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MIDPOINT Series Launch 2022

Open Call
Deadline: January 31, 2022

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.

Benefits

An exquisite experience

MIDPOINT Series Launch is the only residential, project-based training targeting and tailoring its content for the creative teams of emerging professionals coming primarily from Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic countries and the wider Mediterranean area.

For teams of writers, producers, and if attached, directors

  • develop your drama series project
  • pitch it & network within Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
  • create a bullet-proof series concept (you’ll thank us later…)
  • write an eye-catching pilot script
  • work with some of the most established European and international creators and professionals who are willing to lay the cards out on the table (good or bad)
  • learn to create as many marketing and financing models as necessary
  • explore the television and series industry landscape

For Development Executive Participants

  • become the next generation of commissioning editors, broadcasters or heads of development
  • learn to give constructive feedback
  • enhance your script editing and communication skills
  • pitch yourself as the new hot editor and series script consultant within Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event
  • watch new European drama develop and be a part of this creative process first hand explore the television and series industry landscape

Eager to find out more? Read an interview with DE training graduates!

MIDPOINT TV Launch is simply a great tool to develop a TV show. It helped us to refine and shape the story and wokshops naturally allow the Producer to participate on the creative process, which should be the core of our job.

Milos Lochman, Producer, TV Launch 2020 Alumnus

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
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.

 

To be announced...

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.

  • Teams with project
    Project Pre-Training
    April 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.

  • Development Executive Participants
    Pre-Training for DE Participants
    April 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
    April 2022  | 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

    To be announced

  • All participants
    Online Consultations
    May–June 2022  | online
  • All participants
    Workshop 2: Season Arc and Mini-Bible
    June 2022 | 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

    To be announced

  • All participants
    Online Consultations
    August–October 2022 | online
  • All participants
    Workshop 3: Pitching and Acquiring Partners
    November 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 & Baltin 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.

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

Fee and how to apply

Take the first steps towards becoming part of the network

Fee

1.800 EUR
per participant for the whole training
The fee covers the tuition, board and accommodation. Travel costs should be covered by the participants themselves.

application deadline

January 31, 2022

Who can apply?

  • project team members – writer/s, producer/s, director/s (if attached)
  • junior (aspiring) development executives
  • primary focus: Central and Eastern Europe
  • eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine

Application requirements

To apply for the workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions within the submission form.

 

Required materials

The detailed description of the required materials is to be found in the submission form, further and more elaborate information is available in the application guide and in the FAQs section.

 

Basically, all you need is a good idea you believe in, the sooner in the development process you apply, the better. Series Launch is designed as a "bottom-up" training program, and will help you create your show from scratch.

All applicants will be informed about the selection results in spring 2022. You may  be asked for an online interview.

FAQs

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Contact

Did we forget something? Do not hesitate to ask

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

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