Strategic Partners taps keynote speaker

Simon Vaughan co-founded Alchemy

TORONTO -- Alchemy co-founder and partner Simon Vaughan is to deliver the keynote speech at Strategic Partners, the prestigious Canadian international co-production market, organizers said Thursday.

Vaughan's appearance in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 19 follows Alchemy's involvement in a host of international co-productions, including the "Ben Hur" and "Coco Chanel" miniseries and the CBS crime drama "Flashpoint."

Also on Sept. 19, Strategic Partners will feature the TV co-production panel "Forced Marriages or Friends With Benefits, to include BBC Worldwide's Ben Donald, Fox Television Studios' Karyn Smith, Diane Boehme of Astral Television Networks and Jens Richter of Germany's SevenOne International.

The Strategic Partners co-production market, set to run Sept. 18-20, is part of the Atlantic Film Festival.