The DFFB and LFS’ rich network of industry contacts has enabled SERIAL EYES to secure highly respected scriptwriters, producers, directors and commissioning editors as instructors and guest lecturers. Top US-based showrunners are invited to lead workshops drawing on their particular expertise, while master classes and hands-on modules concentrate on the scriptwriting process and other vital aspects of serial production – always with a practical focus. Veteran U.S. showrunner and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Man in the High Castle, Medici) and UK writer-producer Ben Harris (Ransom, The Musketeers) jointly run the writers’ room sessions throughout the programme. The writers’ room sessions and participants’ collaborative work on projects are vital ingredients for SERIAL EYES.
Showrunner/Executive Producer (USA)
Award-winning American writer and producer best known for his work on The X-Files (USA).
Ben Harris writing jobs include BBC One dramas ‘The Musketeers’, ‘Hunted’ and ‘The Paradise’.
Writer, script supervisor at Sky Italia, teaches at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.
Creative Director (Italy)
Creative Director of Original Productions for Sky Italia.
Showrunner/Executive Producer (USA)
Writer/producer, currently showrunning Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., best known for his work on V, Angel, The X-Files.
TV critic, author, editor and columnist for online TV magazine, professor for TV and film at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Graduated from Sciences Po Paris and after a Master in Law of Audiovisual communication, Jimmy follows a famous French screenwriting class in 2003 (CEEA).
Vegard S. Eriksen
Executive producer (Norway)
Executive producer „Home ground“, 10 episodes starting shooting March 2017. Showrunner, producer and creator of Mammon 1 & 2 (2014-2016), Executive producer Mammon season 3 (2017- ), Producer of Sky Blue (2007-2010), the highest share as TV series in Norway until Heavy water was screened 2015. Also the series Brothers (2010-2011) mini-series as a producer.
Luke has over a decade’s experience as a script editor and development executive, having worked on dramas for ITV, Mammoth Screen, Sky, and the BBC before joining Big Light in 2015 on ‘The Man in the High Castle’.
Ellis Freeman co-wrote the award-winning feature film ‘Princesa’ and black comedy, ‘January 2nd’.
Born 1974. Studies of Social Science. As of 1998 producer in the field of advertising. Assistant director for feature films, series and documentaries. Script writer in the Series division, studies at dffb (German Film and Television Academy) in Berlin.
Piodor Gustafsson has more than twenty five years of experience within film, TV and advertising. Since September 2012 Peter is running his and Tomas Alfredson’s production company Another Park Film.
Benjamin Harris is Head of Programme for Serial Eyes.
KIRSTEN ITTERSHAGEN was born in Hamburg. She is a German scriptwriter and lives Berlin.
Head of Producers’ Programme, UCLA.
VP Executive Producer
Steve was Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and produced four series of RTE’s award winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate.
Maggie Murphy is the Head of Shaftesbury U.S., the company’s newly launched division located in Los Angeles and focused on development for the U.S., Canadian and International markets.
Isabelle Péchou recently founded The Drama Agency, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The consultancy company sets up coproductions on an international scale. The projects are mainly coming from Scandinavia.
Mayte Kappel Rovira
As a Berlin-based coach, trainer and facilitator, Mayte is an expert in designing, planning and supporting human development processes for groups and individuals.
Writerr (UK and Germany)
Donna is currently working as co-writer on WEST OF LIBERTY, the ZDF/SVT/ITV Global screen adaption of Thomas Engstrøm’s award-winning, Berlin-set espionage novel.
Born in Paris, Cyril first studies filmmaking at the Sorbonne, then at UCLA where he is granted the Alan Jacobson Award for best first student film with his short Dust In the Sun.
VP Original Production, HBO Central Europe
Johnathan Young is a producer and executive producer with a long history in the television industry. He joined HBO Europe as an Executive Producer in 2014, and was responsible for Mamon in the Czech Republic and Pakt in Poland in 2015, and Pakt2 and Valea Muta in Romania in 2016.
Managing Partner, Dynamic Television (Germany/ France)
Born in 1966, Klaus Zimmermann has a DEA (Master) degree in general private law (Sorbonne) and a masters degree in management science with a special mention for international business studies (Paris Dauphine).
Special guest speakers
Guest of honor 2014
Julian Fellowes was catapulted into Hollywood’s A-list of writers when he received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002 for GOSFORD PARK, which was his first produced film.
Guest of honor 2015
Fontana has written and produced such groundbreaking television series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Oz, for which he has received, among others, three Emmy Awards.
Guest of honor 2017
Jed Mercurio is one of the few UK script-writers to work as an American-style showrunner.
Anders August graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2007 and has since written an Oscar-nominated short film, 7 feature films and numerous episodes of television.
Dohna founded EOS Entertainment together with Jan Mojto and is responsible for the international coproductions of Betafilm since 2005.
ABC Entertainment Group (USA)
President, ABC Entertainment Group.
Executive Producer (UK)
Petra Fried has been executive producer on five series of the multi-award winning Channel 4 comedy drama Misfits.
Jeppe Gjervig Gram
Winner of the BAFTA for Best International Series, 2012
Dominique Jubin is Director of french drama and co-productions of Canal Plus since 2006.
After having been a rock musician he started in television making controversial comedy with his long time writing-partner Jón Gnarr (who later became the Mayor of Reykjavík).
Executive Director Feature Films and TV series (Germany)
Susanne Mueller has a Master Degree in Journalism. She joined ZDF in 1980.