Target Group

The European Showrunner Training is designed for up to twelve experienced series writers

  • with outstanding screenwriting talent
  • with significant previous writers’ room experience
  • with a clear artistic vision as well as leadership temperament
  • with a keen interest in series producing.
  • with a citizenship in a European country or a country participating in the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme – click here for the current list of participating non-EU countries

(If your country is not listed, you can still apply, as a maximum of two seats can be given to writers from countries outside of Europe and the MEDIA Programme.)

Important: The ESP is neither a screenwriting programme nor a writers’ room training. We expect all participants to bring substantial and extensive experience in series writing and in working in writers’ rooms.

Application Procedure

The application procedure is two-fold:

1. Application (to be submitted via APPLICATION FORM by April 5, 2024)

The following information will be required in English language:

  • Application form (fully completed)
  • CV including previous experiences in the series industry

  • Statement of motivation for becoming a showrunner and for attending this training (2 pages max.)

  • Signed Letter of Recommendation by a showrunner, head writer, producer or TV executive focusing on the applicant’sleadership temperament

  • and producer’s mind-set (including name, company/context, and contact details of the person recommending the candidate).

  • Writing samples (excerpts of 1-3 screenplays – each 10 pages max.)

As soon as the application phase has started (expected for the end of February), you will find the application form here.


2. Interview (24 & 25 April / 29 & 30 April 2024 | 30 Min | via Zoom)

Applicants will be selected by the following criteria:

  • experience in the industry
  • screenwriting talent
  • production-oriented mindset
  • communication skills
  • leadership temperament

Questions of group constellation are also taken into account.

The selection results will be communicated in early May.


Participations Fees & Scholarships

Questions? Please contact us!

Hannah Schorr

Koordinatorin European Showrunner Programme


Stellvertretende Gleichstellungsbeauftragte

+49 221 920188270