Croatian projects Dream Hackers and Travel Bug winners of NEM Zagreb's TV Writing Contest
- The first edition of the TV market saw presentations of new content coming from BBC Studios, CBS International, Keshet International and yes Studios
The first edition of the TV market NEM Zagreb took place from 11 to 13 December and focused on content creation, with panels, case study presentations, exclusive screenings and networking events as well as conversations with world-renowned TV professionals.
In the market's TV Writing Contest, two Croatian writers won the €5,000 prize and a 6-month license to WriterDuet Pro screenwriting software each: Matej Merlić with Travel Bug by in the unscripted category, and Daria Keršić with Dream Hackers in the scripted category. The full list of projects can be found here.
On the second day of the event, some of the most recognizable world-renowned broadcasters presented their new productions.
BBC Studios offered a glimpse of its newest show Sanditon, inspired by Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel. In addition to the exclusive screening, participants enjoyed Q&A with stars Kris Marshall and Rose Williams.
CBS Studios International presented its newest show The Moody, while
the screening of Keshet International's The Trial of Christine Keeler was followed by insights from the company's COO and president of distribution Keren Shahar.
Also from Israel, yes Studios announced season three of its successful series Fauda. It will premiere in December and is coming to Netflix in 2020.
The company's managing director Danna Stern presented the second season of its series Your Honor, which just sold to Bonnier Broadcasting in Sweden and Canal+ in Poland, and Showtime is currently producing the US remake of the show, starring Bryan Cranston.
“This alliance existed in the 1970s but in a different form. Today’s market landscape is changing very quickly. Co-production needs time, patience and trust. Also, our task is rather challenging because our project has to be successful in three different countries,” Zatta explained.
He also offered a glimpse of some of the Alliance’s projects and said: “Considering the public broadcasters’ role connected to democracy, we carefully think about which projects to focus on. For example, Cacciatore (The Hunter) is a new series about prosecuting the mafia in Italy made entirely by first-time writers.”
Dariusz Jablonski, producer, director, scriptwriter and CEO of Apple Film Productions, presented The Pleasure Principle, a co-production between Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. “We decided to film in original locations and to work with a different crew in every country. All three national broadcasters were rather open to the idea of cooperation. Producers should come together and broadcasters will follow the idea of coproduction”, Jablonski said.
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