Programme / Programme 2020

Since 2020 Série Series is taking place online.
On the programme, masterclasses, discussions and case studies to take the pulse of European creation, published on Série Series new platform.

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The 25images association of directors travelled across Europe to meet with the European directors who presented a series at Série Series 2019 to review their experience on this project, what they learnt from it, and their new perspectives.



- Abigail Mallia

- Harald Hamrell

- Hervé Hadmar

- Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir

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Being a French actress or actor in a foreign series

A discussion by AAFA (Associated Actresses and Actors in France).

Intervenants / Speakers
Laëtitia Eïdo
Sandra Luce
Olivier Kissita
Mehdi Meskar
Pierre Kiwitt

Modéré par / Chaired by
Kevin Elarbi 

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Les Mains bleues


Sened Dhab, VP Digital Scripted for France Télévisions, will review the positive results of the series this past season (Mental, Parlement, Stalk, Skam France...) and present two new projects alongside their creative teams.



Calais, 2020. Habib is 17-year-old Nigerian who, like so many others, wants to cross the Channel to reach the UK. But Habib is different. He has a gift: an extraordinary power that makes him invaluable to all those who have seen him use it. Habib is on the run. He’s trying to escape people who want to exploit his powers. His only hope is Emma: a 24-year-old French woman who has just been diagnosed with a relapse in her cancer, and decides to accompany him on a perilous journey throughout England.



Screenwriters: Louis Lagayette + TBC 

Director: TBA

Production : Aux singuliers (Telfrance) + UK producer TBC 

Broadcaster: Slash 

Format : 4x52 mn

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Carrément craignos


Sened Dhab, VP Digital Scripted for France Télévisions, will review the positive results of the series this past season (Mental, Parlement, Stalk, Skam France...) and present two new projects alongside their creative teams.


Ernesto, a deadbeat con artist, loses a bag containing 100,000 euros, that his crook friend Jo had entrusted him with before getting locked-up. A few months later, Jo is about to be released from prison and Ernesto has yet to get his hands back on the loot. He only has a few days to get the money together. No rest for the wicked! Carrément Craignos the thriller genre up a notch, all the while sticking to the codes of comedy and the absurd situations that the fueled the previous season


Screenwriters: Jean-Pascal Zadi, Kamel Guemra

Director: Jean-Pascal Zadi 

Production : Papa films, Douze doigts Production, Les films Balthazar 

Broadcaster: /

Cast: Jean-Pascal Zadi, Bun Hay Mean, Mathieu Longatte, David Boring, Rossy de Palma, Eric Judor, Fadily Camara, Tokou, Donel Jacks’Man, Patrick Puydebat

Format : 9 x 26’

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Episode 3 – Thursday 2nd July

Screenwriter and novelist Virginie Brac will be our guest on our show dedicated to socially engaged creators. We will begin with an interview with Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Cucumber/Banana, Years & Years), then will decipher Kalifat, the Swedish series on radicalisation, and end with a focus on Cheyenne et Lola, Virginie Brac's new series, with Veerle Baetens and Charlotte Le Bon portraying two complex female characters, set in a self-serving society. A series produced by Lincoln TV, coming soon to OCS.


Live on the Série Series Facebook page on the 30th June, 1st and 2nd July, and then on replay.

To access the replay of the 3rd live

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France, United Kingdom


London, 1872. On the day his world is turned upside down by a postcard from a lost love, Phileas Fogg (David Tennant) is inspired by an article about the exciting advances in travel to take on an almost impossible wager – to circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. As a man who has spent the last twenty years in a comfortable leather armchair at The Reform Club, he will need all the resilience he can muster and of course would be nowhere without the assistance of quick-witted Frenchman, Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma). Joining them on the road will be the Daily Telegraph journalist who came up with the whole crazy idea in the first place – Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch).   


Creators: Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson

Screenwriter(s): Ashley Pharoah, Caleb Ranson

Directors: Steve Barron, Charles Beeson
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Production : Silm Film+Television, Federation Entertainment, Be-Films, Palladium, Castel Film Studios, Film Afrika
Producers: Simon Crawford-Collins, Lionel Uzan, Pascal Breton, Peter McAleese, Winnie Serite
Broadcasters: France Télévisions, ZDF, RAI (European Alliance) / Seven Network Media / BBC
Distributo: Federation Entertainment
Cast: David Tennant, Ibrahim Koma, Leonie Benesch, Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan
Format : 8 x 52’
Date of broadcast: 2021

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Episode 2 –  Wednesday 1st July


Actress Constance Dollé (The Line, Baron Noir, The Returned, Malaterra and soon De Gaulle: l’éclat et le secret) will be our guest. We will be discussing the space for women in series and female creators' vision; including a conversation with Swedish actress and producer Sofia Helin (The Bridge), who was a leading voice in the Swedish MeToo movement. We will travel to the US to discuss standout 'writer lead' series with Richard Brown, True Detective producer. Finally, we head to Africa to meet with Toumani Sangaré, a creator that works between France, Senegal and Mali and who is strongly committed to promoting inclusion and education.


Live on the Série Series Facebook page on the 30th June, 1st and 2nd July, and then on replay.

To access the 2nd live :

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Special episode - Thursday 2nd July

Spiral is celebrating its 15 year anniversary!

For this occasion, Caroline Proust and Thierry Godard, who play two of the main characters in the CANAL+ series, will be interviewed by journalist Pierre Langlais during the Série Series show. How did the characters come to life and have they evolved throughout the 8 seasons? How did each new actor, new creator bring a new touch all the while respecting the series DNA? Captain Laure Bethaud and ‘Gilou’ will be looking back at 15 years of working and investigating together.


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With Télérama 

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One Vision : Sara Johnsen et Pål Sletaune 

22 July, portraying the trauma of a nation


On 22nd July 2011, 8 people were killed by a bomb explosion in Oslo and 69 young people died in the massacre carried out on the island of Utøya.

Soon after, Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune wanted to tell the story of what had happened, on television. To better understand the origin of this horror, to pay tribute to the victims and emergency workers, but also to document the event and preserve the memory of this trauma.

How to take on terrorism as a subject matter on television? Why choose a drama rather than a documentary? How to stay true to reality while conveying its complexity? The creators of 22 July, a 'public service' series created for NRK, discussed with us their approach and their vision.

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Série Series is launching its own show! From 30th June to 2nd July, the three-part panel show will be available online, focusing on European series and their creators. Pierre Zéni (journalist and emcee for Série Series' evening events for the past 8 years) and Marie Barraco (Managing Director, Série Series) will be hosting French creators and actors on their set and discuss the hot topics in European series through interviews with creators.


Episode 1 -  Tuesday 30th June


Our guests for this first episode are actress Barbara Schulz, currently starring in Hervé Hadmar's Romance, and screenwriter Niels Rahou, co-writer of Fiertés and head writer of SKAM France. We will talk about the series that help us understand the world we live in. Thomas Lilti discusses the abrupt interruption of filming for Hippocrate, a series at the heart of a health service in crisis. We will discover an overprotective world where a 'citizen score' determines people's rights with the Belgian series Arcadia and will meet with the creators of 22 July, a series on the 2011 Oslo and Utøya attacks; and we will decipher the global success of Irish series Normal People.


Live on the Série Series Facebook page on the 30th June, 1st and 2nd July, and then on replay.

To access the replay of the 1st live :

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Deciphering the trends

As a space that analyses trends, Série Series gives professionals a state of play in production, in order to encourage collaborative thinking in Europe. It is the reason why, in 2019, we decided to partner with Ampere Analysis, an esteemed British analytics firm. For this edition, the team has put together three studies, around themes linked to current topics in the industry, that will be revealed online.

Convergence and Divergence: SVoD vs. linear commissioning strategies
Who’s really setting today’s creative agenda? Discover what streaming platforms are commissioning and making and how their content strategies differ and collide with traditional broadcasters and channels. This insightful presentation will make use of unique Ampere Analysis data on what’s streaming now and what’s coming soon.

Diversity working together: Gender, sexuality, religion and diversity in development and production relationships

Discover how creators are addressing diversity in drama and tackling under-represented topics and stories as well as which commissioners and producers are taking advantage of the power of diverse voice. Do the underlying trends in Ampere’s Commissioning database tell us where next?

Quality and demand: Interest in and critical reception of SVoD and linear drama

Featuring brand new analysis from Ampere, this presentation will look at the critical reception and viewer interest in the latest blockbuster dramas and search for the secrets to critical (and Award Ceremony) success.

Presented by:
Guy Bisson, Executive Director
Lottie Towler, Senior Analyst
Alice Thorpe, Analyst

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Finland / Elisa Viihde, Nelonen


A discussion with Mia Ylönen (co-creator, head writer), Mikko Pöllä (co-creator) and Roope Lehtinen (co-creator, producer, Fire Monkey), moderated by Dominic Schreiber (global drama executive, Reel One Entertainment).


Bad Apples takes place in a mental asylum in the Helsinki archipelago. In 1973, a young, driven student activist Onerva is sent to the institute against her will. The authorities – and even her husband – paint Onerva as an aggressive troublemaker. Soon after her arrival, Onerva realizes that the patients’ coveted “home-treatments” actually take place in a closed-off bunker on the island. While trying to maintain her sanity, Onerva investigates the reality behind the controversial treatment practices. Will she find out the truth before the institute’s mind-bending treatment breaks her? Are all these women sent to the island to be silenced, or are they actually mentally ill?


Original idea: Mia Ylönen, Mikko Pöllä, Roope Lehtinen
Screenwriters: Mia Ylönen, Ulla Heikkilä, Mikko Myllylahti
Directors: Marja Pyykkö, Pamela Tola
Composer: Antti Lehtinen
Production : Fire Monkey
Producers: Roope Lehtinen (EP), Hannu Kalliolahti (EP), Saara Kankaanpää
Broadcasters: Elisa Viihde, Nelonen
Distributor: Lagardère Studios Distribution
Cast: Satu Tuuli Karhu, Armi Toivonen, Santeri Kinnunen, Marjaana Maijala
Format : 8x45’
Date of broadcast: spring 2021

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Listening to an industry in lock-down

While the crisis we are going through has put a temporary halt on production, changed the viewers’ habits and their value system, Série Series will be taking the pulse of the European industry from those that are key pillars: the broadcasters. The impact on budgets and content, the need to reinvent the production models, programming disrupted: a tour of Europe accompanied by the heads of drama of different European channels, both public and commercial.

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Norway / NRK


With roots in four cultures, three friends are trying to strike a balance between expectations. These three characters try to navigate through adulthood with all the awkward situations, insecurities, uncomfortable everyday experiences and victories it entails.
Iranian Fariba decides to play her minority card to get ahead in her professional life. Amrit, an untraditional Indian bar owner, discovers more pros than cons by sticking to his own kind. Helin is the dutiful Turkish daughter and doctor, and realises her parents have become far more liberal than herself. Simultaneously, their parents struggle with not interfering while their thirty-something children go through the growing pains of life.


Original idea: Melike Leblebicioglu, Bahareh Badavi
Screenwriters: Melike Leblebicioglu, Bahareh Badavi
Director: Terje Rangnes
Composer: Cuneyt Caglayan
Production: NRK (in-house production)
Producers: Tone C Rønning, Cecilie Nordstrøm
Broadcaster: NRK
Distributor: TBA
Cast: Selda Eikiz, Nasrin Khusrawi, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa
Format: 8 x 25’
Date of broadcast: Sept. 2020

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Work in progress

South Africa, UK


Haunted by the past, a flawed but brilliant criminal profiler returns to her hometown to solve a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer amongst the sugarcane fields of Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
Having been abducted as a child, Reyka is traumatised by the experience but this also helps her enter the minds of Africa's most notorious criminals and turn them inside out. Mixed race in a country where one is expected to choose, her refusal to pick a side gives her the ability to see what others cannot, but her gift has consequences for her and those she loves.

Original idea: Rohan Dickson

Screenwriter: Rohan Dickson

Directors: Zee Ntuli, Catharine Cooke

Production : Serena Cullen Productions, Quizzical Pictures, Fremantle

Producers: Serena Cullen, Harriet Gavshon

Broadcaster: MNET

Distributor: Fremantle Media

Cast: TBC

Format: 8x60

Date of broadcast: TBC

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Prospects for the creation of series in Africa: co-productions and funding EU-ACP


The ACP Clap project, co-funded by the European Union and supported by the ACP Group of States, associates the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Support Fund for the Cinematographic Industry (Fonds de Soutien à l’Industrie Cinématographique - FONSIC) of the Ivory Coast. It trebles the support granted for production by the Image of Francophonie Fund or by the FONSIC when the series is part of a South-South co-production: each project that is co-produced must involve three partners of which at least two “ACP” countries (belonging the Africa - Subsahara - Carribean and Pacific regions). Launched in 2020, this project has already enabled support for a first series co-produced by Gabon, the Ivory Coast and France. It is also made up of a ‘backing’ branch which favours balanced co-productions and assists on the weaker points of each supported project (writing, business plan, production manager, broadcasting, etc.). With the heads of the project and producers, we will review the new opportunities opened up by these funds.

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Listening to an industry in lock-down


Série Series meets-up (virtually) with European creators to find out how the times we are going through have changed their daily lives, their work, their creative process, and how they see the future.

Within their workspace - studio, office or kitchen table - these creators share their realities, their inspirations, their doubts. This collection of intimate interviews, meant as a record of the current time, will be revealed in the run-up to the festival.

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Germany / Joyn, rbb


A discussion with Alex Lindh (creator, screenwriter), Jano Ben Chaabane (director), Laura Bull (producer, Readymade Films), moderated by Tasja Abel (producer, MadeFor Film).


Let’s be honest. The male Homo Sapiens found wiping a snotty nose on the playground is still a rare species, even in a hipster hotbed like Berlin. Yet this is exactly the situation Metin finds himself in. After Emma, his girlfriend and mother of his 6-month-old daughter Lene, suddenly dies, there’s not much time for grieving – the baby needs care, 24/7. Metin always thought of himself as the epitome of the 21st Century Dad, but now, he is completely 

Creator : Alexander Lindh

Director: Jano Ben Chaabane
Production : Readymade Films in co-production with Joyn and rbb
Producer: Laura Bull
Broadcaster: Joyn
Distributor: Beta Film
Cast: Max Mauff, Amelie Kiefer, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Lia von Blara, Lina Wendel, Maryam Zaree, Bastian Reiber
Format : 6x30’
Date of broadcast: 16/04/2020

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A look at the projects of tomorrow

A presentation developed with the support of consultant Caroline Palmstierna, Shoot for the Moon.

10 series projects in the writing stage led by their European writers, looking for partners and funding that will allow it to come to fruition, presented via a teaser created specifically for the event and an interactive pitch. Two of them will be supported by La Fabrique des Formats thanks to their investment funds and expertise.

DIFFERENT (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia)
Created by Pavel Soukup and Petr Koubek - Production: Bionaut, Kosmonaut, Raketa.


Created by Elvire Muñoz and Étienne Chédeville - Production: Ego Productions.


HEIMAT (Germany)
Created by Tim Burek, co-written with Andreas Reinhardt - Production: Neue Bioskop Film.


Created by David Steiner - Production: Parallell Cinema


Written by Caroline Torelli, original idea: Thomas Malmonte - Production: Tant Mieux Prod.


STARMAN (Serbia, Germany)
Created by Ivan Knezevic.


STUNTMEN LTD. (Czech Republic)
Written by Tomáš Chvála, original idea: Josef Blažek, Jiří Fabík, Adela Hrivnáková - Production: Lonely Production.


TERROR (Germany)

Created by Jette Voland - Production: Junique Productions GmbH.


THEY, THEM, US (United Kingdom)
Created by Jane Marlow - Production: Donut Films.


UNDER (Belgium)

Written by Kristian Van der Heyden and Anthony Alleyne, based on the comics Under by Christophe Beck and Stefano Raffaele - Production: Harald House.

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Work in Progress

Suisse / RTS


A discussion with Lindsay Shapero (creator, screenwriter), Stéphane Mitchell (screenwriter), Claire Armspach (script editor), Jean-Marc Fröhle (producer, Point Prod) and Patrick Suhner (commissioning editor, RTS), moderated by Dominic Schreiber (Global Drama Executive, Reel One Entertainment).


The Swiss Alps, 1899. André Morel, an ambitious Swiss hotelier, has a daring vision: a five-star hotel that will stay open throughout the winter season. It’s never been done before. Can his risky idea survive extreme weather, untrained staff and demanding guests? This eight-part series, inspired by real events, depicts the birth of White-Winter holidays. It combines a lavish period drama with compelling, character-driven stories full of hidden desires, ambition and love, alongside modern music for a contemporary feel.


Original idea: Jean-Marc Fröhle
Created by: Lindsay Shapero
Screenwriter: Lindsay Shapero
Script consultant: Stéphane Mitchell
Script editor: Claire Armspach
Director: TBD
Composer(s): TBD
Production : Point Prod, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Producer: Jean-Marc Fröhle
Broadcaster: RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Distributor: TBD
Cast: TBD
Date of broadcast: 8x52’


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France, Israel / CANAL+


A discussion with Shachar Magen (creator, screenwriter), Valérie Zenatti (screenwriter), Thomas Vincent (director), Caroline Benjo (executive producer, Haut et Court TV), moderated by David Dusa (screenwriter).


Natalie, a young French woman living in Israel, is accused of murdering her husband Eran on the night of their wedding.
Karim, an attaché to the French consulate is tasked with helping Natalie and can’t decide whether she is vulnerable and lost or incredibly manipulative. He becomes obsessed with this mystery while Esti, an Israeli policewoman, and her superior from the Beer-Sheva police station start investigating the case.
Eran’s murder leads to all kinds of questions and strange behaviour from those closest to Natalie. What begins as a seemingly straightforward murder case becomes increasingly mysterious. The groom's death awakens demons, dead and alive, in an entire community where everyone has a secret to hide.


Original idea: Shachar Magen
Screenwriters: Shachar Magen, in collaboration with Valérie Zenatti
Director: Thomas Vincent
Composer: HiTnRuN
Production : Haut et Court TV, coproduction Quiddity
Producers: Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Simon Arnal, Carole Scotta (Haut et Court TV) ; Eilon Ratzkovsky Osnat Nishri, Keren Misgav Ristvedt (Quiddity)
Broadcaster: Une Création Originale CANAL+
Distributor: Studiocanal
Cast: Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Reda Kateb, Dominique Valadié, Ariane Ascaride, Judith Chemla, Noa Koler, Aloïse Sauvage, Tzahi Grad, Roy Nick, Tchéky Karyo
Format: 6x52’

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A conversation around music

with Peter Albrechtsen, composer.


Danish composer Flemming Nordkrog’s vivid music is full of body and texture, but it truly comes to life when accompanied by images, empowered by the medium. Led by his Scandinavian origins, he worked on several projects for Lars Von Trier’s production company, Zentropa; but Flemming Nordkrog’s work shows a certain variety, having taken on a warmer and more lighthearted style (Swinger, Happy Ending).
In addition to feature films, the composer regularly works on series, notably the acclaimed series Follow the Money by Jeppe Gjervig Gram (who also wrote Borgen) as well as season 2 of Chefs (France 2) by Arnaud Malherbe and Marion Festraëts; a writing duo that he has continued to collaborate with on Moloch, coming soon to ARTE.
With regards to French films, he was involved in all of Philippe Lioret’s latest films, Erik Zonka’s White Soldier, Matthieu Vadepied’s La Vie en Grand, as well as the multi-award-winning Arab Blues by Manele Labidi.
The Dane’s refined and organic sound undoubtably evokes his influences, which he himself recognises, including Toru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt and Jon Brion. From the touch of a string to a thud of a keyboard, Flemming is always mindful of the human aspect and the reality of sound. An awareness that is vital in finding the right beat for a project. This flair, stemming from a duel ended youth, one end him playing the guitar in a band and on the other his tuba in hand for chamber music, makes him an atypical musician who prefers smaller bands to grandiose orchestras.

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Conversations around music

With Hervé Hadmar on Wonderland (amongst other things)


With a 50 year career behind him, Eric Demarsan has worked closely with Hervé Hadmar, starting with the Forgotten Girls (2007) mini-series, followed by Pigalle la nuit, Signature, The Witnesses and Beyond the Walls (2016). Together, they have just finished Wonderland, which aired in June on France 2.
Eric Demarsan made a name for himself in the film and television industry as early as the 70s, particularly through his work as an orchestrator for renowned film composers such as Michel Magne or François de Roubaix. Eric Demarsan composed for some of the biggest classics of French film noir, including for Jean-Pierre Melville’s L’Armée des ombres (1969) and Le Cercle Rouge (1970). These striking scores led him to meet Guillaume Nicloux in the 2000s and start a long-term partnership, working on Une affaire privée (2002), Cette femme-là, Le concile de pierre and more recently The End and the TV drama L’Affaire Gordji, histoire d’une cohabitation (2012). He also worked for seven of Jean-Pierre Mocky’s films, including L’Ibis rouge and with many more renowned directors: Christian Gion’s C’est dur pour tout le monde, Costa-Gavras’s Section Spéciale, Pierre Zucca’s Roberte or Patrice Leconte’s Les Spécialistes. He also established himself in television with Pierre Granier-Deferre’s La dernière fête and Jacques Deray’s Clarissa.

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Sweden / SVT - Netflix



A discussion with Wilhelm Behrman (creator, co-screenwriter), Tomas Michaelsson (producer, Filmlance), Gizem Erdogan (actress, TBC) and Anna Croneman (head of fiction, SVT), moderated by Anne Landois (screenwriter).


The thriller Caliphate is centring on five young women, whose fate is intertwined in an examination of how religious fundamentalism can seduce individuals and destroy lives.
Officer Fatima gets a very upsetting phone call from a young, Swedish woman who is stuck in Raqqa, where her husband has joined ISIS. She has to get out, now! She has info about a group of Swedish jihadists planning a large-scale terrorist attack in Sweden.
At the same time, fifteen-year-old Sulle is bored in school, where no one takes her political interest seriously. But a cool teacher’s assistant, Ibbe, has caught her eye. He treats her like an adult, but Sulle has no idea about his intention.

Original idea: Wilhelm Behrman
Screenwriters: Wilhelm Behrman, Niklas Rockström
Director: Goran Kapetanovic
Composer: Sophia Ersson
Production : Filmlance International AB in co-production with Sveriges Television and Film Capital Stockholm
Producer:Tomas Michaelsson
Broadcasters: SVT, Netflix
Distributor: Endemol Shine International
Cast: Gizem Erdogan, Amed Bozan, Aliette Opheim, Albin Grenholm, Nora Rios, Yussra El Abdouni, Amanda Sohrabi, Lancelot Ncube, Simon Mezher, Ala Riani
Format: 8 x 46-53’
Date of broadcast: January 2020 (SVT), March 2020 (Netflix)

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Sweden / SVT


A discussion with Helene Lindholm (co-screenwriter, producer), Mikael Marcimain (director), Stefan Baron (executive producer, Yellow Bird) and Anna Croneman (head of fiction, SVT), moderated by Nicola Lusuardi (screenwriter, script doctor).


Based on a true story. In March 1989 the murder of 10-year-old Helen Nilsson in Hörby, Southern Sweden traumatised a nation. A seemingly impossible case that remained unsolved for 15 years. On the night around Easter when Helen Nilsson disappeared there were around twenty suspected paedophiles living in Hörby. This is the prelude to The Hunt for a Killer, which follows the unwavering journey of police officers Per-Åke Åkesson and Monica Olhed who led an investigation team that solved numerous homicides in Southern Sweden and who would eventually, against all odds, find Helen’s killer.


Original idea: Lotta Erikson, Helene Lindholm - d’après le livre The Hunt For a Killer de Tobias Barkman.
Screenwriters: Lotta Erikson, Helene Lindholm
Director: Mikael Marcimain
Composer: Mattias Bärjed
Production: Yellow Bird en coproduction avec SVT et Film i Skåne
Producers: Helene Lindholm, Stefan Baron, Marianne Gray, Anna Croneman
Broadcaster: SVT
Distributor: Banijay Rights
Cast: Anders Beckman, Lotten Roos, Håkan Bengtsson, Rasmus Troedsson
Format: 6 x 45’
Date of broadcast: autumn 2020

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Work in Progress

Belgium  / VRT/één, NPO/KRO-NCRV


A discussion with Philippe de Schepper (showrunner, jonnydepony), Helen Perquy (producer, jonnydepony), Elly Vervloet (International Drama Executive, VRT) and Mascha van Erven (Head of fiction, KRO-NCRV), moderated by Dominic Schreiber (global drama executive, Reel One Entertainment).


After the world survived the outburst of a deadly virus, a new society is created, called Arcadia. Because resources in this new world are scarce, a Citizen Score is introduced. It determines your rights and entitlements. People are forced to stay healthy and efficient.
We follow the life of a family that’s able to enjoy a good life because of their high score. Everything changes when the father is deported because he tricked the Algorithm that controls the Citizen Score. The women are punished with penalty points which lower their score severely.
Will they survive in this world, where the powers that be use the Citizen Score to control people?


Original idea: Bas Adriaensen, Philippe De Schepper
Screenwriters: Bas Adriaensen, Philippe De Schepper, Zita Theunynck
Director: Tim Oliehoek
Production: jonnydepony
Producers: Helen Perquy, Philippe De Schepper
Broadcasters: VRT/één, NPO/KRO-NCRV
Format: 8 x 48’
Date of broadcast: 2023

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     - Paris Police 1900 Case study Professionals only

Work in Progress 

France / CANAL+


Screening of 15 minutes of unreleased extracts and discussion with Fabien Nury (creator, screenwriter, director, producer), Julien Despaux (director), and Emmanuel Daucé (producer, Tetra Media Fiction), moderated by Dominic Schreiber (global drama executive, Reel One Entertainment).


Paris, 1899.​ President Félix Faure has just died. Crippled by far-right and anti-Semitic groups and by the anarchist threat, The French Republic has never seemed so weak. ​
While police commissioner Louis Lépine returns in an attempt to restore public order in Paris, the discovery of a woman’s torso propels ambitious young detective Antoine Jouin deep inside police headquarters. The investigation is being closely followed by corrupt detective Joseph Fiersi, who hires a courtesan, Meg Steinheil, as a snitch. All of them will cross paths and join forces to save the Republic. ​
Murders, blackmail, conspiracies, coups - welcome to the Belle Époque.

Original idea : Fabien Nury​
Screenwriters : Fabien Nury, in collaboration with Benjamin Adam, Thibault Valetoux, Alain Ayroles
Directors : Julien Despaux, Fabien Nury, Frédéric Balekdjian​
Production : Tetra Media Fiction, AFPI
Producers : Emmanuel Daucé, Fabien Nury
Distributor : STUDIOCANAL
Cast : Jérémie Laheurte, Evelyne Brochu, Thibault Evrard, Marc Barbe, Eugénie Derouand, Patrick d’Assumçao, Alexandre Trocki, Hubert Delattre, Valérie Dashwood, Christophe Montenez, Christian Hecq, Vincent Debost, Anthony Paliotti, Anne Benoit
Format : 8 x 1h
Date of broadcast : 2021

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     - Furia (aka Fury) Case study Professionals only

Work in progress

Norvège, Allemagne / Viaplay, ZDF


A discussion with Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen (creator, screenwriter), Håkon Briseid (executive producer, Monster Scripted), Michael Polle (executive producer, X-Filme), Frank Seyberth (executive producer, ZDF),Nanna Mailand-Mercado (Head of originals, NENT) and Anke Stoll (VP Acquisitions and Co-productions, Keshet International), moderated by Dominic Schreiber (Global Drama Executive, Reel One Entertainment).


Furia is a tense twist-laden thriller, set in two of Europe's most distinguished capital cities – Oslo and Berlin – as well as rural Norway. An edge-of-your-seat mix of undercover thriller and prescient political drama, the story focuses on Ragna, an undercover operative who has penetrated a far-right extremist terror cell, hellbent on carrying out an atrocity the likes of which Europe has never seen. Elsewhere, former special ops officer Asgeir is living the quiet life in western Norway, having escaped the Russian underworld. When their two worlds collide, they face a race against time to prevent the unthinkable happening on German soil.


Original idea: Gjermund S. Eriksen
Screenwriter: Gjermund S. Eriksen
Directors: Magnus Martens, Lars Kraume
Production: Monster Film, X-Filme
Producers: Håkon Briseid, Lasse Greve Alsos (Monster Scripted), Michael Polle, Uwe Schott (X-Filme)
Broadcasters: Viaplay (Norvège), ZDF (Allemagne)
Distributor: Keshet International
Format: 8x60’
Date of broadcast: 2021


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     - Think Big! Case study Professionals only


Germany / Sat.1


A discussion with Frederik Hunschede (head writer, producer), Christiane Ruff (Managing Director, ITV Studios Germany), Hanna Plaß (actress).


Chorweiler. From the district on the northern edge of Cologne, concrete tower blocks rise up into the sky. The city centre is 45 minutes away, the unemployment rate is just under 21%.
Here lives our heroine Nicole Pütz (22): a self-confident, tough young woman with a criminal record, who believes she can do anything. Even the business studies she needs in order to realise the dream of her own nail studio chain with her best friend Ebru.
If you can manage in Chorweiler, you can manage anywhere. So much for the theory. But then Nicole goes to university. And it's the toughest place she's ever been to...


Original idea: Frederik Hunschede, Elena Senft
Screenwriters: Frederik Hunschede, Annekathrin Lang, Sandra Schröder, Anneke Jansen, René Förder, Stephan Pächer, Oliver Welter, Christine Lehnen, Thomas Sieben
Directors: Wolfgang Gross, Tobias Wiemann
Production: ITV Studios Germany (Christiane Ruff)
Producers: Frederik Hunschede, Imre von der Heydt, Charly Hoffmann
Broadcaster: Sat.1
Distributor: Sat.1
Cast: Hanna Plaß, Yasemin Cetinkaya, Holger Stockhaus, Milena Dreißig, Vivien Sczesny, Anselm Bresgott, Annina Euling, Nicolas Wolf, Serkan Kaya
Format: 10 x 23’
Date of broadcast: 07/02/2020

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     - Masterclass Ruth Barrett Discussions Professionals only

Masterclass with Ruth Barrett

moderated by Odile McDonald (executive producer, Wildcats Productions).


Ruth Barrett’s repertoire is unmissable, both with varied collaborations and on several of the most remarkable British series (The Durrells, Legacy, Victoria…). Over 12 years, she composed more than 30 scores for film and television, and has collaborated with the most emblematic creators. From Jed Mercurio with the brilliant Bodyguard, Critical and at the moment Bloodlands, to David Hare on Collateral, the list of her compositions is impressive. We are delighted to have you hear from this artist, who did her scales at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music of London, nominated at the Emmy Awards and with an eclectic and brilliant repertoire, to discuss her tools and method.

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     - Dumb Case study Professionals only


Germany / VOX


A discussion with Arne Nolting (screenwriter, head writer), Dustin Loose (director), Guido Reinhardt (executive producer, UFA Serial Drama), Hauke Bartel (executive producer, VOX), moderated by Marike Muselaers (co-CEO, Lumiere).


Everything that can go wrong is currently going wrong in the life of 30-year-old Berlin actress Shiri. Every audition fails because she looks like a teenager with a constant bad temper and now her great love wants to break off their relationship. That is when Shiri gets an opportunity to change everything... In order to save her arrested boyfriend, she plays the role of her life as an undercover policewoman at a popular Berlin school in exchange for his release. The young woman eternally doubting herself and unable to control her impulses, turns into an increasingly strong and self-confident character and finds herself enjoying the danger a bit too much...

Original idea: Bat Hen Sebag, Shay Capon pour Dori Media et HOT
Screenwriters: Arne Nolting, Jan Martin Scharf, Valentina Brüning
Directors: Dustin Loose, Christian Werner, Florian Knittel
Composer: Tina Pepper
Production: UFA Serial Drama
Producers: Katja Bäuerle, Eike Adler, Guido Reinhardt, Hauke Bartel
Broadcaster: VOX
Distributor: Dori Media International
Cast: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Peter Fieseler, Lorna Ishema, Ronald Kukulies, Peter Schneider
Date of broadcast: 20/11/19

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     - La Linea Invisible Case study Professionals only

Spain / Movistar +


A discussion with Alejandro Hernández (screenwriter) and Mariano Barroso (director), moderated by Charline de Lépine (producer, Macondo).


Following the destiny of a young idealistic man, set in the heart of a Spain divided by the Franco regime and the pro-independence movement. On June 7th 1968, 25-year-old Txabi killed a man in the name of the Basque independentist organisation ETA. He was shot dead himself a few hours later by the Guardia Civil. That day started a war that would last 50 years, killing over 800 people. Set in 60s Francoist Spain, the series retraces the life of this idealistic student, through his romances and family life, as he started to get more and more involved in terrorist activities, following in his brother’s footsteps, until there was no turning back. How did this ordinary young man become the leader of a terrorist group and cross the invisible line that separates political activism from armed action?


Original idea: Abel García Roure
Screenwriters: Michel Gaztambide, Alejandro Hernández
Director: Mariano Barroso
Composer: Vicente Ortiz Gimeno
Production : Movistar +
Producers: Ander Sistiaga, Oriol Maymo
Broadcaster: Movistar +
Distributor: About Premium Content
Cast: Àlex Monner, Antonio de la Torre, Anna Castillo, Asier Etxeandia, Patrick Criado
Format : 6x45’
Date of broadcast: April 2020

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     - Masterclass Toumani Sangaré Discussions Professionals only

Masterclass with Toumani Sangaré

Director, producer - France, Mali

moderated by Anna Gomis (literary consultant).

Toumani Sangaré is a director/producer based in Bamako, Dakar and Paris. He was a founding member in 1995 of Kourtrajmé Productions with Romain Gavras, Kim Chapiron and Ladj Ly. The African universe has always fascinated him and is his greatest source of inspiration. In 2000, he moved to Mali and revolutionised music videos, TV credits, launched the first short film festival and created Kourtrajmé Africa. Subsequently, many artistic collaborations enabled him to work with musicians such as Salif Keita, Mokobé, Ali Farka Touré, Nouvel R; renowned actors like Vincent Cassel with Kourtrajmé Stories; innovative directors like Kim Chapiron (Sheitan), Romain Gavras (Adidas All in One). Toumani Sangaré worked with Ladj Ly on the artistic direction of two documentary projects that stood out for the honesty: 365 Jours à Clichy Montfermeil and 365 Jours au Mali. These two projects show unedited and neutral images that aim to show global problems from a different perspective, from the suburbs of Paris to northern Mali.
In 2016, it is as a producer and director that he makes his mark in Mali with the comedy series Taxi Tigui. A popular success, these 3-minute shortcoms follow taximan F-One’s adventures. The series was produced solely thanks to the support of local economic players. Since 2017, he has been directing series and feature films in Africa in collaboration with Canal+, Orange Studio, Keewu… 2020 will see the broadcasting of the TV5 Monde series Wara and the opening of the Kourtrajmé school in Senegal.


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     - Masterclass Manda Levin Discussions Professionals only

A conversation with Lars Blomgren, Head of Scripted EMEA, Endemol Shine.


Throughout the years from the BBC to independant production (Kudos), Manda Levin has worked alongside leading British creators and has widely contributed in establishing many significant dramas of the past few years. Her credits include David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, Simon Beaufoy’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and, on the TV side, Franco-British series The Tunnel, Abi Morgan’s River, Amanda Coe and Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard.
She now works with the commissioning team at BBC across the drama slate with a particular eye on strategy. She will discuss her depth of experience and her detailed knowledge of the British film and television industry during a conversation with Lars Blomgren, who brought the international success Bron/Broen and its various remakes to the screen.

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     - Masterclass Richard Brown Discussions Professionals only

A conversation with Jörg Winger, Executive Producer, UFA Fiction.


Brown was the driving force behind HBO’s globally successful anthology series True Detective and has served as executive producer on all three seasons of the critically acclaimed, multi-awarded show. Richard initiated and worked closely with Steve Golin on Anonymous Content’s highly successful expansion into television which yielded global successes including Catch-22, Mr Robot, Homecoming, The Knick and 13 Reasons Why. He is also known for producing the Netflix action drama Outlaw King. A pioneer in the cinematographic approach to tv drama, he is a staunch defender of the role that writers and directors have to give projects a creative ambition and ensure an artistic consistency. In the Summer of 2019, he launched his new label, Passenger, with the Fremantle group. With us, he will break down how he brings together the best talent and gives their unique voice space to develop high quality projects, as well as share perception of the industry.

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     - Scripnotes: John August and Aline Brosh McKenna Discussions Professionals only

An exclusive episode of the Scripnotes podcast


Screenwriter for the big screen (having worked with Tim Burton on several films) and musicals, novelist, entrepreneur behind apps for screenwriters, member of the Academy and board member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West, John August is a prolific writer and a jack-of-all-trades, but also acute analyst of the challenges in creation. Alongside Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl, he hosts the fascinating podcast Scriptnotes. Each week, they delve into the realities of being a screenwriter and breakdown the practices and challenges of the art of storytelling. For this edition of Série Series, John will present an exceptional podcast focusing on European creation, with Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator and showrunner of the series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). A conversation on writing in line with the hot topics of our societies, with two screenwriter guests: Anna Winger (Deutschland 83, Unorthodox) and Tony McNamara (The Favourite, The Great), to get to the heart of the writers room.

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     - Masterclass Edward Berger Discussions Professionals only

Masterclass avec Edward Berger

Director, screenwriter, producer - Germany

Moderated by Lou Jeunet (director, screenwriter - France)


From Deutschland 83 to Patrick Melrose, Edward Berger is a remarkable director in today’s world of series, both in Europe and beyond. In his multi-award winning series as well as his feature films, he has shown his talent in creating powerful atmospheres and refined characters. As he is also a creator, he is behind the Franco-German mini-series Eden. After having directed several episodes of the American anthology The Terror, he is pursuing his journey in the United States, where he has just finished the series Your Honor, written by Steven Moffat for Showtime. He will discuss his journey and his 360° view of the industry during a masterclass

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     - Masterclass Charlie Covell Discussions Professionals only

Masterclass with Charlie Covell

Screenwriter, actress - United Kingdom

moderated by Tasja Abel (executive producer, MadeFor Film)


Charlie Covell got her start in writing alongside Russell T Davies on Banana. The screenwriter and actress has established herself as one of the major voices of her generation by creating The End of the F***ing World. The series, which she saw as a ‘niche’ project, was a resounding success, in the United Kingdom and then across the world. Her first feature film, Burn, Burn, Burn, came out in 2015. With her upcoming series, Kaos, Charlie Covell is confirming her penchant for dark comedies and her talent in blurring the lines between genres. She will discuss her unique journey and will share her inspirations, her outlook on creation and giving space for new voices.

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     - Normal People Case study Professionals only

Ireland, UK / BBC Three - Hulu


A discussion with Lenny Abrahamson (director), Emma Norton and Ed Guiney (executive producers, Element Pictures), moderated by Marianne Furevold (producer, NRK).


Adapted by Sally Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, from Rooney’s novel of the same name, Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), from the end of their school days in a small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College.


NORMAL PEOPLE is availaible from 16th july on STARZPLAY in France, Germany, Italie, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.



Original idea: Sally Rooney
Screenwriters: Sally Rooney, Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe
Directors: Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie McDonald
Composer: Stephen Rennicks
Production: Element Pictures
Producer: Catherine Magee / Executive Producers: Ed Guiney, Sally Rooney, Lenny Abrahamson, Andrew Lowe, Emma Norton, Anna Ferguson, Tommy Bulfin, Rose Garnett
Broadcasters: BBC Three (UK), Hulu (US)
Distributor: Endeavour Content
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Greene
Format : 12 x 30’
Date of broadcast: April 2020 (BBC Three, Hulu)


© EP Normal People Limited

Original idea: Sally Rooney
Screenwriters: Sally Rooney, Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe
Directors: Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie McDonald
Composer: Stephen Rennicks
Production: Element Pictures
Producer: Catherine Magee / Executive Producers: Ed Guiney, Sally Rooney, Lenny Abrahamson, Andrew Lowe, Emma Norton, Anna Ferguson, Tommy Bulfin, Rose Garnett
Broadcasters: BBC Three (UK), Hulu (US)
Distributor: Endeavour Content
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Greene
Format : 12 x 30’
Date of broadcast: April 2020 (BBC Three, Hulu)

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     - Masterclass Sofia Helin Discussions Open to the public

Masterclass with Sofia Helin

Actress, Executive Producer - Sweden

moderated by Caroline Palmstierna, consultant, Shoot for the Moon.


Sofia Helin is one of the most prominent actresses in European drama with The Bridge. She recently decided to begin producing, in order to give resources to strong projects, making space for female characters to emerge. The recent series Heder, which she co-created and co-produced with three other female writers, is one of the first emblematic examples of this: it follows 4 headstrong female lawyers that embark on a relentless fight against sex crimes and tirelessly denounce the patriarchy. This year, she will be starring in the Norwegian period drama Atlantic Crossing and in the second season of the Australian series Mystery Road. Heavily involved in the Swedish MeToo movement (#tystnadtagning), she will discuss the weapon that drama represents in the imperative evolution of representation and attitudes during her interview.

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22:00     - Outdoor scene Open-air screening in the Fontainebleau Forest
Outdoor scene Screenings Open to the public

Open-air screening in the Fontainebleau Forest: The Returned


Good news! Despite not being able to take place in Fontainebleau’s cinemas, theatre and Château, Série Series’ closing ceremony will be happening ‘in real life’ with a screening in the heart of the Fontainebleau Forest on 5th July.

After the success of the first open-air screening last year, Série Series is renewing its partnership with the ONF and is inviting the public to attend an exceptional immersive experience. At nightfall, in a clearing surrounded by hundred-year-old trees, take in the mysterious atmosphere of The Returned (created by Fabrice Gobert - CANAL+ Creation Originale), set in a small town surrounded by a forest…

An event organised with the support of the Ile-de-France Region, the City of Fontainebleau and Fontainebleau Tourism - free and open to all upon booking, organised within the social distancing measures. More information to come.

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     - Masterclass Russell T Davies Discussions Professionals only

Masterclass with Russell T Davies

Screenwriter, producer - United Kingdom

Moderated by Audrey Fouché (screenwriter - France)


We are honoured to have an exceptional interview with Russell T Davies. Multi-award writer with a career spanning over 30 years, Russell T Davies has navigated between different genres and media. This heavyweight in British television established his unique style notably with stand-out dramas set within the homosexual community (Queer as Folk, Cucumber/Banana…) but also by bringing the legendary Doctor Who back. With the impressive Years and Years (2019), he once again showed his acute understanding of society and his talent in creating characters that are infinitely complex and endearing. His new series Boys, for Channel 4, follows three young gay men affected by the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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