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The London Screenwriters' Festival is Europe's biggest annual event for screenwriters, film makers and industry professionals. We had over 50 speakers here is the list...

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Tim Bevan - Producer - Working Title Films

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because with over 100 credits on his IMDB profile for movies that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide, won 6 Oscars and 26 BAFTA’s… you can’t afford not to listen to him.
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John August - Screenwriter / Director / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Do you really need to ask?!
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Gub Neal - Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s an award winning producer who has headed up the Drama departments at both Channel 4 and Granada and is now one of the most prolific producers in UK television today.
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Ben Stephenson - BBC Head Drama Commissioner

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s worked for Tiger Aspect, Granada and Channel 4 and is now Head of Drama Commissioning at the BBC.  You got a drama you want commissioning?  This is the man to listen to.
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Tony Jordan - Writer / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s written for and created some of the most iconic and successful British TV series of all time.  He’s a TV writing legend!
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Daniel Glaser - Neuroscientist | Wellcome Trust

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he is Head of Special Projects in public engagement at the Wellcome Trust, sponsors of the 'Inspired by Science' £5000 Treatment Award at the LSF.
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Nicola Shindler

Nicola Shindler - Producer

Why You Should Listen to Her...Because everything she touches turns to gold!  As founder of Red Production Company she has produced multi award winning programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky One. 
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Ollie Madden - VP Production | Warner Bros. UK

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because in the last decade he's developed and produced projects at three of the biggest companies in the land -- Intermedia Films, Miramax and Warner Bros.
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Julian Gerighty - Head of IP Development | Ubisoft Entertainment

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's the games guy!  You want to know how to get into the games world, this is the guy who'll tell you how.
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Ben Pugh - Producer | Between The Eyes

LAST MINUTE ADDITION...
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Philip Shelley - Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s been an actor, a script editor, a Development Exec and Head of Development.  As an independent producer he has projects in development with BBC Comedy and the UKFC.  That’s reason enough for us!
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Simon Passmore - Writer / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he had a successful career producing for the BBC on projects by the likes of Jimmy McGovern and Lynda La Plante before forming his own successful production company.
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Stuart Hazeldine - Screenwriter

 Why You Should Listen to Him...Because he’s a British screenwriter successfully working in Hollywood for major studios on big budget projects with big name casts.
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Jonathan Newman - Screenwriter / Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because in the space of two years he has successfully adapted not one but two of his award winning short films into features which he not only wrote but also directed.
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Michael Bassett - Screenwriter / Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he put Billy Elliot and Gollum in the trenches!  But more importantly because he's exactly where the majority of us want to be, writing and directing his own fully financed, big budget movies.
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Barrie Keeffe - Screenwriter / Playwright

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he wrote THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY – easily one of the top ten British films of all time!
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Dean Craig

Dean Craig - Screenwriter / Director

Why You Should Listen to Him...Because in the space of six years he wrote and directed a short - DEATH AT A FUNERAL - then adapted it into a UK feature that not only got made, but remade and remade again!  First by Bollywood, then by Hollywood!
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Barbara Machin - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Her...Because she's won a BAFTA and an EMMY and has a proven track record writing for successful long running series.
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Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil - TV Comedy Screenwriters

Why You Should Listen to Them... Because they're two seriously funny guys who write seriously funny and super successful TV.
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Lisa Holdsworth - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s a British writer who has consistently worked on an impressive selection of successful, long running series.  Here is someone who can teach you not only how to get your foot in the door but how to keep it there once you’re in.
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Lance Nielsen - Playwright and Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's an award winning Playwright whose company mission statement is to "Entertain, educate, stimulate and inform the audience..." all the while "...challenging their way of thinking".  And thus far he hasn't failed to deliver!
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Rick Drew - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's worked with Terrence Malick, Robert Altman and Ivan Reitman.  Oh and he also wrote for MacGyver...come on!
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Alexis Nolent - Writer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he writes video games, comic books and novels and has projects in development with Brad Pitt's 'Plan B', David Fincher and James Mangold.
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Phil O'Shea - Screenwriter / Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he writes TV, plays, shorts and features – he’s a veritable master of the mediums!
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Helen Blizard - Actress / Screenwriter

LAST MINUTE ADDITION...
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Andrew Taft - Screenwriter

LAST MINUTE ADDITION...
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Barbara Jago - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's an award winning screenwriter who's got a credit list as long as your arm.  Working mainly in Germany, this is the lady to listen to about writing for the European market.
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Steve Hawes - Screenwriter / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's a successful bi-lingual screenwriter, playwright and producer.  There's not many perspectives he doesn't cover!
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Lucy V. Hay - Screenwriter / Script Editor

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's a lean, mean, reading and writing machine!
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Sam Snape - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because films, television, plays, radio - this guy has done it all!
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Janice Day - Screenwriter / Comedienne

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's hilarious and she knows how to work the room...while being hilarious.
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Daniel Martin Eckhart - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because his scripts are regularly produced on the huge German market, because he knows what works and how you get through that door - and because he doesn't believe in writer's block.
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Tim Clague

Tim Clague - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him...  Because he’s a BAFTA nominated scriptwriter who is ”always looking for new ways to tell stories” while at the same time successfully utilizing new media techniques in order to get projects made.
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Marc Pye - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s a TV writer working on shows we all know, love and recognise; plus he’s written two novels, three short films and a feature due to be released this year.  Prolific and successful – why should you listen to him?  Stupid question.
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Andy Briggs - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he wrote on JUDGE DREADD, FREDDY VS JASON and AQUAMAN.
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Danny Stack - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s written for EASTENDERS and DOCTORS and, as a story analyst, has worked with some of the biggest hitters around -- he knows what these people are looking for!
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Amelia Granger - Development Executive

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she started at the bottom, worked her way to the top and is now a Development Executive at Working Title Films, arguably the most prolific production company operating in the UK today.
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Colleen Woodcock - Head of Creative Affairs | Pathe Productions

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's got over 20 years under her development belt and is now Head of Creative Affairs at Pathe Productions.
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Sophie Meyer - Head of Development | Ealing Studios

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s head of development at Ealing Studios, the only UK Studio to have its own production arm.
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Paul Trijbits - Executive Producer | Ruby Films

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s got a credit list as long as your arm of critically acclaimed, commercially successful and multi award winning films.
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Kate Harwood - Controller Series & Serials | BBC Drama

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's Controller of the BBC's Series and Serials Drama Production department...that's why.
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Paul Ashton - Development Producer | BBC Writersroom

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he finds, nurtures and promotes writers for the BBC. He’s the guy who could open that first door for you.
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Rosie Alison - Head of Development | Heyday Films

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s directed documentaries, produced features and is now Head of Development at Heyday Films.
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Nik Bower - Investment Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s the man who tells Ingenious Media what to spend their money on.
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Julian Friedmann - Literary Agent

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he lectures all over the world on the business of screenwriting and is the brains and power behind Europe’s leading scriptwriting magazine -- suffice it to say, there’s not much this man doesn’t know about scriptwriting.
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Conrad Williams - Literary Agent

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because Because he has been repping top talent for over 24 years.
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Katie Williams - Film & TV Agent

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's a rising star in the agency world.
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Alex Mandell - Co-Production & Acquisitions Executive | Paramount

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because not only is he currently an Acquisitions Exec at Paramount Pictures, he's also done time with some of the biggest production companies in the land.
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Ceri Meyrick

Ceri Meyrick - Development Producer | BBC Drama

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because in heading up the BBC Drama Writer’s Academy, she has successfully trained many writers who have gone on to secure jobs within the industry.
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Noelle Morris - Head of TV Drama | Kudos

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's worked with some of the biggest fish in UK TV and is now Head of TV Drama Development at Kudos.
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Helen Brunsdon - Executive Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she has eighteen years under her belt producing and developing in the animation industry.
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Peter Buckingham - Head of Distribution & Exhibition | UKFC

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because there’s nothing this man can’t teach you about distribution!
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Kate Adamson

K D Adamson - Marketing and Media Strategist

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because in this new age of self distribution and the PMD, anyone described as "Marketing Viagra" demands to be heard!
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Alex Stolz - Senior Executive Distribution & Exhibition | UKFC

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because as the man who currently manages the UKFC’s P&A Fund which backs 20+ films a year, Alex is the one who’s ‘Yay’ or ‘Nay’ could change your life forever.
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Jurgen Wolff

Jurgen Wolff - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s written over 100 episodes of TV including working on classics such as FAMILY TIES, BENSON and THE LOVE BOAT.  If you want to know how to write good, sellable TV, Jurgen (pardon the pun) promises something for everyone!
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Phil Parker - Development Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he founded and ran the most successful MA screenwriting course in the UK from 1992-2004;  from which over 70% of delegates went onto achieve screenwriting credits throughout Europe and the USA.
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Suzanne Smith - Casting Director

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's a double EMMY winner and has worked with some of the biggest actors on some of the biggest movies - she can tell you from first hand experience how to attract the big names to your script.
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Charles Harris - Screenwriter / Director / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s done it all!   Learning many crafts to become a craftsman, Charles is now an award winning director in his own right.
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Paul Bassett Davies - Screenwriter / Euroscript Founder

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he once wrote for Spike Milligan -- 'nuff said!
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Kate Leys - Script Editor

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because in her time as Head of Development at FilmFour and Capitol Films she commissioned and developed some of the UK's most successful feature films. 
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Anita Ondine

Anita Ondine - Director

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s gone from intellectual property and technology lawyer to Senior VP at Lehman Brothers to a diverse and risk-taking filmmaker who, not surprisingly, likes to “Play on the edge”.
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Ellin Stein - Script Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she operates a script consultancy business and has worked as a story analyst for some of the major studios.
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Craig Batty - Screenwriter / Educator

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s not only a screenwriter, he’s a screenwriter with a PhD…in screenwriting.  Trust him – he’s a doctor!
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Elliot Grove - Educator

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he founded Raindance Film Festival, the British Independent Film Awards, and Raindance.TV.
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Linda Aronson - Screenwriter / Educator

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s an award winning Scriptwriter, Playwright and Novelist who lectures around the world on Screenwriting.
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Jon Walker - Editor

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's edited dozens of documentaries on as wide a range of subjects as SARS, the Iraq war, house music and even the formation of the Universe...
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Helen Jacey - Screenwriter / Educator

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because nobody recognises the need for or knows how to write memorable, intelligent, strong and authentic female characters better than her.
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Amy Walker - Director / Producer

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because if you're a parent and a freelancer struggling with the demands of both roles, Amy and her organisation (Media Parents) can help you achieve the flexibility you need to manage both successfully.
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Richard Tierney & Mark McKergow - Educators

Why You Should Listen to Them... Because their revolutionary new script development workshop CONSTELLATIONS was packed out at Cheltenham two years running with many delegates describing it as "The highlight of the festival".
Read more about Richard and Mark

Keith Cunningham - Film Maker / Screenwriter / Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because his seminars offer both experienced writers and newcomers, producers, directors, and other media professionals in-depth insight into screenwriting and story development. 
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Evan Leighton Davis - Script Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because in total he has assessed over 3,000 projects for Britain's leading film companies and funding bodies.
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Sarah Olley - Script Editor / Development Producer / Writer

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because as a script consultant she's read and analysed over a thousand scripts, from world class writers to emerging newbies.
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Bernie Corbett - Trade Unionist | Writers' Guild UK

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's been the General Secretary of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain since 2000.
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Gail Renard - Television Chair | Writers' Guild UK

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's a BAFTA award-winning television writer and performer.  Oh and because she became mates with John and Yoko after sneaking into their Bed-In.  No really!
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Joe Mefford - Director of Marketing | Final Draft

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's our man on the ground at Final Draft.  What this guy doesn't know about screenwriting software...
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Andrew Subramaniam & Barry Kernon - Specialist Accountants

Why You Should Listen to Them... Because they could save you a stack of money and...who doesn't need help with their accounts?
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Nicholas Lom - Entertainment Lawyer

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s a legal lawyer who also has hands on experience in film.  Here’s the man who can decipher those contracts and translate all that legalese into language filmmakers can understand.
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Stephen Gyllenhaal - Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s directed just about every big hitter in town. Plus he directed an episode of TWIN PEAKS and that on its own is enough for us!
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Rebecca Gatward - Director

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she's directed EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, CASUALTY and numerous successful stage plays.
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Chris Jones - Film Maker

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he writes the best selling GUERILLA FILM MAKERS HANDBOOKS and he was Oscar shortlisted for his multi award winning short film GONE FISHING.
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Eddie Hamilton - Film Editor

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because in addition to his unique Editor's perspective, his unwavering dedication to his craft and infectious enthusiasm for film never fails to inspire anyone who comes within three feet of him.
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Olly Blackburn - Writer / Director

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because the Daily Mail reviewer called his first film (DONKEY PUNCH) “the sickest, vilest, most depraved film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through!”
Read more about Olly

Chris Atkins - Documentary Film Maker

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he’s behind some of Britain’s most innovative and acclaimed films of recent times, including the UK’s first ever Kung Fu movie!  Any man who can pull that off…!
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Chris Hill - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he's talented, bright and emerging at breakneck speed!  Plus he was invited to join the SKINS' new writing team and is currently writing a feature for Incendiary Pictures.
Read more about Chris

Deborah Haywood - Screenwriter

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s an exciting up-and-comer who has done more and risen faster in the last three years than most dare to dream of.
Read more about Deborah


James Collie - Documentary Film Maker

Why You Should Listen to Him... Because he shot his documentary BEYOND BIBA for £5k and managed to sell and distribute the film himself, selling out cinemas in the UK, doing his own DVD release and selling it to Sky TV. 
Read more about James

Shirani Le Mercier - Production & Development Consultant

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she worked for Sony Pictures for 9 years and is now an independent project and talent scout with her own production company.
Read more about Shirani

Deva Palmier - Screenwriter / Director

Why You Should Listen to Her... Because she’s an award winning short film writer and director, because she won runner up in the BBC’s New Filmmakers award, because she has been mentored by Gurinder Chadha and, perhaps most importantly, because she’s out there and she’s doing it…very well.
Read more about Deva


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