EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.

Internationally renowned training programme Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has unveiled its participants for this year’s edition.

The 24 producers were selected by the Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) (Germany) and partner Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) (Canada).

Although designed for independent producers from Europe, Canada, and the US, TAP also offers three positions for producers from all over the world, which this year come from India, Australia and Mexico.

TAP’s seventh edition will be incorporated into two training modules taking place in Berlin (June 16-21) and Halifax (Sept 14-20), and the producers will also participate as full delegates at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners co-pro market.

For the first time, TAP has included TV drama projects in addition to its traditional feature film focus.

Experts for this year’s edition include Belladona Productions’ René Bastian (Cold In July); Buffalo Gal Pictures’ Phyllis Laing; K5 International’s Oliver Simon; Klaus Zimmermann of Dynamic Television; and 19-2’s Lorri Faughan.

“We are especially pleased to provide this year’s producers with a focus on TV drama projects in addition to narrative feature films, addressing the actual shifts within the industry,” said Nadja Radojevic, EPI’s CEO and director of training.

”CMPA is proud to continue as a Presenting Partner of TAP which offers Canadian producers a one of a kind opportunity to work intensively with producers from around the world to develop strong projects for international coproduction. The additional focus on TV productions is an excellent addition to this year’s programme,” said Michael Hennessy, president and CEO CMPA.

As TAP Head of Studies, Jan Miller added: “Exploring the synergies between film and television projects combined with this year’s line-up of producers receiving Expert feedback and direction in content, financing, packaging distribution and marketing creates an exciting dynamic for TAP 2015.”

TAP 2015 participants


  • Simon Amberger, Germany
  • Sebastien Aubert, France
  • Rudolf Biermann, Czech Republic
  • Jacqueline de Goeij, Belgium
  • Sylvia Günthner, Germany
  • Martin Heisler, Germany
  • Rachel Lysaght, Ireland
  • Christof Neracher, Switzerland
  • Diarmid Scrimshaw, UK


  • Coral Aiken
  • Patrick Banister
  • John Barbisan
  • Amy Belling
  • Isaac Clements
  • Jeff Kopas
  • Linda Ludwick
  • Robyn Wiener


  • Mollye Asher
  • Diane Houslin
  • Tommy Oliver
  • Riel Roch Decter


  • Vivek Kajaria, India
  • Ozcar Ramirez Gonzalez, Mexico
  • Lisa Shaunessy, Australia