Panel Programme

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

Panel Programme Drama Series Days 2018

10-10.45 am
ZOO 2
Opening Session
Kick-Off Drama Series Days 2018
with Matthijs Wouter Knol (EFM), Petra Müller (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW)
After a short official welcome of all industry delegates attending this year’s edition of the Drama Series Days by EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW CEO Petra Müller, the focus will be on creative talent.
Well-known Israeli writer and director Keren Margalit will shine a light on her work on successful series like BETIPUL and YELLOW PEPPERS, that got international acclaim and surprised audiences all over the world – often through well-produced remakes. She now comes to Berlin with SLEEPING BEARS, premiering at this year’s Berlinale Series programme. Having created several stories that found resonance with audiences outside of Israel, Keren Margalit will tell about her experience in and view on working with stories that reach beyond national borders – and how to find and tell them successfully.
Internationally lauded creator, writer and producer Frank Spotnitz is best known for THE X-FILES, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE. As CEO of Big Light Productions, based in London and Paris, Frank develops and produces a diverse slate of series, from highly authored short-form pieces to writers-room driven returning series. He will share his views on what makes a series successful, and which kinds of European stories have worldwide appeal.
The session will be hosted by moderator Ali May and both short keynotes will be followed by an on-stage moderated conversation between Margalit and Spotnitz.
Moderated by Ali May

11-11.45 am
ZOO 2
Panel
How to Make Series Travel
with Rola Bauer, Sarah Doole, Ivar Køhn, Moritz von Kruedener
European key players from the fields of production, development and sales give insights into the business of internationally co-produced serial drama and share their recipes for success. What are their strategies to place serial content with an international audience? What are important factors in story development, casting and international financing?
In cooperation with Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Moderated by Stewart Clarke, Variety

1-1.45 pm
ZOO 4
Presentation
Follow the Money: Financing Series in Europe
Based on Chimney’s financing book giving an overview on the possibilities for funding of high-end drama series in Europe, Fredrik Zander will offer a bird’s eye view on the current landscape of financing.
Presented by Chimney
Moderated by Fredrik Zander, Chimney

2-2.45 pm
ZOO 4
Showcase: Upcoming Series from Germany
Highly anticipated series from Germany will be presented with an exclusive sneak peek and scenes straight from the set: 4 BLOCKS – Season 2 (TNT Serie, Wiedemann & Berg), ARTHUR’S LAW (TNT Comedy, good friends Filmproduktions GmbH), M FOR MURDER (SUPERFILM / ORF / RTL Crime / Beta Film) and EIGHT DAYS (NeueSuper, Sky Vision)
Hosted by European Film Market
Moderated by Ali May

2-3.30 pm
HAU3 - Top Floor
Tempelhofer Ufer 10 10963 Berlin
Panel: Murder Management—Tension in Crime and Mystery
Citing examples from their series Dark, the creators demonstrate how constructing binge-inducing suspense is all about how and when to reveal your characters' deepest secrets. Hosted by Berlinale Talents. Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

3-3.45 pm
ZOO 4
Showcase: Parfum
What if fiction surpasses reality? What if feelings become manipulative – and nobody has anything left to lose? 2018 in the Niederrhein province. A brutal murder series. A young, headstrong profiler with unusual investigation techniques. And a trail that leads to the past: to five boarding students, who on their quest for power and love began experimenting with the mystery of human scent…
Constantin Film in coproduction with ZDFneo
This event will be presented in German.

4-4.45 pm
ZOO 4
On-stage interview
Variety in Conversation with: Natalie Dormer
with Natalie Dormer
The currently sought-after actress starring in series such as ELEMENTARY and GAME OF THRONES will exclusively join the Drama Series Days industry audience to discuss her experiences in acting on grand-scale international series. She’s joined by Larysa Kondracki, director of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, that is premiering in the Berlinale Series programme, to discuss the collaboration between director and actor and the choices they made in the creative process of bringing the essence of the series’ character to the screen.
Moderated by Henry Chu, Variety

5-5.45 pm
ZOO 4
Showcase: Danish Drama
Three top-end drama series from Denmark will be introduced by the creatives and talent attached to the projects. A FORTUNATE MAN by Bille August (director) and Anders August (creator), LIBERTY by Asger Leth (creator) and Mikael Marcimain (director) and WARRIOR by Peter Bose (producer) and Dar Salim (actor). Hosted by The Danish Film Institute in collaboration with Copenhagen Film Fund, TrustNordisk, TV 2 and DR Sales.
Moderated by Stephen Armstrong

5-6.30 pm
HAU3 - Top Floor
Tempelhofer Ufer 10 10963 Berlin
Panel: High in the North—New Finnish Series
The makers of two brand new Finnish short series shed light on their uncompromising approaches to storytelling, new distribution strategies and the task of reaching youth audiences. Hosted by Berlinale Talents.

1-1.45 pm
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 Intenational Film Festival
Moderated by Andrea Reuter

2-2.45 pm
ZOO 4
Panel
From Bestseller to Drama Series: Successful Adaptations
with Karoline Leth, Dan Futterman
Focusing on two adapted award-winning books, Pulitzer Prize-winning Lawrence Wright’s “The Looming Tower — Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” (2006) and Danish bestselling author Jakob Ejersbo’s “Liberty” (2009), part of his African Trilogy, the creator and producers of the new series will share their experiences in turning the pages of the bestsellers into compelling televised formats, including the do’s and dont’s they learned along the road.
Hosted by European Film Market
Moderated by Ali May

3-3.45 pm
ZOO 4
Talks and Presentation
Previously on CoPro Series
Featuring projects previously presented at CoPro Series (2015-2017) and their current production and release status. Find out about their release and marketing strategies!
Hosted by Berlinale Co-Production Market
Moderated by Wiebke Esser

4-4.45 pm
ZOO 4
Panel
Short and Strong: Short Form Drama Series
with Helge Haas, Max Malka, Oskari Sipola
Not long ago stuck in the niche of being a reasonable alternative to high-cost traditional TV series, digital short form drama series have recently developed into an important and richly creative segment of the serial landscape. With the rise of mobile and apps and the dramatically different viewing patterns they brought along, short form series have also become an important business factor. At this panel, producers of short dramas NERD: DRAGONSLAYER666 and HAS BEEN and a Helge Haas (Radio Bremen) will talk about the process of producing and marketing short form drama series.
In cooperation with Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Moderated by Andrea Reuter

5-5.45 pm
ZOO 4
Panel
The New Normal: Diversity as a Selling Point
with Laurence Lascary, Nadin Hadi, Adrienne Frejacques
From ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, TRANSPARENT to THE HANDMAID’S TALE: The changing treatment of diversity in recent productions, the importance of gender equality both behind and in front of the camera, the visibility and, above all, the perspective of women and minorities have become for the current market place a key strategy for the success of stories with audiences. This panel will focus on this trend in the series industry whereby strong examples are set for high-quality narratives that depict a diverse world and in doing so successfully resonate with audiences. Experts present and discuss trends and successes.
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Moderated by Ali May

6-6.45 pm
ZOO 4
Showcase: Globo Series
Globo shaped its drama productions through telenovelas, a content exported nowadays to more than 170 countries. Over the last years, Globo’s series production has increased in volume, investments and even in sub-genres. Hosted by Globo’s Head of Development Mr. Gustavo Gontijo, the series showcase will present 12 top productions, among them awards wining series such as Under Pressure and Jailers as well as Vade Retro, The Wise Ones and City of Men, series that were co-produced with celebrated director Fernando Meirelles. It’s time for Brazilian Series
Hosted by Globo and moderated by Gustavo Gontijo

10.30 am - 1 pm
ZOO 2
CoPro Series Pitch 2018
Eight carefully selected international drama series projects will be pitched to potential co-production partners, funding representatives and broadcasters.
Hosted by Berlinale Co-Production Market
Moderated by Martina Bleis

Host: Ali May

Let us present you Ali May, the main host of the Drama Series days Panels 2018, who will moderate several of the presentations and talks on February 19-21.
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.