MIDPOINT TV Launch is focused on development of ongoing, episodic, content-rich TV series that can sustain multiple seasons. Both half-hour (25-30 minutes) and one-hour (40-60 minutes) series proposals are accepted. Our focus is on compelling stories and innovative series concepts that range from high-end to grass roots.
The program focuses on participants with a background primarily in filmmaking wanting to shift to quality television production, although not excluding participants with some experience in TV development, that come from Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the wider Mediterranean area primarily.
In 2016, during the Workshop 2, HBO Europe will grant an annual award, to honour the best project, at the final workshop of the year. The HBO Europe Award of 4000 USD will further support the project's development in HBO Europe original programming territories.
April 15 - 21, 2016
Pilsen, Czech Republic
(within Finále Plzeň FF)
participants with a project
/ teams of writers and producers (possibly directors, if attached)
participants without a project
/ individual writers, producers or commissioning editors
with a project
/ professionals / 500 EUR per participant
/ students / 250 EUR per participant
without a project
/ professionals / 400 EUR per participant
/ students / 200 EUR per participant
The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition at the workshop. Travel costs are NOT included. Students must submit confirmation of study from their schools.
An in-depth look at the life span of an American series. From preparing, and pitching, an hour long show to navigating the pilot process, and then setting up and running a writers' room, as well as dealing with actors, crew, production, and managing the studio and network - all while trying to maintain creative integrity and commercial longevity. We will break down specific scenes, character journeys, season and series long arcs, and study how, and why, it is essential to always be prepared for the unexpected, especially in today's television landscape.
Small Hall / Měšťanská beseda, Kopeckého sady 13, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic
This master class presents an analysis of the pilot episode of the U.S. TV legal show “How to Get Away with Murder.” This new hit show from the famous Shondaland production team represents a fresh and exciting new take on the traditional legal drama. The show updates a familiar procedural format with a complex storyline and the use of morally complex characters and an ethnically diverse cast. The master class will dissect the pilot script and examine key scenes to understand the continuing appeal of procedural formats for creators, networks, and audiences.
Representation Hall / Měšťanská beseda, Kopeckého sady 13, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic
The screening of the pilot episode of the successful one-hour series The Americans, which is currently in its fourth season on FX and stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, will be followed by a group discussion lead by Alan Kingsberg that analyzes and deconstructs the episode. Topics will include what makes a great pilot episode, story structure, character set-up and change, exposition and back-story, and adding new elements to the characters’ world.
Representation Hall / Měšťanská beseda, Kopeckého sady 13, 301 00 Pilsen