Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Film Festival Reveals TV Series Pitch Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Film Festival Reveals TV Series Pitch Line-Up

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Eight new drama series projects among co-pro line-up.

Babylon Berlin

For the fourth time, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will invite producers, commissioning editors, distributors, and other drama series financiers to the Zoo Palast for the pitch event CoPro Series, mounted as part of the Drama Series Days 2018 (February 19 - 21).

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In previous years, CoPro Series has hosted drama series projects looking for partners that have since become successful series, such as Babylon Berlin created by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, and Henk Handloegten, as well as Das Verschwinden (The Disappearance) by Hans-Christian Schmid, or Norway’s Valkyrien by Erik Richter Strand.

This year, eight new series projects have the chance to find co-production and financing partners. The creators will present a short pitch, followed by an opportunity to meet both at an informal get-together and in one-on-one meetings with interested partners to talk in concrete terms about a possible collaboration.

Two German projects are among those selected - the noir series Henkersbach by director Dominik Graf (Beloved Sisters, Dreileben, In Face of the Crime), with writers Friedrich Ani and Ina Jung, who were nominated for a Grimme Prize for Graf’s Das unsichtbare Mädchen; and the drama Baby Alone, the first TV project by experienced narrative and documentary screenwriters Judith Angerbauer (The Free Will) and Matthias Luthardt (Pingpong, Jesus Loves You).

In the Norwegian project Fury, showrunner Gjermund S. Eriksen, winner of a 2017 Emmy, sends two undercover detectives on the trail of a European network of right-wing extremists. Also selected for presentation at the CoPro Series Pitches is the drama series debut of Portuguese director Ivo M. Ferreira, whose feature Letters from War was shown in Competition at the 2016 Berlinale. In his project South, a rather socially inept detective in a heat and crisis plagued Lisbon investigates the murder of women and stumbles into a swamp of corruption.

Experienced Israeli writers Shani Melamed Nitzan and Gaya Wildman (False Flag) will pitch In a Heartbeat, the tension-filled story of a heart transplant that becomes a fateful link between two unusual women. …

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