Marti Noxon, Agnieszka Holland, Michael Hirst, Frank Doelger, Hagai Levi, Stefan Arndt, Cyril Tysz, Ossi Nishri and Michael Polle have been named as the speakers for the first edition of Seriesmakers, the training programme launched by French TV festival Series Mania to help feature filmmakers move into TV.
The programme aims to support film talent working on a new scripted series to develop a complete pitch deck, guided by experienced directors, show runners, writers, and producers.
Ten teams with an idea for a TV series will be selected to participate in the training programme. Directors who had at least one feature film screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years (2017-2022) are eligible. The eligible directors can submit in teams of either director-producer or director-writer.
Each team will be mentored by experienced creatives, such as German producer Janine Jackowski, Israeli writer and script doctor Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, international development producer Isabelle Lindberg Pechou and Brazilian producer, director and showrunner Felipe Braga.
A jury will award two teams a €50,000 ($52,000) grant each to develop a pilot script and a full package with additional support by Beta’s content division, led by CCO Koby Gal Raday. The two winning teams will also be invited to Series Mania’s Forum to present their projects to industry decision makers, broadcasters, platforms, co-producers, and financiers. The Kirch Foundation award will be given to an emerging talent.
Seriesmakers was launched in March at Series Mania in Lille, in partnership with European content house Beta Group, offering €50,000 ($52,000) to two selected projects. A new award of €20,000 ($21,000 for emerging talent introduced by the Kirch Foundation is also being established.