TV Drama Writers & Producers apply for the Eureka Series programme!

Are you a European TV drama series writer or producer looking to take the next step with your career?

Series Mania Institute has opened applications for its Autumn/Winter edition of the Eureka Series programme! This 10-week training course delivered in partnership with La Fémis will train professionals in the rapidly changing TV series industry to help emerging creatives to:

  • Acquire a common language amongst TV professionals
  • Learn how the European and international TV series ecosystems operate
  • Understand the challenges of European television series financing
  • Master the creative process of collaborative writing (for writers)

The programme is aimed at emerging television drama series writers and producers, including, but not limited to, recent alumni of European film and television schools. They benefit from the support of international teachers and professionals, thanks to our partnerships with schools such as ECAM (Spain), the Lodz Film School (Poland), ifs internationale filmschule köln (Germany), Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italy) and Westerdals – Kristiana University College (Norway).

  • Location: Lille, France, and remotely
    Language: English
    Number of participants: Up to 20 (12-15 writers and 5 producers)
    Tuition fees: €3000 per writer participant and €1000 per producer participant (taxes included)
  • Bursaries: Series Mania Institute bursaries are available for a limited number of participants.
    NB Tuition fees do not include accommodation and travel costs.
  • Accessibility: If you have special circumstances, such as a disability, please let us know so that we can discuss your needs. Contact: smi@seriesmania.com
THE PROGRAMME

Eureka Series Programme is divided into 3 parts:

Part I: Serial Dramaturgy, European Markets & Concepts Definition – in Lille

  • The selected writers will take part in Lille during the introductory seminar from September 30 to October 2, then during the first four weeks of EUREKA SERIES, in lectures, masterclasses and practical workshops on their respective group European series projects.
  • The selected producers will participate in Lille in the introductory seminar on the weekend of September 30 to October 2, then in the lectures of the first week.

Part II: Online Work & Case Studies – remotely

  • During the fifth and sixth weeks of EUREKA SERIES, all participants (writers and producers) will attend remote, online sessions.
  • For writer participants, the online sessions will include mentoring, case studies and work on group series projects.
    Producer participants will take part in lectures and case studies.

Part III: Written Documents, Deals & Distribution – in Lille

  • Writer participants will be back in Lille for the last four weeks of the programme (weeks seven, eight, nine and ten) to take part in lectures, masterclasses and practical workshops on their respective group European series projects.
  • During the last week (week ten) of EUREKA SERIES, the writer participants will learn how to pitch their projects.
    Producer participants will be back in Lille for the last two weeks of the programme, to attend the lectures and masterclasses of weeks nine and ten.
  • During the last week (week ten) of EUREKA SERIES, the producer participants will learn how to finance television series in Europe.

The training will culminate in a final presentation in front of an audience of industry professionals.

OBJECTIVES
  • Acquire a common language amongst television professionals on serial dramaturgy
  • Master the principles of how the European and international television series ecosystems operate
  • Participate in writing workshops in order to master the creative process of collaborative writing (for writer participants)
  • Ascertain the challenges of European television series financing from both a macro-and micro-economic point of view
  • Acquire the skills to pitch and sell a European television series to investors (co-producers, broadcasters, streaming platforms, etc.) (for writer participants)

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates must be over 18 years or above and be a citizen of one of the following countries:

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the United Kingdom. Places may be more limited for citizens of countries outside the European Union.

Applications can be made by writers and producers with a strong professional interest in television series and an example of previous work. The latter can be a sample script or produced work (a television series, an online drama series, a short film or a feature film).


Deadline for application is 17th June 2022. Find out more and apply here.

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