Serial Eyes prepares the next generation of European TV writer-producers to bring first-class storytelling to television screens. The core of the programme involves creating an original TV drama series. The twelve Serial Eyes participants work in writers’ rooms to break their pilots and outline their series. Through the teaching and this collaboration, they develop the skills required to lead the room as a successful head writer.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Experience the Writers’ Room.
Participants are trained and will gain experience of working as a team and assuming the role of both head writer and staff writer in the creative process. At the same time, they gain a solid understanding of the dramaturgic and narrative strategies used inothe writers’ room system.
Put Theory into Practice.
During the programme, Serial Eyes participants conceive and develop projects for broadcast television and digital platforms that expand creative boundaries and boost the quality of their TV writing.
Learn from the Best.
Serial Eyes’ faculty and mentors include established showrunners and head writers, script editors, creative producers from Europe, the UK and US, as well as commissioning editors from major European broadcasters and streamers.
Get an Apprenticeship!
Big Light Productions, headed by showrunner Frank Spotnitz, offers a paid three-month TV apprenticeship at the firm’s London office for one Serial Eyes participant after they have completed the programme. Other apprenticeships are to be announced.
Serial Eyes classes are taught at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) in Berlin. In addition, there are two arranged trips: one to Series Mania in Lille and one to another major European city to meet up with local production companies, commissioners, writers and producers.
Pitch to the Industry.
Participants also get multiple opportunities to meet TV professionals and pitch their projects – not only during the study trips but throughout the whole programme and especially at Serial Eyes’ Midterm and Final Pitch events in Berlin.
Build an International Network.
Serial Eyes brings the writers of tomorrow together with top professionals in the field today. Thisprovides opportunities for successful exchanges between TV writers, producers and decision-makers from across Europe. The Serial Eyes Alumni Network (SEAN) connects the programme’s graduates and creates a strong presence for its members at major markets and festivals.