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MIDPOINT TV Launch 2021

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The program that helps series creators to make their idea become a marketable project & aspiring development executives to enhance their craft and learn new skills.

Projects

9 promising series projects

The selected projects are divided into 3 groups per 3 projects, while each group's development is overseen not only by an assigned group leader tutor, but also a development executive participant.

Amrita

Indian-Hungarian painter Amrita Sher-Gil (India’s Frida Kahlo) arrives in Paris in 1929 to attend art college and discovers her secret power: no one can resist her magnetic charm. Against the ...
MIDPOINT participants: Zita KisgergelyKristina Jilly
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The Last Baroness

Young, free-spirited Babu seeks freedom and independence from her constricted life as a baroness. While the monarchy is collapsing, totalitarian Communists try to wipe off the aristocracy from the ...
MIDPOINT participants: Katarina KrnacovaDiana Kacarova
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Elephant

Anna dedicates her life for her perfect family. She keeps everything under control and in return she provides a convenient life for her husband and their three kids. However Anna is a functioning ...
MIDPOINT participants: Balazs ZacharDavid Csicskar
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Offside

Sasha, a young football betting kingpin, runs an impressive illegal gambling and match-fixing empire. But his Hamburg-based operation is growing too big to handle and he finds himself assailed from ...
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'C' FOR CANCEL

Cancelled for defence of a suicidal woman, Elena looses her TV career which equaled her life. She fights to get it back but angry mobs ignore her arguments and only need a scapegoat to vent out ...
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The Marcelots

When her mom kills herself and she finds out she might have a twin sister, Eva (32) becomes the unassuming guru of a community made up of her newly discovered brothers and sisters. Caught in between ...
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NON-CITIZENS

The plans of four flatmates from Lithuania, Poland, and Romania to build better futures for themselves in Glasgow turn into a hot mess when one of their mothers unexpectedly shows up on their ...
MIDPOINT participants: Margarita VeberaiteAiste Ptakauske
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Killswitch

Lea is a cyber security expert on her way to a sabbatical. Nina is a rising star of investigative journalism with a grudge against her colleague Peter. When Peter is found dead and Lea’s only friend ...
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SABRE

SABRE is based on real events that happened in Serbia in 2003, when the Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, was assassinated in front of the government building in broad daylight. While in the ...
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Participants

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



Development Executive Participants

Tutors

Inspirational professionals with a passion to share their experience

To ensure the most complex approach to training, TV 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.

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 ...
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Ben Morris
After studying drama at Bristol University, Ben’s first industry job was as a runner at ITV Studios Drama. ...
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Cyril Tysz
Cyril Tysz is a French screenwriter and head writer. After graduating from both La Sorbonne and UCLA film departments, ...
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Development Executive Mentor

The Development Executive Tutor attends and co-creates the training for the development executive participants, ensuring these are organically implemented into the working groups and the collaborative set-up simulates a real-life industry environment.

Steve’s incredible passion for stories and years of experience in high quality television makes him a true expert when it comes to nurturing projects and ensuring their development progress.

Steve Matthews
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

Shedding a light on the director’s role in series, and the way it differs from feature films, the Director Tutor introduces the participants into the workflow and responsibilities of a director of serial narratives, and how the process might influence the script itself, as well as the production.

Harald Hamrell
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Producer Tutor

Placing a finger onto the difference of the feature film and series production, the Producer Tutor makes sure the projects prepare solid production plans and would budget their series in a most effective and realistic way.

Nebojsa Taraba
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Pitching Tutor

The tutor prepares the projects and participants to present themselves not only for the final pitching of the program, but for the general presentation of the project ranging from an elevator pitch to a detailed business meeting. Warning: some unorthodox training practises included!

Michaela Sabo
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Financing Tutor

Utilizing the vast experience in financing and distribution, this tutor attends to the projects in order to set up a financing strategy and distribution models that would work for the projects’ best advantage: in an ever-changing market, several options are to be considered!

Marike Muselaers
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Guest Tutors

Established professionals arriving usually for one of the workshops to share their dramaturgical, professional, practical or legal expertise.

Jeff Bell
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Ben Harris
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Rudolf Leska
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Maggie Murphy
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Experts

Kolbrun Anna Bjornsdottir
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Eva Sigurdardottir
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Nebojsa Taraba
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Vala Thorsdottir
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Award

HBO Europe Award

5,000 USD will be handed out by the partner of the workshop, HBO Europe, to celebrate the Best Series Project of the MIDPOINT TV Launch 2021 program, within the Awards Ceremony of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

Structure

Eight months 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.

  • Development Executive Participants
    Pre-Training for DE participants
    April 26–27, 2021 | 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 3–14, 2021 | online
    Teams with project

    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 DNA of Television Series
    Ben Harris
    May 3, 2021, 11:30 a.m. | 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.

    The Narrative Foundations of a Series Project
    Gabor Krigler
    May 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | online

    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.

    Running the Genre Room - in partnership with Serial Eyes
    Jeff Bell
    May 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. | online

    Veteran US showrunner Jeff Bell discusses running a US-style writers’ room for a genre show. How do you manage writers and get the best out of people? And how much does the genre influence how you approach specific stories and arcs?

    The Alpha and the Omega
    Maggie Murphy
    May 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | 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.

    Both Sides of the Table - Dealing with Notes
    Ben Morris
    May 5, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | 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.

  • All Participants
    Online consultations
    May-June 2021  | online
  • All Participants
    Workshop 2: Season arc and mini-bible
    July 19–30, 2021 | online
    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
    Make Your Pitch Custom-Made
    Michaela Sabo
    July 30, 2021, 1:30 p.m. | online

    Whenever you do something from the bottom of your heart all the great energy you put in reflects in a form of an excellent result. There are no general rules that define a great pitch. The only rule is to know your story well and be able to have your heart present while pitching it. During her lecture, Michaela Sabo will guide the audience to find their strengths and weaknesses and make an advantage of both of them, to create a custom-made pitch. And last but not least, Michaela will give useful tips on how to overcome jitters, how to stay focused, how to find the core elements of the story and how to transfer it to the pitch audience.

    Roundtable Lecture for Writers
    Rudolf Leska
    July 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | online

    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.

     

    Financing European TV Shows: A Peptalk
    Marike Muselaers
    July 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m.. | online

    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 CEE 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.

    Roundtable Lecture for Producers
    Nebojsa Taraba
    July 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | online

    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.

    Directing TV-series and getting bigger bang for the buck
    Harald Hamrell
    July 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. | online

    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.

    So You've Written a Great Pilot...
    Steve Matthews
    July 19, 2021, 11:00 a.m. | online

    Steve Matthews, an experienced expert, now the Executive Producer of Drama Development 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
    August-October 2021 | online
  • All Participants
    Workshop 3: Pitching and acquiring partners
    November 15–21, 2021 | 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.

    The HBO Europe Award is handed out to celebrate the Best Series Project of the MIDPOINT TV Launch 2021 program.

    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
    Case Study: The Paper
    Nebojsa Taraba
    November 20, 2021, 2:15 p.m. | Tallinn, Estonia (Nordic Hotel Forum) & online

    MIDPOINT TV Launch tutor and Croatian producer Nebojsa Taraba (Drugi Plan) and distributor Rose Hughes of Keshet International will speak about the international appeal and distribution possibilities of Eastern European shows and how the successful series "The Paper" became the first ever Balkan show to be distributed by Netflix.

    Case Study: Fractures
    Kolbrun Anna Bjornsdottir
    November 20, 2021 , 4:00 p.m. | Tallinn, Estonia (Nordic Hotel Forum) & online

    Writers Kolbrun Anna Bjornsdottir and Vala Thorsdottir together with the director Eva Sigurdardottir, MIDPOINT TV Launch 2017 graduates, offer a unique insight into the development process of their TV Launch alumni project Fractures, which is to be released in 2021.

Successful series

Selection of our successful alumni

References

A pushing experience that gives you confidence

Funders

General Partners