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EUROPEAN SHOWRUNNER THINK TANK

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.

SCHEDULE
(topics and dates subject to change)

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. The session constitutes the opening panel of the European Showrunner Think Tank, a series of industry events aimed at 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.

Speakers:
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 find here the recording of the session

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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

Guests: 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

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.

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THINK TANK III
Embracing Diversity & Social Responsibility | Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CEST, via Zoom

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

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

Target Group
International series creators, TV executives, producers, other industry audiences

Language
English

Venue
Online and in person at major industry events

Fee
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)

Partners
ESP is created and organized by the ifs internationale filmschule köln with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and NETFLIX.

ifs internationale filmschule köln
The ifs is a leading full study and professional training institution. Since 2013, the ifs has been offering the MA Serial Storytelling – Europe’s first and only master’s programme focusing on collaborative writing for series. Furthermore the ifs has more than 20 years’ experience and an excellent track record in providing high-quality training for audio-visual professionals in Germany and international. More

Subscribe to updates
To sign up for our mailing list on the European Showrunner Think Tank please visit https://www.filmschule.de/service/infos-abonnieren/

Contact
Carolin Grosse Hellmann
Head of Serial Storytelling /
Professional Training for Screenwriters/
European Showrunner Programme
T + 49 221.920188-261 | showrunners[at]filmschule.de

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