Panel Programme

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Featuring a string of international key-players, the Drama Series Days Panels present inspiring talks on the latest trends and developments in serial content. Find a detailed list of the Drama Series Days 2019 panels, speakers and their topics below.

Drama Series Days events are accessible with Market Badge or a Press Accreditation. Please note that some events are accessible by invitation only.

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Panel Programme Drama Series Days 2019

Time Location Type Event
10 - 10.45 am ZOO 2 Opening Session + Keynote Kick-Off Drama Series Days 2019
11 - 11.45 am ZOO 2 Panel Facing New Challenges and Opportunities: Streaming Services and TV
12 noon - 12.45 pm ZOO 4 Showcase Upcoming Series from Germany
1.45 - 2.30 pm ZOO 4 Showcase Face to Face with German Films 2019
2 - 3.30 pm HAU 3 Panel Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive Series
3 - 3.45 pm ZOO 4 On -Stage Interview Variety in Conversation with
3 - 3.45 pm ZOO 3 Panel Talent Talk: From Box-Office to Binge Hits
4.15 - 5 pm ZOO 4 Showcase Upcoming Series from Spain
5 - 6.30 pm HAU 3 Panel M - The Making of a Series
5.30 - 6.15 pm ZOO 4 Showcase Danish Series Showcase

10 - 10.45 am, ZOO 2
Opening Session + Keynote
Kick-Off Drama Series Days 2019
with Edward Berger (Director), Matthijs Wouter Knol (EFM), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW)

After a short official welcome to all industry delegates attending this fifth edition of Drama Series Days by the EFM’s director Matthijs Wouter Knol and the CEO of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW Petra Müller, we will be delighted to welcome writer and director Edward Berger for an exclusive on-stage interview hosted by Ali May. Following "Deutschland 83" and the US-production "The Terror", Edward Berger recently directed the Primetime Emmy-awarded mini-series "Patrick Melrose" and will provide us with insights into his work and process on these internationally acclaimed and popular series.

Moderated by Ali May


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11 - 11.45 am, ZOO 2
Panel
Facing new challenges and Opportunities: Streaming Services and TV
with David Kessler (General Director, Orange Studio), Sabine de Mardt (President , Gaumont), Nathalie Biancolli (SVP Acquisitions & Coproduction, France TV), Brian Pearson (Director, EMEA Co-Productions and Acquisitions, Netflix)

The boom in international TV drama caused by the disruption of big streaming services stimulates an active and consolidating response of public broadcasters in Europe. This enlivens the competition when it comes to rights, access to talent and the quality of produced content. Key players from the industry discuss their new strategies and future challenges and opportunities true to the motto: Competition is good for business - it remains exciting!

In cooperation with Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Moderated by John Hopewell (International Editor, Variety)


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In cooperation with

12 noon - 12.45 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Upcoming Series from Germany
with Jürgen Vogel and Richard Kropf (The Best Things in Life), Lutz Heineking Jr. and Lavinia Wilson (Other Parents), Thomas Kufus and Lars Kraume (Bauhaus - A New Era)

Highly anticipated series from Germany will be presented with an exclusive sneak peek and scenes straight from the set: The Best Things in Life (VOX, Bantry Bay, ZDF Enterprises), Other Parents (TNT Comedy, eitelsonnenschein) and Bauhaus - A New Era (ZDF, zero one film, Constantin Television, Nadcon Film, Beta Film),

Moderated by Ali May


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1.45 - 2.30 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Face to Face with German Films 2019
Breaking Boundaries: German Acting Talent on German TV’s ‘Golden Age’

with Maria Dragus, Luise Heyer, Fahri Yardim

German acting talent discuss the fast-changing world of German TV and how the lines are blurring with film. With the streamers and pay-TV players investing heavily in German drama, more projects than ever from the country are becoming global hits. What does that mean for the people in front of the camera? Germany’s top acting talent give their take on the business and whether German TV is having its own ‘golden age’.
Followed by a networking get-together (by invitation only).

Hosted by German Films, in association with Variety
Moderated by Stewart Clarke (International Correspondent, Variety)


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In association with

Feb 11, 2 - 3.30 pm, HAU3 Top Floor
Panel
Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive Series
with Bass Breche (Writer), Amin Dora (Director)

Just how tricky can online storytelling get? Talent Alumni Bass Breche and Amin Dora, the Lebanese architects of numerous interactive web series talk about the intricacies of online storytelling and share tales of financing and censorship with the audience.

Hosted by Berlinale Talents
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Moderated by Meredith Burkholder


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Supported by

3 - 3.45 pm, ZOO 4
On-Stage Interview
Variety in Conversation with Esmé Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos and Rhianne Barreto

The stars of Hanna - Mireille Enos, Esmé Creed-Miles and Rhianne Barreto - discuss their experience of acting in grand-scale international series in this exclusive on-stage interview with Variety‘s Henry Chu

Moderated by Henry Chu (International Editor, Variety)


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Moderated by

3 - 3.45 pm, ZOO 3
Panel
Talent Talk: From Box-Office to Binge Hits
with David Farr (Writer, Executive Producer, Hanna), David Schalko (Writer, Director Producer, M – A City Hunts a Murderer)

Renowned TV writers will share their experience and methods of their creation process and focus the challenging development from a successful movie into a highly anticipated TV series.

Moderated by Andrea Reuter (Producer, Helsinki Filmi)


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4.15 - 5 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Upcoming Series from Spain
with Ran Tellem (Head of International Content at MEDIAPRO, The Paradise), Paco León (Creator, Director, Main Cast Arde Madrid), Anna R. Costa (Creator, Writer Arde Madrid), Domingo Corral (Director of Fiction at Movistar+), Jose Antonio Salso (Head of Acquisitions and Sales at Atresmedia: Toy Boy, 45 Revolutions), Emmanuelle Guilbart (Joint CEO and Founder of About Premium Content, Giants)

A presentation by the creative team or a sneak peek of new Spanish series: The Paradise, 45 Revolutions, Toy Boy, Arde Madrid, Giants

Hosted by Serielizados Fest - Barcelona’s International TV-Series Festival in collaboration with MEDIAPRO, Atresmedia Televisión, Beta Film, About Premium Content and Movistar+
Moderated by Betu Martínez and Víctor Sala (Serielizados Fest)


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Hosted by

5 - 6.30 pm, HAU3 Top Floor
Panel
M - The Making of a Series
with Christoph Brunner (Editor), Martin Gschlacht (DOP), Hannes Salat (Production Designer)

There's always more beneath the surface. Descend into the underworlds of “M,” the serial adaption of Fritz Lang's 1930’s masterpiece, with its cinematographer, production designer and editor, as they shed light on their multi-layered collaboration.

Hosted by Berlinale Talents
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Moderated by Andrew Amondson

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Supported by

5.30 - 6.15 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Danish Series Showcase
2ith Stinna Lassen (Producer, "When the Dust Settles"), Ida Maria Rydén (Writer, "When the Dust Settles") & Dorte Høgh (Writer, "When the Dust Settles"); Senia Dremstrup (Producer, "The New Nurses II") & Roni Ezra (Director, "The New Nurses II"); Zire Schucany (Producer, "Darkness - Those Who Kill"), Ina Bruhn (Writer, "Darkness - Those Who Kill") & Natalie Madueño (Actress, "Darkness - Those Who Kill"); Helle Faber (Producer, "The Rebels from No 69") & Mads Matthiesen (Director, "The Rebels from No 69")

Four top-end drama series from Denmark will be introduced by creatives and talent attached to the projects: When the Dust Settles, The New Nurses ll, Darkness - Those Who Kill and The Rebels from No 69.

Hosted by Copenhangen Film Fund in collaboration with Reinvent Studios Int. Sales, DR Sales, TV 2, Viaplay and The Danish Film Institute
Moderated by Thomas Gammeltoft (Director, Copenhagen Film Fund)


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Hosted by

Time Location Type Event
10 am - 12.30 pm ZOO 2 / SUPER Concept Space Pitches & Networking Get-Together Co-Pro Series Pitches
10 - 10.45 am ZOO 4 Panel Behind the Curtain: Platforms and their Strategies
11.15 - 12 noon ZOO 4 Showcase Upcoming Series from Scandinavia
12.30 - 1.15 am ZOO 4 Showcase Turkish Drama
1.45 - 2.30 pm ZOO 4 Panel Writer Driven: The Showrunner Entrepreneur
3 - 3.45 pm ZOO 4 Panel The DNA of Israeli Series
4.15 - 5 pm ZOO 4 Panel Insights: Think Global - It's All About Distribution
5.30 - 6.15 pm ZOO 4 Showcase Norwegian Drama - Staying Ahead of the Game

10 am - 12.30 pm, Zoo 2 / SUPER Concept Space
Co-Pro Series Pitches & Networking Get-Together

Ten selected international drama series projects will be pitched to potential co-production partners, funding representatives and broadcasters, followed by a networking get-together.

Organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market
Networking hosted by Norwegian Film Institute (NFI)

By invitation only

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Hosted by

10 - 10.45, ZOO 4
Panel
Behind the Curtain: Platforms and their Strategies
with Adrian Garelik (CEO & Co-Founder, Flixxo), Olivier Jollet (Managing Director Europe, Pluto TV), Jeffrey Bowers (Senior Curator, Vimeo)

Streaming services have developed a variety of business models that seem to be constantly launching, re-branding, and evolving. In parallel, consumers continue to adapt and shift their viewing habits. During this panel discussion, representatives from streaming platforms talk about their strategies regarding monetization, global accessibility and user-friendliness.

Moderated by Meredith Burkholder (CEO, Webfest Berlin)


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11.15 - 12.00 am, ZOO 4
Showcase
Upcoming Series from Scandinavia

A selection of the most exciting new series from the Nordic region.

Presented by TV Drama Vision at Göteborg Film Festival
Moderated by Cia Edström (Head of Industry, Göteborg Film Festival)


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12.30 - 1.15 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Turkish Drama

Top-end, new and upcoming drama series from Turkey will be introduced by TRT (Turkish Radio Television Corporation) and Co-Production Manager attached to the projects: Resurrection:Ertugrul, Circle and One Heart
Followed by a networking get-together (by invitation only).

Hosted by TRT - Turkish Radio Television Corporation in collaboration with Bosphorus Film festival and Istanbul Media Academy
Moderated by Faruk Guven (Co-Production and International Productions Manager, TRT)


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Hosted by

1.45 - 2.30 pm, ZOO 4
Panel
Writer Driven: The Showrunner Entrepreneur
with Adi Hasak (Creator, Shades of Blue, Eyewitness), Anna Winger (Creator, Deutschland 83/86)

TV series are a writer's medium. Why don’t more writers break out of the writers' room and into the business? Writers Anna Winger (Deutschland 83/86) and Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue, Eyewitness) discuss founding their own companies, collaborating directly with studios, networks and streaming services, and navigating their business from scratch to screen.

Hosted by UNVERZAGT VON HAVE
Moderated by Christoph Fey (Entertainment Lawyer, UNVERZAGT VON HAVE)


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Hosted by

3 - 3.45 pm, ZOO 4
Panel
The DNA of Israeli Series

with Maria Feldman (Co-creator & Producer False Flag 1+2), Danna Stern (Managing Director, Yes Studios), Eitan Mansuri (Producer, Spiro Films)

Highly political thriller series, sensitive family dramas and compelling comedies: as a drama nation Israel knows to entertain and to set trends that travel the world. What are the ingredients of their successful storytelling and how do they manage to create world-wide hit series?

Funded and presented by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Introduction by Kirsten Niehuus (Managing Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg)
Moderated by Ali May


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Funded and presented by

4.15 - 5 pm, ZOO 4
Panel
Insights: Think Global - It’s All About Distribution
with Moritz von Kruedener (Managing Director, Beta Film), Carrie Stein (EVP Global Scripted Series, Kew Media Group), Emmanuelle Guilbart (Co-CEO & Founder, About Premium Content)

Since the classical buy-and-sell-model doesn’t apply in the drama series business anymore, distributors changed their agenda: they identify projects with broad international ambition already at an early stage. What is the content strategy of these powerhouses? And what are their aims for the future?

Moderated by Ali May


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5.30 - 6.15 pm, ZOO 4
Showcase
Norwegian Drama - Staying Ahead of the Game

Over the last years Norwegian Drama Series have won international awards, and there is an ongoing line up to watch out for. Beyond Nordic Noir, Norwegian creators have managed to diversify their content in ways that engage large audiences. We take a closer look at four innovative and trendsetting Norwegian projects with a distinctive stamp: Clone, a Low-Fi sitcom, Hand Madea fertility drama, Dates in Real Lifea VR dramedy and Verden Er Mina rapsical.
Followed by a networking get-together: Bubbles with the Norwegians (by invitation only).

Hosted by Norwegian Film Institute
Moderated by Mona B. Riise (TV-Host, Journalist)


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Hosted by

Time Location Type Event
10 am - 1 pm ZOO Club A Roundtable EBU Fiction Group Meeting
10 - 10.45 am ZOO 4 Showcase Drama - No Borders
10.30 - 11.15 am ZOO 3 Panel Hot Contenders: Presenting European Writing Talent
12 noon - 1 pm ZOO 4 Roundtable From Idea to Screen: Developing European Content for and with Netflix

10 am - 1 pm, Zoo Club A
Roundtable
EBU Fiction Group Meeting
Round Table Discussion on Trends & Future Developments

The EBU Fiction Group consists of Heads, Executive Producers and Commissioners from broadcasters within EBU. The members get together on a regular basis to discuss content and strategy issues, sharing new trends and best practices, but also trials and errors. An important focus today is international co-productions from a public broadcaster point of view.

Moderated by Liselott Forsman (Executive Producer, YLE) and Jeroen Depraetere (Head of Television, EBU)

EBU Members only


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10 - 10.45 am, ZOO 4
Showcase
Drama - No Borders
with Louise Pedersen (CEO, all3media international), Fatima Varhos (Head of Development & Program Drama, FLX Sweden), Carlotta Calori (Producer, Indigo Film Italy), Dr. Markus Schaefer (CEO, Filmpool Fiction Germany)

A British company invests in a Swedish drama, an Italian filmmaker produces their latest prime-time drama based on a British script, a German company works with a British distributor. The modern world of drama celebrates IP that travels, and local production talent that makes IP relevant. Here we discuss growing European collaboration amongst production companies and distributors.

Hosted by all3media in collaboration with Indigo, Filmpool Fiction, FLX C More and TV4
Moderated by Michael Pickard (C21Media)


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10.30 - 11.15 am, ZOO 3
Hot Contenders: Presenting European Writing Talent
with Pierre Puget Céline Decoox, Sullivan le Postec, Zuzana Dzurindova, Ivan Knezevic, Till Kleinert, Elena Lyubarskaya, Marjan Alcevski, Alexandre Manneville, Jana Burbach

All eyes in the European drama industry are on emerging talent with a fresh voice and striking new points of view. This session features the new writing talent and the projects to keep on the radar in the upcoming months.

Hosted by Serial Eyes, Midpoint TV Launch and SEAN (Serial Eyes Alumni Network)
Moderated by Klaus Zimmermann (Managing Partner, Dynamic Television)


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12 noon - 1 pm, ZOO 4
Roundtable
From Idea to Screen: Developing European Content for and with Netflix
with Kelly Luegenbiehl (VP International Originals Europe/Turkey/Africa), Rachel Eggebeen (Director Content International Originals DACH), Kai Finke (Director Acquisitions & Co-productions DACH), Damien Couvreur (Director International Originals France), Diego Avalos (Director International Originals Spain).

Meet the Netflix international commissioning team that is responsible for developing new European content for a global audience. Join us in a conversation about the different approaches towards local content creation and the decision making that goes into commissioning series.

Hosted by Netflix
Moderated by Eva Schulz (Journalist)

Host: Ali May

Let us present you Ali May, the main host of the Drama Series Days Panels 2019, who will moderate several of the presentations and talks on 11-13 February.
Ali May is a happy hybrid that hovers between fiction and factual. A presenter with a penchant for affectionately dismantling taboos and tickling the intelligence of the viewers. A writer of fiction, exploring the themes of war, attraction, and politics. A creator of content that goes beyond the cliché and the cursory. With a mission to make the world a kinder, sillier, and more equal place. Unhealthily attached to velvet.

Keynote Interviewee: Edward Berger

We are delighted to welcome writer and director Edward Berger for an exclusive Keynote interview at the Drama Series Days 2019 Kick-Off event. Following "Deutschland 83" and the US-production "The Terror", Edward Berger recently directed the Primetime Emmy-awarded mini-series "Patrick Melrose" and will provide us with insights into his work and process on these internationally acclaimed and popular series.