BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS: International VOD/Digital Opportunities for Indies
There is a new whole world of streaming platforms across the globe looking for content for their growing audiences. This session will provide a detailed overview of who ELSE is ‘out there’ beyond the Netflix / Amazon-like streaming giants. Gain insight into various key international competitors (multi-region, regional, telecoms, cable, OTT) and the many complementary ‘’niche‘’ or genre-specific platforms that also buy and/or fund films. You will leave this presentation with a kickstart to other opportunities out there as well as various pragmatic tips to help prioritize and navigate the maze, including outreach, rights, windows, and licensing deals.
Wendy Bernfeld, founder/MD of Rights Stuff Europe
Wendy BernfeldFounder & CEO, Rights Stuff (Amsterdam)
Wendy Bernfeld, former Montrealer and founder/CEO of Rights Stuff (Amsterdam) www.rights-stuff.com, is a passionate film buff with 25+ years in film/paytv/VOD channel startup, biz dev and content/programming experience in N.A. and EMEA/international. This includes (before Rights Stuff) prior multi-region roles as CEO Canal+ International, MD Alliance Atlantis and earlier on as entertainment lawyer.
Wendy has a J.D./LLB from Queens University, after one year of BA/MBA at McGill & University of Toronto. She was earlier, one of 10 Law Clerks to Chief Justice, Supreme Court and remains a member of the Ontario and UK bars.
Since founding Rights Stuff consulting/digital agency in ’99, she provides content strategy and pragmatic licensing, including curation, acquisition, distribution and development, to maximize rights/windows/audiences across an evolving digital landscape. Key expertise is international pay/svod/OTT licensing and Originals deals – whether traditional, digital-first/webseries, cross platform, blockchain and/or VR), and going beyond just the big5 to other thematic and regional services – the new buyers and funders – who compete and complement them.
Wendy is also frequent lecturer on digital media and VR (business), as well as a strong supporter of the production/festival sectors, including advisory boards (IDFA, Binger Film Institute, The Film Collaborative etc). In 2010, Wendy was named as one of the “Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010” by Oscar-winning independent producer Ted Hope.