Another of MIDPOINT's series dedicated sidebar programs, MIDPOINT Cold Open is designed to train the skills of independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to fiction series content.
Offering practical knowledge connected to the developing, producing and financing of drama series content in Europe, the program will familiarize its participants with the current landscape, industry preferences and will compare the narrative and concept structures of feature films and scripted series as well as supply hands-on skills of financing and distributing of drama content.
The one-off event is set up within the diverse industry program of When East Meets West, and consists of lectures, group sessions and individual consultations. The program runs in English language.
The program targets independent producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to high end series content. The program’s graduates will acquire knowledge and skills connected to the processes of producing and financing series, and will get acquainted with European television industry landscape.
The program is participant-based, only one producer per company is accepted.
Note: Do you have a series project in development and want to work on it under the leadership of world-renowned tutors? Our "idea-to-market" project development program MIDPOINT TV Launch might be just the right thing for you! Within this program, we are also offering a training for aspiring development executives.
In case of an interest to enhance your craft and drama series writing skills, as well as to get acquintaned with the structure and workflow of a writers' room, explore our side-bar training program MIDPOINT Writers' Room.
January 25 - 28, 2021
online / in collaboration with WEMW
* all Europe (focus: the CEE region & Italy)
* December 4, 2020
* 150 EUR per participant
A When East Meets West accreditation is included within the participation fee.
In order to submit your application and the required materials, you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link.
/ personal and company profile
/ motivation letter
/ series pitch - optional
How many participants does the Cold Open program expect to select?
Approx. 6 - 8.
What to write into my motivation letter?
It will be closely described within the actual application form, but since you're asking: it should explain your professional background, reasons to join Cold Open, your plans on company development in the light of getting into series and possible references of shows you'd be interested in making.
Is the series pitch a required part of the application?
Not at all. If you don't have a particular project in mind, just let us know about your thought or type of projects that might interest you in your motivation letter.
What background should the applicants have?
The training is targeting feature film producers with the ambition to shift into series projects.
What is meant under a “series pitch”?
It's simply an overview of a series idea - should entail the basic description of the main premise of the series, the setting and arena, the main storylines and the narrative style. It's usually a 1 - 5 page long document - a first glance at the project.
Can I get a scholarship within Cold Open?
For this particular program we won't be allocating scholarships, sadly. However, we strongly recommend you to apply/contact your local funding organizations: national or regional film funds, associations, ministries of culture, which usually support or at least partially support training activities, even if they don't support television development in general.
Marike Muselaers of the Lumiere Group (Benelux) discusses financing TV series in the rapidly changing TV industry and the opportunities for producers in this new paradigm. How is the value chain changing and how can players from different (and smaller) language territories navigate this jungle and benefit from smart collaborations? She will provide examples of co-productions, 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 elements like the creative process, long-tail revenue, control, ownership, marketing, distribution and a possible 2nd season commission.
When you embark on a feature film project, you need to have one great story. When you want to set up a TV series, what you must have is one great premise. If you and the writers you work with play your cards right, this premise will give birth to several great stories over multiple episodes and, hopefully, seasons. It needs careful planning, organization and management to run with your premise. We will take a look at how to begin this process.