Marti Noxon and Frank Doegler among Showrunner speakers for Series Mania and Beta Series Creators Initiative as it opens for submissions
The Series Mania forum and European content giant Beta Group have opened their €120,000 Seriesmakers initiative for submissions and unveiled several high profile speakers for its inaugural event. Marti Noxon (Sharp objects, Unreal), Agnieszka Holland (Card castle, burning bush), Michael Hirst (The Vikings, The Tudors and Frank Doegler (game of thrones, the swarm) are among the nine speakers unveiled for the first online edition of the initiative. Janine Jackowski (Toni Erdman, Horizons), Israeli screenwriter Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz (The girl from Oslo), Isabelle Lindberg Pechou (Trom) and Brazilian Felipe Braga (Sintonia, LOV3) are among the mentors. Feature film directors who have had at least one cinema screen in the official selection of a major film festival in the past five years and are looking to move into series production can now submit projects, with two selected for €50,000 ($52,500) Beta prize or a new €20,000 emerging talent prize donated by the Kirch Foundation. Ten (including team efforts) will be selected, before three winners take home the grants. The deadline for submission is September 15. Series Mania General Manager Laurence Herszberg and Beta Content Director Koby Gal Raday are overseeing the initiative.
CBC-BIPOC TV & Film Showrunner Catalyst Launches in Banff
CBC, BIPOC TV & Film and the Canadian Film Center (CFC) have unveiled an accelerator program to support the career advancement of senior writers who identify as Indigenous, Black or People of Colour. The CBC-BIPOC TV & Film Showrunner Catalyst, unveiled yesterday at the Banff World Media Festival, will provide high-level professional coaching, designed with an anti-racism and equity-focused lens, as well as additional tools and support systems needed to reach a showrunner level in Canada. The first participants have been selected. These are Andrew Burrows-Trotman (Frankie Drake Mysteries, Diggstown, The wearer); screenwriter, poet and master of ceremonies MOTION (Coroner, The wearer, Revenge of the Black Best Friend) and Tanzanian-born British-Canadian designer Ian Iqbal Rashid (Kind of, This life, touch of pink). Each will also be paired with an external showrunner, who will serve as a mentor. The inaugural program will take place during the summer and fall.
India’s Women In Film And Television Association and Bollywood grip tool supplier set up female gaffer program
Bollywood actress Richa Chadha and director Shuchi Talati are launching an incubator program for women wishing to work as gaffers in the Hindi film industry. They have teamed up with the Women in Film and Television Association India and lighting and gripping equipment supplier Light N Light to create Undercurrent Lab, which officially launches today. This will provide ten participants with an intensive week-long course taught by gaffers and cinematographers, after which they will be sent out into the field to work as interns. Two will be placed on the first production of Richa and Ali Girls will be girls. Richa – who had planned an all-female production operation – said she found there were “virtually no women” working in Hindi lighting departments. Sponsored by Light N Light and powered by Mastercard and Berlinale Talents, the lab begins today and will run until June 18.
German broadcasters seize factual content beyond rights
Sky Deutschland, RTL, Discovery Germany, ZDF Studios and SevenOne. Entertainment purchased factual information from UK-based Beyond Rights. Sky’s German arm has secured a nearly 100-hour package including shows such as royal biography series ElizabethPrince Andrew’s doctor The Prince and the Pedophile and dog grooming contest Doggie Perfect USA. RTL took MythBusters Enginewhile Discovery Germany won all six seasons of Nightmarish tenants, slum owners. bagged ZDFS MH370: the coverage and season 2 of Underworlds and SevenOne won the first three rounds of Undercut: Wooden Treasure and the last season of Massive engineering errors.