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

Upcoming Think Tanks

Showrunning in Europe: The Producers’ Perspective | Thursday, October 20, 2022, on site at the European Series Day / Film Festival Cologne

Showrunning in Europe – Conclusion & Outlook: The European Showrunner Model | December 2022, online

Please check back for regular updates and subcribe below to receive invites.

Previous Events


THINK TANK I - Showrunning: A European Approach

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm, at Series Mania, Lille

In Europe, the definition of a showrunner is not fixed, but differs not only from country to country, but also from production to production. This lack of clarity often causes confusion and frustration for the various parties involved. This panel aims to shed light on the current situation for showrunners and writer/producers in the European series market, focusing on the opportunities and challenges this new approach implies.


  • Jeppe Gjervig Gram, writer and showrunner (»Borgen«, »Follow the Money«), and Head of Programme of the European Showrunner Programme, Denmark
  • Annette Hess, writer and showrunner (»We Children from Bahnhof Zoo«, »Ku’damm 56/59/63«), Germany
  • Frank Spotnitz, CEO Big Light Productions, showrunner, writer and executive producer (»Leonardo«, »Medici«, »The X-Files«, »The Man in the High Castle«), USA/UK/France
  • Moderator: Marie Roussin, writer and showrunner (»Lupin«, »Mixte«), France

Please watch the recording of the Think Tank below.


THINK TANK II - Showrunning in Europe: The Broadcaster’s Perspective

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CEST, via Zoom

The position of the showrunner is still fairly new in the Europe series industry, but the demand is growing. European broadcasters slowly but surely open up to the showrunner model and start exploring options to implement it.
This panel aims to shed light on the broadcaster’s perspective and gives voice to representatives from European broadcasters and streamers sharing their experiences with the showrunner model, the challenges and their visions for the future.


  • Marianne Furevold, Executive Producer, NRK Drama, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Bettina Alber, Head of Series, SRF Swiss Radio and Television
  • Christian Wikander, Commissioning Editor and VP, Original Programming HBO Max Nordic
  • Moderator: Torsten Zarges, Chief Reporter DWDL.de, Cologne

Please watch the recording of the Think Tank below.


THINK TANK III - Embracing Diversity & Social Responsibility

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CEST, via Zoom

Showrunners are the lead creatives overseeing the entire creation and production process – a position that combines huge responsibilities with unique opportunities. In our European Showrunner Programme we want to encourage a more diverse and societal approach to producing and telling stories. Showrunner can make a real difference and have a lasting impact by considering those factors, spreading them among cast, crew and audience. This panel aims to showcase opportunities and discuss challenges that come with implementing societal issues in TV series.


  • Nataly Kudiabor | Executive Producer »All You Need«, Managing Director UFA Fiction, Germany

  • Lauren Schmidt Hissrich | Executive Producer »The Witcher«, Writer, Producer »Private Practice«, USA

  • Host: Marike Muselaers | Chief Content and Partnerships Officer, Lumière Benelux Group, Belgium

Please watch the recording of the Think Tank below.

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