The European Showrunner Training is an intensive 6-month advanced training and mentoring programme designed to provide experienced European series writers with the opportunity to acquire and refine the skills needed for taking on the demanding role of a showrunner.

Through online and residential seminars as well as one-on-one mentoring, the programme supports each participant in cultivating the mindset and self-awareness necessary for becoming a successful showrunner in Europe.


Topics include:

  • Creative Leadership
  • Head Writing, Producing, Directing, Editing
  • Social Impact – On and Off Screen
The European Showrunner Programme has helped me find strength and developed my leadership skills as a writer and showrunner in the projects that I’m currently working on and for future projects. The community I‘ve found with the other writers and showrunners helps and guides me when I encounter professional challenges.

Julie Skaufel

Writer & Director | »Home for Christmas« (season 1 & 2), »I Do«
Participant 2022

Julie Skaufel
I’ve been dreaming of becoming a showrunner for years, but didn’t know where to start. The European Showrunner Training gave me a good idea what a European showrunner could and should do, practical tools for showrunning, and most importantly: courage to ask for what I want. Now I’m developing my first show as a showrunner and can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with others.

Katri Manninen

Writer | »Shadow Lines«, »Secret of the Borderwoods«
Participant 2022

Katri Manninen
The European Showrunner Programme is like a great anthology series – every module is another fascinating story with inspiring characters – and you can always find something interesting that improves not only your showrunner skills.

Wiktor Piątkowski

Writer & Producer | »The Pack (Wataha)«, »War Girls (Wojenne dziewczyny)«
Participant 2022

Wiktor Piątkowski

Content

The European Showrunner Programme (ESP) is designed for brilliant series writers with a strong creative vision, who know their craft and enjoy creative collaboration as well as leading teams.

Building on this foundation, the ESP aims to provide them with key insights and skills related to the production and creative leadership sides of the showrunner’s position, such as

  • understanding budgets
  • understanding schedules
  • understanding their business partners and all members of their creative team
  • understanding how to hire the right people
  • understanding how to put their creative partners into a position to succeed
  • understanding their social impact both as storytellers and team leaders

 

The following subject areas and topics will be covered:

Creative Leadership

The European Showrunner Programme centres on Creative Leadership. Leadership models and skills relevant for the role of the showrunner as well as individual showrunners leadership styles build the core of the ESP. These topics are addressed continuously throughout the program, both in class and in one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Hard Skills

Participants will learn how to structure and intertwine the dense writing and production processes required when creating and producing drama series today. They deepen their knowledge of areas such as producing, directing, and editing and explore various aspects of visual style.

Social Impact

The powerful role stories play in society, reaching and affecting the minds, viewpoints, and beliefs of local and global audiences alike, is a well-studied phenomenon. By featuring characters that audiences grow closely attached to – sometimes for a lifetime – series constitute a form of storytelling that has a particularly strong influence. A showrunner must take this into account as well as the fact that the work culture they foster, the diversity of their cast and crew, and the wasteful or sustainable way in which the show is produced also reflects this responsibility.

Analysis, Discussion, and Definition

At the end of each module, there will be a reflection on the topics and challenges addressed and a discussion on how to implement these findings into a future model of showrunning in Europe

Mentoring

Another important feature of the programme is one-on-one meetings with personal mentors. In four online meetings of 90 minutes each, mentors will support each participant individually in exploring what kind of showrunner they aim to be.

  1. The ESP is no training in screenwriting. Applicants need to bring extensive screenwriting experience.
  2. The ESP is no training in writers‘ room techniques. This knowledge, too, is a prerequisite for all applicants.
  3. The ESP is no training for non-writing professionals. While future editions might include applicants with different backgrounds, the first edition is writer-centred.
  4. The ESP is no project incubator. The focus of this training is on skills and insights. There will be no series projects developed in the course. However, since this is a part-time course, all aspects learned may be immediately applied to the projects the participants are currently working on.

Structure

The ESP is designed as a blended learning programme featuring both on site and online sessions. The European Showrunner Training consists of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, case studies, masterclasses, and mentoring in the form of one-on-one online consultations.

Module 1: The Showrunner as Creator
Module 2: The Showrunner as Head Writer
Module 3: The Producer’s Mindset
Module 4: The Director’s Mindset

 

Sessions in Cologne
June: 3 days
September: 3 days
December: 2 days

 

Weekend Sessions – Online

June: 2 weekends (Fri+Sat, 4h each)
July: 2 weekends (Fri+Sat, 4h each)
August: no classes
September: 2 weekends (Fri+Sat, 4h each)
October: 2 weekends (Fri+Sat, 4h each)
November: 2 weekends (Fri+Sat, 4h each)

Recap Classes – Online (optional)

July: 4 evenings (Wed, 1h each)
September: 4 evenings (Wed, 1h each)

Mentoring – Online  

June – November: 4 individually scheduled one-on-one sessions
 

Fees

The European Showrunner Training has a participation fee of:

  • 1,500 Euros, excluding accommodation, including meals for on-site training modules or
  • 2,500 Euros, including accommodation and meals for on-site training modules (8 days in total)

The actual cost of the European Showrunner Training is significantly higher, but thanks to the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Netflix, we are able to offer this in-depth training for such a reasonable fee.

 

Scholarships

Partial and full scholarships are available in priority (but not exclusively) to candidates from the following countries: Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta, as well as [subject to the conditions being fulfilled for their participation in the MEDIA strand] Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.)

For obtaining a scholarship, applicants are asked to indicate the request in the application form as well as to substantiate their request briefly in their statement of motivation for attending the European Showrunner Training.

Fees

Participations Fees & Scholarships

The European Showrunner Training has a participation fee of

  • 1,500 Euros, excluding accommodation, including meals for on-site training modules
  • 2,500 Euros, including accommodation and meals for on-site training modules (8 days in total)

The actual cost of the European Showrunner Training is significantly higher, but thanks to the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Netflix, we are able to offer this in-depth training for such a reasonable fee.

Scholarships

Partial and full scholarships are available in priority (but not exclusively) to candidates from the following countries: Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta, as well as [subject to the conditions being fulfilled for their participation in the MEDIA strand] Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.)

For obtaining a scholarship, applicants are asked to indicate the request in the application form as well as to substantiate their request briefly in their statement of motivation for attending the European Showrunner Training.

Trainers & Mentors

amongst others

Foto Anne Bjørnstad
© Agnete Brun

Anne Bjørnstad

Lehrende
Writer and Showrunner (»Beforeigners«, »Lilyhammer«), Norway
Foto Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Lehrende
Writer and Showrunner (»Borgen«, »Follow the Money«), Denmark
Head of Programme European Showrunner Programme
Foto Annette Hess
© Ferran Casanova

Annette Hess

Lehrende
Lehrende
Creator, Writer, and Producer (»Ku'damm 56-63«, »We Children from Bahnhof Zoo«), Germany
Foto Philipp Käßbohrer
© Nils Reuter

Philipp Käßbohrer

Lehrende
Lehrende
Writer, Producer and Showrunner (»How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)«), Germany
Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer, bildundtonfabrik (btf)
Foto Jeff Melvoin
© Martha Hartnett Melvoin

Jeff Melvoin

Lehrende
Writer and Showrunner (»Northern Exposure«, »Designated Survivor«, »Killing Eve«), USA
Foto Frank Spotnitz
© Max Colson

Frank Spotnitz

Lehrende
Lehrende
Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer (»The X-Files«, »The Man in the High Castle«), USA/UK
Foto Marianne Wendt
© Rolf Silber

Marianne Wendt

Lehrende
Writer and Showrunner (»Eden«, »Neumatt / New Heights«), Germany

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