Latest success stories from the alumni

The Serial Eyes alumni spread across Europe are developing very successful careers built on their Serial Eyes experience and networks.  Here are some examples:

Serial eyes training 2013_14:

Matthias Schmidt got offered to direct the mini-series “Suddenly Apocalypse”, about a provincial family and the end of the world for SWR, a division of ARD in Germany.

After meeting the producer at the Serial Eyes Final Pitch, Laurent Mercier got hired to be part of the writers’ team of “The Club”, an international drama commissioned by Arte Germany. He also just finished to write a feature film. Laurent Mercier ‘s series project “The Gamble” developed during Serial Eyes was optioned by the German company Next Entertainment and La Grocery to make a European Coproduction about Europol’s investigation into football match-fixing. Currently Laurent is also working on “The House” which is produced by Atlantique (Jimmy Desmarais and Olivier Bibas), Lupa Films (Felix Von Boehm) and Port-de-Prince (Jan Krüger) with the showrunner Edward Burger (Deutschland 83). The broadcasters will be ARTE France and Arte Germany, as well as SWR.

Alexander Lindh is working as a head writer of ‘Armans Geheimnis’ (ARD, Germany), a serialized mystery drama for children.

Alexandre Manneville took a position of script coordinator at TeamTO on an animated series (52×12′ – written in Los Angeles, produced in France, and broadcasted in France and Germany).

Sabrina Amerell is developing her Serial Eyes original drama series “Robin”.

Anna-Katharina Brehm, Julia Széphelyi, George Angelov and Ludovico Purgatori are busy on multiple projects.

Sullivan Le Postec got hired by Love My TV and Making Prod to create “Connexion”, a six part thriller series which is currently being shopped to French broadcasters.

Wiebke Esser is currently the producer of a drama series that is been developed in a Writers’ Room at Tellux Film.  She was hired to set up a Berlin based writers’ room. She also works as Coordinator for the Drama Series Days at the European Film Market and the Berlinale Co-Produciton Market.

The second year of Serial eyes training 2014_15 made the excellent decision to build Dirty Dozen, a pan-European collective with the main office set in Berlin. Here are some of their successes resulting from Serial eyes:

“Debbie does good” (developed during Serial Eyes) written by slovak writer Michaela Strnad has just been optioned by Real Film (Studio Hamburg) and producer Katrin Goetter. Katrin is also a lecturer and mentor to the programme. Further Michaela is developing a project with Jimmy Desmarais (producer of “The returned”) for Atlantique productions. They are in the process of creating a half hour comedy.

“Sirens” was optioned by the Norwegian production company Filmhuset and the producer Trond Berg-Nilssen (“Lilyhammer”). “Sirens” was developed during the Serial Eyes workshop organised in Denmark with National Film School of Denmak and created by three Serial Eyes participants (slovak writer Michaela Strnad, greek writer Katerina Gerothanasi and polish writer Wiktor Piatkowski) who teamed up with Danish writer and screenwriting student Anna Emma Haudal.

“Kunst“ (comedy TV series developed during Serial Eyes) by german writer Niko Schulz-Dornburg, was optioned by H& V Entertainment. Further Niko is developing another series with them called “O’Zapft”. Both series are taking place in Munich, Bavaria.

The german writer Jana Burbach is currently part of a writers room for the thriller series “Bad banks“, produced by Lisa Blumenberg from letterbox for ZDF and Arte. Head Writer is Oliver Kienle and director Christian Schwochow. Filming is due to begin in September 2016.

Cécile Kiegel from France just begun to work as a script supervisor on a thriller based on the UK bestseller “Just what kind of mother are you?” by Paula Daly and working with the producer Sydney Gallonde from VAB.

Daniela Baumgaertl has co-written the Swiss feature film “The Swallow” (“Die Schwalbe”), that will be the opening film of the “Solothurner Filmtage”, the most important Swiss Film Festival, in January 2016. Director is Mano Khalil. The film will have its theatrical release in February 2016. Daniela Baumgärtl also will be one of the mentors of the Short Film Station of Berlinale Talent Campus 2016. She is currently developing projects with UFA Fiction and Oberon Film. 

The German writer Korbinian Hamberger developed „The Constable“ during Serial Eyes. It is a historical crime drama series set in post-war Germany with Constable Jack McBail searching for his missing brother while calling a halt to anarchy and crime. „Barry Films“ which is based in Berlin and Los Angeles just opioned it. Further his Dramedy „Tic Wie Tim“ was winning an open call for submissions by ProSiebenSat1 and VDD. 

“Mad Mountain” , also developed within Serial Eyes and written by Greek writer Katerina Gerothanasi was optioned by producer Jimmy Desmarais, Atlantique Productions. Nicola Lusuardi is the dramaturgical supervisor of the project. Both Jimmy Desmarais and Nicola Lusuardi have been mentors and instructors in the programme.