Ben DONALD BBC WORLDWIDE
| Executive Producer - International Drama
Ben Donald is the Executive Producer International Drama at BBC Worldwide. Reporting into Tim Mutimer, SVP EMEA, Sales and Distribution, Ben is responsible for developing and managing international co-productions for drama, taking projects through from concept stage to funding and on to completion.
In this role, Ben works closely with the Sales & Distribution and Content & Production divisions at BBC Worldwide, BBC Drama, with BBC Worldwide’s overseas production offices and UK Indie partners, and with the commissioning departments within broadcasters internationally, with a particular focus on Europe.
Ben Donald joined BBC Worldwide in 2001 as Territory Manager for Italy. He then managed a number of the sales teams across Southern Europe, Russia and Latin America, before moving into his current position, which he has been doing for the last two and a half years. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Ben worked in both editorial and international rights at publishing houses Thames and Hudson, and Pavilion.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies. As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres. It runs BBC Showcase, the world’s biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions.
Susanne MUELLER ZDF ENTERPRISES
| Head of Coproductions and Development
Carmi ZLOTNIK STARZ
| Managing Director
Carmi Zlotnik is Managing Director for Starz, LLC, which holds the businesses of Starz Entertainment and Starz Media. In this lead executive role, Zlotnik is responsible for programming and development activities for Starz Entertainment as well as overseeing production of Starz’s original series, including the hit, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” the upcoming new dramatic series “Magic City,” and future additional series. Zlotnik joined Starz in April 2010.
Most recently, Zlotnik was Head of Global Operations for IMG Global Media. At IMG, Zlotnik oversaw all aspects of international business operations for the Global Media division, including responsibilities for creative development and finance/operational management for the fashion, sports and media conglomerate. Zlotnik’s portfolio included leading UK independent production companies, Tiger Aspect and Darlow Smithson. Zlotnik was also a lead executive for IMG Sports, the world’s largest independent sports production business. Zlotnik also led successful restructuring efforts for all of IMG’s entertainment, digital and production businesses.
Prior to that, Zlotnik enjoyed a storied 20-year career at HBO, Inc. where he held various executive management positions, including tenures as Executive Vice President of New Media Programming and Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, Business Development & New Media. Throughout his executive career at HBO, Zlotnik held key strategic responsibilities for HBO original programming. Zlotnik was a leader in building the original programming strategy and identifying business extensions and crafting new businesses opportunities for HBO. Zlotnik was also responsible for the US Comedy Arts Festival, The Comedy Festival: Las Vegas and created the HBO Animation division.
While head of Original Programming Production at HBO, Zlotnik oversaw and supervised production for numerous shows including the "Band of Brothers" mini-series, "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Six Feet Under," "From the Earth to the Moon" and "The Larry Sanders Show". Zlotnik also headed production for HBO Independent Productions and supervised shows including "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Martin," "The Ben Stiller Show" and "Roc." In 2002, Zlotnik led the HBO team that received the first interactive Emmy for the website supporting "Band of Brothers." In 1989, Zlotnik received a Cable ACE® Award and an Emmy® nomination for his work as co-producer on the HBO Comedy Special "Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow."
Zlotnik lives in Encino, CA.