Four events make up the core of the executive education:
OCTOBER – CONTENT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Through pitching practice training and sessions on leadership and core values, the producers learn more about themselves and each other, their own businesses and the types of projects they produce. Group sessions and walk & talk discussions provide insight into early development problems such as preparing intention notes, working with talents and maintaining good relationships with writers and directors. During group sessions led by consultants, producers are encouraged to offer each other script advice, and analyse financing plans and marketing materials. Participants also benefit from individual consultancy meetings analysing the concepts, dramaturgy, financing plan, and target audiences of their projects.
7th – 12th October 2024 in Leiden, The Netherlands
NOVEMBER – FINANCING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
Interactive sessions exploring international financing opportunities and strategies through detailed analysis of producers’ finance plans, with input provided by high-grade professionals from across the industry. A uniquely open exchange of experience and ideas which sheds light on the evolution of co-production practices, of public and private funding schemes, and of the global marketplace in the digital age.
18th – 23rd November 2024 in Warsaw, Poland
APRIL – BUSINESS PROSPECTS WORKSHOP
The workshop aims to help the producers discover more solid business development strategies in order to expand their knowledge and field of competence regarding their own leadership skills, overall management of the company and its team. Sessions on business growth, designed to provide producers with models of sustainable company management and ways to build businesses that have real value. Evaluating business opportunities and threats during group sessions, walk & talks and interactive discussions guide the producers through keener applications of business techniques and diversified commercial activities.
April 2025, exact dates and location to be announced
ACE PRODUCERS ANNUAL REUNION
Held in a different country every year over a long springtime weekend, and open to all members of the ACE Network, this event is an occasion for experienced producers to share news, knowledge, opinion and practical advice in an informal but confidential environment. Warts-and-all case-studies, production company showcases, insider-information sessions, and more.
Directly following the Business Prospects Workshop, exact dates and location to be announced.