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MIDPOINT Series Launch 2022

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Make your series idea a marketable project. Learn how to improve your script as well as your skills, and find out possible funding opportunities. Both limited and ongoing series projects are welcome.

The program was previously known as TV Launch.

Projects

Nine promising series projects

Participating projects are divided into three groups of three, and each group's development is overseen by both a group leader and participating development executive. 

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The story unfolds over the course of two weeks in the run-up to the eviction of a squat in a run-down Athens neighbourhood. Hard times forced Yanis and Maria to move here from the rich suburbs. A ...
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A Remarkable Woman

In 1880s France, Marie Bashkirtseff, an ambitious mademoiselle of minor Ukrainian nobility, receives unfortunate news: her lung health is poor, and she will not live a long life. Stunned by this ...
MIDPOINT participants: Cristian NicolescuAnastasia Starova
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Childocracy

In a seemingly idyllic ecovillage, a lack of understanding between adults and kids lead to an experiment where kids are granted equal rights with the adults. Behind the mask of equality, parents ...
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Gray Divorce

Angelina and Zoran Kovach live a comfortable, quiet and seemingly happy upper-middle-class life. In their late-sixties, both are slowly pulling out of their real estate business, leaving it in the ...
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IQUTE

At just 37, Maja’s only a step away from startup success. Already 37, Maja still doesn’t have kids. She’s always thought that she wanted children – someday. Her husband, Mikołaj, has always been ...
MIDPOINT participants: Anna RozalskaMonika Franczak
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Kanun

Arion spent his whole life feeling flawed, struggling every day to prove his worthiness as an Albanian immigrant in Italy. When he is dragged at gunpoint to his paternal uncle's funeral, and ...
MIDPOINT participants: Ariens DamsiGiulio RizzoAriens Damsi
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Nino and Iliko

Nino & Iliko takes place in Soviet Georgia between 1925 and 1957 and tells the story of two lovers and talented dancers Nino and Iliko who have a dream to start their own dance company in a ...
MIDPOINT participants: Nino ChichuaUta BeriaMaka Kukulava
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Other White

The term Other White is a classification of ethnicity in the United Kingdom and has been used in documents such as the 2011 UK Census to describe people who selfidentify as white (chiefly European) ...
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Splashing Around

LUNA TJULEN (15) is swimming in the lake in front of her family house. She’s going at it hard and checking her time on her fitness watch. She keeps trying to get from one end of the tiny lake to the ...
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Participants

The next generation of Central and Eastern European series-content professionals

Development Executive Participants

Tutors

Inspirational professionals with passion for sharing their experience

To ensure the most complex approach to training, Series Launch works with established and well-respected industry names coming from Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, USA or Australia.

 

Head of Studies

The Head of Studies oversees the general methodology of the program, ensures the needs of the participants are met in the most effective way, and guarantees the practical value and industry impact of the training delivered.

Gabor is a trailblazing professional: showrunning three seasons of the HBO Europe high end drama Golden Life, he boldly went where no man has gone before!

Gabor Krigler
Hungary  
Gabor’s career began in the writing staff of a daily serial at Grundy UFA in 1999. He became a Creative Executive at the Budapest office of HBO Europe in 2010, responsible for all creative aspects ...
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Group Leaders

The Group Leaders oversee the development of projects in their group from the very beginning of the training until they graduate from the program. They also coach the development executive participant assigned to their group.

Gabor Krigler
Hungary  
Gabor’s career began in the writing staff of a daily serial at Grundy UFA in 1999. He became a Creative Executive at ...
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Katrin Merkel
Germany  
Katrin studied German Literature and French at the University of Hamburg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. ...
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Tatjana Samopjan
Sweden  
Tatjana Samopjan is a creative consultant, lecturer and coach specialising in development of TV series, films and ...
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Development Executive Mentor

The Development Executive Mentor attends and co-creates the training program for the development-executive participants, ensuring that it's implemented into group work and that the collaborative set-up simulates a real-life industry environment.

Steve Matthews
United Kingdom  
Steve was Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and ...
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Director Tutor

Harald Hamrell
Sweden  
Harald Hamrell is one of the most successful and rewarded directors of TV-series in Sweden. During the years he has ...
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Financing Tutor

Marike Muselaers
Netherlands  
Marike Muselaers started her career at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumière team. After a ...
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Producer Tutor

Nebojsa Taraba
Croatia  
Nebojša Taraba, producer & partner, production company DRUGI PLAN, ZAGREB (CROATIA). Drugi plan is a leading ...
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Pitching Tutor

Agathe Berman
France  
Agathe Berman a.k.a The Pitchologist, is a slash figure: pitch expert/producer/writer/teacher/artistic consultant. She ...
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Guest Tutors

These established professionals attend one of the workshops to share their particular professional expertise.

Benjamin Harris
Germany  
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Rudolf Leska
Czech Republic  
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Ben Morris
United Kingdom  
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Maggie Murphy
United States  
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Cyril Tysz
France  
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Structure

A year long intensive program combining various formats

The 9 creative teams, split into 3 groups, work under the guidance of internationally renowned and experienced tutors and in close collaboration with development executive participants who are involved in all parts of the program.

The program schedule and the form of the organization inevitably depend on development of the coronavirus pandemic situation.

  • All participants
    Project Pre-Training
    April 11-14, 2022 | online

    Project team members are introduced to serial storytelling with lectures and dramaturgical consultations addressing the structural differences between features and series, and tackling the subject of the series concept and a pilot.

    Lectures
    The DNA of Television Series
    Benjamin Harris
    Monday, April 11, 11:30-13:00 CET | Online

    How do anthology, continuing and limited series work? What are common TV drama genres? Examining the formal structures and common story elements that compose the “DNA” of a series, we will look for the ‘engine’ that powers the storytelling in each series format and genre: the careful interplay of character, theme, arena and plot.

    Both Sides of the Table - Dealing with Notes
    Ben Morris
    Tuesday, April 12, 10:00-11:30 CET | Online

    Wherever you’ve come from and wherever you’re going as a screenwriter, one thing is certain: notes will be coming your way and from all angles! Ben will use his experience working on both sides of the table - in development/production and also as a writer - to discuss how to give and take notes in a way that is productive, collegiate and fun.

    So, What Makes It a Series?
    Cyril Tysz
    Wednesday, April 13, 10:00-11:30 CET | Online

    At the core of each series lies an engine, a central question, a central conflict that, unlike in a movie, must not be solved. Stretching a movie for 8 hours might not be the solution either, for a series is NOT a long film chopped into small pieces. So how do you provide the fuel to go beyond the pilot?What sustains the conflict and makes the audience want to watch the next episode?

    While in film, the legendary chicken and egg question of which comes first: the plot or the character remains unanswered, in TV series, CHARACTERS are the way to go: they are the reason we come back to watch the show.

    In this lecture, Cyril will study the specifics of series characters. How they have to be approached, how they must be combined and confronted with one another in order to sustain conflict and generate situations and scenes for a long time. He will also discuss how they affect the narrative specifics that are at the core of any series, whether procedurals or serialized, all that good stuff that makes a series – a series.

    TV series with no expiration date / Deep structure in TV series
    Tatjana Samopjan
    Thursday, April 14, 10:00-12:00 CET | Online

    This lecture is an exploration of deep structure in serialised stories of lasting quality.

    What makes some TV series last and get better with each season,
    while others start dying after just a few episodes? Why do some
    affect us deeply, while others are temporary entertainment? What are the necessary ingredients in a successful long-running series – the kind that does not seem to have an expiration date?

    As it turns out, the answers can be found inside an active volcano...

    The Alpha and the Omega
    Maggie Murphy
    Thursday, April 14, 18:00-19:30 CET | Online

    Ms. Murphy will discuss the highlights of the most powerful and critical parts of your script... The beginning and the end. In this market of television where there are hundreds of shows to watch - how can you break out of the clutter. It is critical to hook the audience in the first 10 or 15 pages. This is the heart of your show... the make it or break it. Maggie will screen an assortment of iconic pilot openings and analyze why they keep the audience mesmerized. There will also be discussion on the ending of your pilot and how it must also be equally strong to bring the audience back for more.

  • Development Executive Participants
    Pre-Training for DE Participants
    April 4-5, 2022 | online

    Development executive participants, guided by their tutor, in collaboration with the group leaders, are briefed and pre-trained in their basic script-editing skills.

  • All participants
    Workshop 1: Series Concept
    May 7-13, 2022  | Breznice, Czech Republic
    Teams with projects

    The creative teams are led to defining their series concept and theme, and outlining their pilot scripts. The workshop consists of group work, individual consultations, lectures and series analysis.

    Development Executive Participants

    Each Development Executive is assigned to the group of projects and observes the group work led by the group leader. The participants get acquainted with the dynamics within the creative team. Their learning process is debriefed within meetings with the development executive tutor, as well as the project teams themselves.

     

    Lectures
    The Narrative Foundations of a Series Project
    Gabor Krigler
    Sunday, May 8, 10:30-12:00 CET | Breznice, Czech Republic

    Gabor Krigler, the founder of Joyrider TV and former Creative Executive and Producer at HBO Hungary, will explain how the pilot episode of a drama series must serve many different needs. It has to be a great story itself but it also must set up a long, ongoing narrative. He will be looking at the various elements that need to be introduced in a pilot to hook the audience and create an emotional experience they want to return to. The second part of the discussion focuses on the creative processes behind the show bible and what it needs to contain to help sell your project first, and then serve as a springboard for further development.

    Fire in the Eyes
    Tatjana Samopjan
    Moday, May 9, 9:00-10:30 CET | Breznice, Czech Republic

    All the storytelling skill, experience and craft in the world is not worth much if the story is not burning with the fire of clear vision and deep insight. These are developed in life, not in the writers’ room. We’ll be looking into how the vibrancy of our life-experience and the quality of our perception influence the reach, the depth and the truthfulness of the stories we create.

  • All participants
    Online Consultations
    May–June 2022  | online
  • All participants
    Workshop 2: Season Arc and Mini-Bible
    June 26 - July 3, 2022 | Bratislava, Slovakia
    Teams with project

    Creative teams work on completing their pilots, and creating their season arc and season outlines. They focus also on the role of a director, the project pitching documents, production aspects as well as the financing strategy.

    Development Executive Participants

    Development Executive Participants continue the involvement in the group, serving as script editors, observing the work on the pilot episode, and getting trained in the financing strategies and production issues together with the creative teams.

    Lectures
    Directing TV-series and getting bigger bang for the buck
    Harald Hamrell
    Monday, June 27 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    What are the secrets to manage the work of a long TV-series as a director? How do you make the best out of your resources? The Swedish director, Harald Hamrell, who has been director on around twenty TV-series and feature films, will tell you all about his experience over the years and show case studies of his latest productions.

    Financing European TV Shows: A Peptalk
    Marike Muselaers
    Monday, June 27 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    Let’s talk financing! From getting over that extremely difficult first development money hump to pitching your show to a European broadcaster, an international distributor or a global streamer – Marike will give an overview of the current landscape and discuss financing opportunities for European TV projects in the rapidly changing global industry. How can producers from all European territories navigate this jungle, find the right partners and eventually benefit from smart collaborations? How do you pitch to different partners? Which coproduction partners go together and how do you keep them all aligned? What about the role of the international distribution partners?

    Marike will provide examples of European co-productions and their financing plans, including deals with global streaming platforms, territory-by-territory deals with broadcasters and some of the in-between options, and discuss how different co-productions and deal structures can impact the creative process, long-tail revenue, control, ownership, marketing, distribution and a possible 2nd season commission.

    Let it pitch
    Agathe Berman
    Wednesday, June 29 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    Two hours of interactive pitching exploration with Agathe Berman

    • Browsing issues about pitching: trepidation, traps, tips, tools
    • Video pitch perspectives
    • Experimenting: blitz trials and one on one assignments
      for further steps
    Roundtable Lecture for Producers
    Nebojsa Taraba
    Thursday, June 30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    Many of us are already familiar with how to prepare and organize a feature film shooting and postproduction, but when it comes to series, it can be a slightly different process with its own specifics and rules. This roundtable will try to shed a light on the most important moments of the production that will help to achieve a satisfying result. Time is the key factor in the production of series and in order to find out how this “alchemy” of turning words in picture works.

    Roundtable Lecture for Writers
    Rudolf Leska
    Thursday, June 30 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    What is the position of a writer in the European ecosystem, what to look out for when it comes to contracts and which expectations to have? We’ll discuss all this and more in a closed session where there are no bad questions with Rudolf Leska, an established copyright lawyer with international experience.

    So You've Written a Great Pilot...
    Steve Matthews
    Friday, July 1 | Bratislava, Slovakia

    Steve Matthews, an experienced producer and development executive, now the Executive Producer, Scripted at HBO Europe,  will discuss the process from pitching your project through series development, production and beyond. What to expect, the stages in the process, the pitfalls to watch out for, and learning to love notes.

  • All participants
    Online Consultations
    September–November 2022 | online
  • All participants
    Workshop 3: Pitching and Acquiring Partners
    November 17-23, 2022 | Tallinn, Estonia
    Teams with project

    Each project arrives with a revised pilot script and a completed pitch book/mini-bible. Workshop focuses on creating marketing strategies, refining pitching skills and familiarizes participants with the specifics of different segments of the series market. It concludes at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and its TV Beats market, offering debates, panels, lectures, case studies, master classes and the pitching presentation of all projects and participants within.

    Development Executive Participants

    The development executive participants are present at the pitching training and rehearsals of the projects and also prepare for their own presentations, to pitch themselves as industry professionals. They will also use the networking opportunities at the event for their future careers.

    Lectures

    To be announced.

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Alumni program

Next Season

Expert lectures based on the needs and knowledge gaps of MIDPOINT series programs alumni will be organized in 2022. More info coming soon.

References

A pushing experience that gives you confidence

Successful series

Selection of our successful alumni

Contact

Did we forget something? Do not hesitate to ask

Alexandra Gabrizova
Program Coordinator
alexandra.gabrizova@midpoint-institute.eu

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