The European Showrunner Programme (ESP) aims at establishing the showrunner position in Europe. 

It is truly unique in its content and scope and consists of two elements:

European Showrunner Training
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European Showrunner Training

A part-time training and mentoring programme designed for experienced European series writers offering comprehensive insights and key skills for showrunners in Europe

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European Showrunner Think Tank
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European Showrunner Think Tanks

A series of industry panels providing a platform for exchange and discussion to further develop, define and eventually establish the showrunner approach in Europe

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News from the European Showrunner Programme

When I became a showrunner for the first time, I expected the job to be more-or-less like that of an episode writer – only with more power. I was in for a big surprise. Leading the writers’ room is not just about writing, and outside the room a whole new range of disciplines awaits. Being a showrunner is a highly complex job. This course wants to equip European showrunners with the skills needed not just to create their series, but to properly run their show.

Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Writer »Borgen«, Creator/Showrunner »Follow the Money«
Head of Programme

Jeppe Gjervig Gram
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The European Showrunner Programme is a much needed initiative addressing a pressing issue which will benefit both individual writers and the European series industry significantly.

Carolin Otto

President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE)

Carolin Otto
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There is a big demand of showrunners, but training courses are still hard to find. The new European Showrunner Programme is an answer to the continuing boom in the series market and the shortage of skilled workers. We are pleased to be able to support the training programme as a partner and are looking forward to the results.

Petra Müller

CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Petra Müller, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
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The ifs’ European Showrunner Programme stands for everything that Netflix hopes to accomplish with its investments in educational and training programs in Europe. Giving writers a deeper understanding of producing is essential in their path to becoming real showrunners. This will not only make them better producers, but, ultimately, also better writers, and will lead to the creation of yet even greater shows in the future.

Benjamin Harris

Manager, Grow Creative, DACH, Nordics, CEE - Netflix

Ben Harris, Netflix
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Roundup 2022

European Showrunner Programme 2022

We have sucessfully completed the very first edition of the European Showrunner Programme!

Please find our Round-up 2022-broschure below (downloadable as PDF) featuring a summary of the European Showrunner Training as well as the European Showrunner Think Tanks.


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