Drama Series Days

In its third year, Drama Series Days, a joint of initiative the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, continues to bring the best new drama series and the most relevant decision makers and buyers to Berlin.

On the one hand, the quality of television drama has been on the rise and equals world-class cinema. On the other, professionals of the film industry have become key players in creating, producing, funding and distributing high-end drama series. At the Drama Series Days, all key players get together at the first Market of the year to meet, screen new series, pitch projects in development and share insights and trends that will dominate the upcoming year.

Official partner of the Drama Series Days is Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the platform is hosted in cooperation with HBO Europe and supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. All participants with an EFM Registration and/or Festival Accreditation have access to the Drama Series Days conference programme. Priority is given to Market Badge holders.

New location, extended dates
The Drama Series Days take place from February 13-15 at the Zoo Palast Cinemas.
Address: Hardenbergstrasse 29A, 10623 Berlin.
There is a regular and direct shuttle service between the Zoo Palast Cinemas and the other venues of the Market at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel.

Drama Series Days offers a selected and focused range of events:

Conference Programme
The Drama Series Days Conference Programme enables visitors to learn about the latest trends and developments from top executives from the drama series industry: which new players are around, what are the new funding opportunities for 2017, which genres and formats are mostly sought-after and which partners could be the most interesting ones for co-production, financing or distribution of new drama series?
The Conference Programme is taking place on the first two days of the Drama Series Days (Monday Feb 13 and Tuesday Feb 14) at the Zoo Palast Cinema 4. The panels are organized in collaboration with some of our partners.

Market Screenings
The Drama Series Days Market Screenings include 20 new and high-quality drama series from different parts of the world and produced by a broad array of first-class production companies and channels. The Screening Schedule of the Market Screenings will be published on January 31, 2017.

CoPro Series Pitching
This is your chance to discover new and highly promising drama series projects in development. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is dedicating an extra half day to the topic of serial works. On Wednesday Feb 15, it is inviting those active in the industry to this year’s CoPro Series pitching and networking event at the Zoo Palast Cinema 2, presenting seven brand new series projects that are seeking international co-production and financing partners.

Berlinale Talents
The vibrating platform for emerging professionals from all over the world also dedicates part of its programme to drama series. High-profile industry moguls such as Matthew Weiner, Martha De Laurentiis, Neil Jordan, Antony Root, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair shared their experiences with the audience. Part of the Berlinale Talents programme is open to the public, the complete programme will be published on January 31, 2017.

Programme Drama Series Days 2017

EFM Series: Conference Programme

Presented by Göteborg International Film Festival

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Monday, 13 FEB
11:30 - 12:30

Hosted by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter

Producers and development executives of successful drama series share their experiences to go beyond regional success and discuss their methods to approach a global audience.

Panelists:
Eleonora Andreatta, Rai Fiction | Rola Bauer, STUDIOCANAL TV | Jay Firestone, Prodigy Pictures | Christian Wikander, Pinewood Television |
Steve Conrad, Amazon Studios
Moderated by Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Monday, 13 Feb
13:30 - 14:30

Hosted by IMCINE

Drug dealers, human trafficking and folklore: those are well-known topics from Latin American drama series. Together with some of the best-known creators of the region, we want to discuss how to go beyond those arenas and succeed to bring other aspects of the multi faceted society on screen.

Panelists:
Daniel Burman, Showrunner | Gerardo Naranjo, Showrunner | Cristina Velasco, IMCINE
Moderated by Paul Trijbits, Filmwave

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Monday, 13 Feb
14:30 - 15:30

In cooperation with SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

An overview of drama funding opportunities in Germany and other European countries, including do's and don’ts along the process.
Presented by Andreas Bareiss

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Monday, 13 Feb
15:30 - 16:00

Hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Berlin is a town of ideals, of freedom as well as division and a dark side; just a perfect split character. It is the protagonist of series like 4 BLOCKS, BABYLON BERLIN, BERLIN STATION and HOMELAND. Creators and producers of these series talk about their work on the backdrop of Berlin’s rich history and colourful society.

Panelists:
Among others:Marcus Ammon, Sky Germany | Marvin Kren, Director
Moderated by Andrea Reuter, Göteborg Film Festival

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Tuesday 14 Feb
13:00 - 14:00

Hosted by UFA

Generating topics, finding talents, developing stories. On the occasion of UFA’s 100th anniversary we take a look on their recipe behind hit series like DEUTSCHLAND ’83 and KU’DAMM 56 as well as shortly awaited historical series CHARITÉ and THE SAME SKY.

Panelists:
Wolf Bauer, UFA | Benjamin Benedict, UFA | Nico Hofmann, UFA | Dror Moreh, Writer/Director | Anna Winger, Writer/Creator | Jörg Winger, UFA
Moderated by Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Tuesday 14 Feb
14:00 - 15:00

Hosted by HBO Europe, moderated by C21

Europe’s pay TV channel executives give insights in what they are commissioning, share some success stories and elaborate on their interest in co-producing with public TV channels or local producers.

Panelists:
Hannes Heyelmann, TNT / Turner | Anne Mensah, BSkyB | Hanne Palmquist, HBO Nordic | Tereza Polachová, HBO Czech Republic
Moderated by Michael Pickard, C21

Venue and Time

Zoo Palast
Cinema 4

Tuesday 14 Feb
15:00 - 16:00

EFM Series: Market Screenings

Please note:
All Drama Series Days market screenings take place at the Zoo Palast Cinemas 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Monday, 13 Feb / Tuesday, 14 Feb, 10:00–18:30
Wednesday, 15 Feb, 10:00–14:00
Address: Hardenbergstrasse 29A, 10623 Berlin

Check the final Drama Series Days screening schedule for the exact cinema and screening times.

4 BLOCKS Turner Broadcasting
BLACK SPOT AB International
THE BODY COLLECTOR Features Global Entertainment
BRUSSELS Endemol Shine Group
CARDINAL eOne
COLD Keshet International
DUMB Dori Media Group
FARANG Red Arrow International
THE HALCYON Sony Pictures Television
THE KENNEDYS - AFTER CAMELOT Muse Distribution International
THE LEGACY III DR Sales
MARY KILLS PEOPLE eOne
MISSING FS Studio
PRISONERS Global Screen
STRANGERS Beachside Films
SUPERMAX Globo
TRANSFER Lagardère Studios Distribution
WELCOME TO HINDAFING Global Screen
THE WISE ONES Globo

All screening details are only two steps away:
1) Log into your My Account
2) Choose “Drama Series” in the Initiatives filter of the Screening Schedule

Alongside the “Drama Series Days”, series also have a place in the festival programme of the Berlinale: a curated selection of high-quality series will again be presented within the framework of Berlinale Special Series at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

CoPro Series

Monday, 13 Feb, 14:30–15:30 COPRO SERIES

Producing Drama Series

Panelists:
Britta Knöller, 23/5 Filmproduktion, Germany | Eric Vogel, Tordenfilm, Norway
Moderated by Laurence Herszberg, Forum des Images –Séries Mania, France

Location: Berlin House of Representatives, Festsaal (Berlinale Co-Production Market, opposite the Martin-Gropius-Bau)

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is dedicating an extra half day to the topic of serial works. On February 15, it is inviting those active in the industry to this year’s CoPro Series pitching and networking event at the Zoo Palast Cinema 2, presenting seven brand new series projects that are seeking international co-production and financing partners.

Official Selection of projects for CoPro Series 2017:

Freud (Bavaria Fernsehproduktion & Satel Film), Germany/Austria
Cognition (Catalyst Global Media & A Better Tomorrow Films), UK/USA
Omerta (Caviar), Belgium
Metro (Kelija), France
State of Happiness (Maipo Film), Norway
Hausen (Tanuki Films), Bulgaria

Project selected in cooperation with Séries Mania:
Warrior (Miso Film), Denmark

Please note: The CoPro Series pitching takes place at the Zoo Palast Cinema 2.
Address: Hardenbergstrasse 29A, 10623 Berlin
Access by invitation only

Berlinale Talents

Berlinale Talents
"On Location: Berlin Station"

Monday, 13 Feb, 14:30–17:00
In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and ARRI

Berlin’s location at the heart of Europe has set it historically as a hotbed of espionage, and Berlin Station, Epix’s new hit series shot entirely on location in town, casts the moody metropolis as a haven of spies. This case study provides in-depth insights into the on-set processes of production of the series. Crew members tackle moments from preproduction and challenges faced while shooting, including organizing the team, equipment, locations, scenery and time schedules. Experts of key departments discuss crafting a visual approach, lighting and set design, as well as the logistics and creative considerations of using Berlin as location. Get also a glimpse into the underlying infrastructure of the series’ digital workflows.

Location: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HAU3 Top Floor (Tempelhofer Ufer 10)

Contact

Drama Series Days
series@berlinale.de