Industry Talks on Showrunning in Europe

The European Showrunner Training is flanked by several industry talks – both online and at major industry events. The European Showrunner Think Tank opens the discussion to industry audiences, focusing on core areas such as creative control, legal issues, and social responsibility.  With the European Showrunner Think Tank, the ESP aims to contribute to discussing, defining, and eventually establishing the showrunner position in Europe.

This event is part of the European Showrunner Programme and is supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, The Film and Media Fund NRW, Netflix, and Series Mania.


Online and in person at major industry events


Participation in the European Showrunner Think Tank is free of charge
(in case of on-site panel discussions at industry events, access may be limited to accredited delegates)

Upcoming Events

»Showrunning in Europe – Directing in the Showrunner Model«

The European Showrunner Think Tank explores and discusses the advantages and challenges of showrunning in Europe. The upcoming session at Seriencamp Conference is dedicated to Directing in the Showrunner Model.

While more and more European series are helmed by showrunners, this work model is still new to the European series market.
The European Showrunner Think Tank sets out to shed light on the advantages and challenges of showrunning in Europe from the perspectives of all parties involved. The upcoming panel is dedicated to Directing in the Showrunner Model. Renowned European directors and producers with experience in directing and producing high-quality series projects discuss the differences between the directing position in the showrunner model and their traditional role as directors. Examples from several parts of Europe shed light on how a fruitful cooperation between director and showrunner may increase the quality of a show. The discussion will focus both on aspects are working well in current forms of the showrunner model – and on areas which, from the director's point of view, still call for improvement in the European context.

Kaat Beels
| director, writer, producer (»Tabula Rasa«, »The Clan«, »Hotel Beau Séjour«), Belgium
Nathalie Basteyns | director, writer, producer (»The Clan«, »Hotel Beau Séjour«), Belgium
Annetta Laufer | director, writer (»Get Millie Black«, »Doctor Who«), United Kingdom
Lutz Heineking, jr. | director, writer, producer (»Andere Eltern«, »Drinnen«, »Wir sind die Meyers«), Germany

Adrian Spring  | writer & showrunner (»Nr. 47«, »Neumatt«, »All You Need«), Switzerland

Event Series: European Showrunner Think Tank
Topic: Showrunning in Europe – Directing in the Showrunner Model
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Time: 09:30 - 10:15 a.m. CEST
Place: Seriencamp Conference | Cinenova | Herbrandstraße 11, Cologne

Please note that an accreditation to Seriencamp Conference is required!

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Previous Events 2023


The first Think Tank of the European Showrunner Programme 2023 took place on February 2, 2023 at 11 am during the TV Drama Visions Conference in Göteborg.

Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. (CEST)
Part of the TV Drama Visions Conference at Göteborg International Film Festival

We are delighted to welcome Julie Andem, the creator, writer and director of the groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed hit series »SKAM« as panelist of the first European Showrunner Think Tank in 2023. As one of the region’s most innovative creators in the world of drama series, Andem has not only succeeded in resonating with a global audience of young adults, but also explored and inspired new avenues of distribution and proved how the power of storytelling can travel over social, geographic and generational boundaries. In this fireside stage interview, we dwelve into Skam’s unique storytelling approach and international impact with numerous remakes all over the world, and what's next for Andem. A special focus lay on Andem's work as a showrunner and the opportunities and challenges she sees for showrunning in Europe.

Julie Andem | writer and director (»Skam«), Norway

Andrea Reuter  | Journalist, Producer, Finland

Showrunning in Europe: Spotlight on Julie Andem (SKAM)


The second Think Tank of the European Showrunner Programme 2023 took place online on May 31, 2023 at 5 pm.

Wednesday, May31, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CEST)

Showrunner Chris Chibnall (»Broadchurch«, »Doctor Who«) granted insights into his individual approach to showrunning and into the current situation for showrunners in Europe with a focus on the UK market.
The UK was one of the first European countries to adopt the showrunner model from the US. Today, a large number of British series are produced using variations of the showrunner model. BAFTA and Peabody Award-winning screenwriter, executive producer and playwright Chris Chibnall is one of the pioneers of this approach. In this session, he looked back at the transition from traditional working methods to this innovative form of series production. He reflected on the development of his own personal showrunning style, and discussed the opportunities this new position offers to promote a much-needed shift towards a more diverse, equal and inclusive series market.

Chris Chibnall | Writer and Showrunner (»Broadchurch«, »Doctor Who«), UK

Marike Muselaers  | Lumière Benelux Group, Belgium

Previous Events 2022


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