The annual Serial Eyes study trip to Copenhagen has been full of exciting meetings and encounters. On the first day, our Serial Eyes class sat in Søren Sveinstrup’s writers’ room at SAM Productions Ltd. Sveinstrup, who created The Killing, created the company in partnership with Borgen creator Adam Price and acclaimed producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, who are joined by French media company Studiocanal. Head of Development Emily Lebech Kaae, Producer Stine Meldgaard and Associate Producer and Legal Coordinator Fanny Le Gall made us feel very welcome and told us about SAM’s current and future TV series projects and their unique development and production processes.
Afterwards, we met with Christian Potalivo at Miso Film – the company behind the successful Scandinavian TV series Varg Veum, Those Who Kill, Dicte, Acquitted, Modus and 1864. They are now producing the first Scandinavian TV series for Netflix. Christian talked about about Miso’s TV series development process, their working principles and criteria for acquiring new material.
Our day ended with a visit to the DR headquarters, where noted head writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram (Borgen, Follow the Money) received us and talked to us about what it means to be a professional TV series writer, both from an artistic and a very practical point of view.
The next day, we were treated to a lecture on the Danish TV revolution by Emmy Award-winning producer Sven Clausen (Taxa, The Eagle, Unit 1, The Protectors) at the National Film School of Denmark. The producer, who had initiated and innovated the development processes that would revolutionize DR’s drama series in the 1990s and early 2000s, walked us through the typical production phases of a DR production step by step, from conception down to its promotion. Sven Clausen also gave our Serial Eyes participants valuable tips on how to create a strong series bible that can bewitch the producers in their first pitch session in January.
In the afternoon, Den Danske Filmskole producing alumnus Christian Rank (The Legacy, Norskov) returned to his alma mater to talk to us about his role as executive producer and commissioning editor for commercial broadcaster TV2 Denmark. Our participants were eager to find out how foreign writers could integrate in one of the most envied TV systems in Europe, and Christian was happy to oblige. Maybe this will lead to some beautiful working relations some day…The day ended with a networking event at the film school that allowed our Serial Eyes participants to meet the next generation of Danish writers and directors and discuss current and future projects. A big hearty thank you from all of us at Serial Eyes to our hosts at Den Danske Filmskole and all our Copenhagen lecturers for their time and for the warm welcome. Tak!