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BERLINALE 2023 EFM

The Berlinale Series Market unveils its selection

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- The market features a slate of discussions focusing on the current trends in series, while the Berlinale Series Market Selects label returns with 16 shows under the spotlight

The Berlinale Series Market unveils its selection
1985 by Wouter Bouvijn (© Eyeworks Film & TV Drama)

For its ninth edition, the Berlinale Series Market returns to the Potsdamer Platz as part of the European Film Market (EFM), from 20-22 February. The professionals present, including buyers, creatives, industry experts and content traders, will be able to attend all of the key locations (all within walking distance of each other) in person. More precisely, the conferences will be held at the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion and Reconciliation, the screenings and showcases at CinemaxX, and the industry panels at Gropius Bau. As in previous years, the programme includes talks, showcases by international and national production companies, and market screenings. Also, under the Berlinale Series Market Selects label, a carefully curated selection of high-quality series being traded at the market will be showcased.

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EFM director Dennis Ruh underlines: “After several years in the Zoo Palast and two years in a virtual format, I am delighted to see the return of the Berlinale Series Market as an in-person programme at the heart of the market’s infrastructure at Potsdamer Platz. Since many companies that used to exclusively handle film rights have now added high-quality serial content to their portfolios, and the strict separation of the past has dissolved as a result, we are combining both worlds in one location to structure the market experience even better. Once again, there is a wide and varied spectrum of topics and international projects to discover in the series sector, which will be presented in talk formats and showcases, as well as in the series screenings.”

In line with this year’s EFM Industry Sessions theme, “Shift Happens”, the Berlinale Series Market will explore the changes in the industry along with future-orientated topics and trends in the world of series. Furthermore, the Baltic States as “Country in Focus” partners will provide insights into current content, as well as both national and international (co-)production conditions.

The Berlinale Series Market will open with the “Adapting to the Market” session, where data analysis company Ampere Analysis will provide a global overview of the industry. The panel will then discuss the role of global distributors and the ways they are responding to changing market conditions. “Entrepreneurial Showrunners: The Future of Creative” will shed further light on the new trend of creatives working collectively by founding their own companies to maintain greater control over their content.

David Bernad, producer of the HBO series The White Lotus, will offer an exclusive look at his work on the hit show. Ron Ninio, co-creator and showrunner of the Israeli series Kvodo, the original that spawned the US version Your Honor, is set to reveal how a series format from a comparatively small market can achieve huge international success through adaptation. Also, the panel “Quo Vadis Docu Series” will be examining the currently popular docu-series format.

Regarding the showcases, “Up Next: Germany” presents current and upcoming series projects from the titular country, including the geopolitical thriller about Alfred Herrhausen, Herrhausen - Der Herr des Geldes, the coming-of-age mystery story Feelings, the historical German-Swiss co-production Davos and the investigative documentary Juan Carlos.

Finally, for the third year running, Berlinale Series Market Selects is presenting 16 shows hailing from five continents. Here are the titles taking part in Berlinale Series Market Selects 2022:

1985
Creator: Willem Wallyn
Showrunners: Peter Bouckaert, Gunter Schmid
Director: Wouter Bouvijn
Production company: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama (Belgium)
Broadcasters: VRT, RTBF
World sales: StudioCanal

About Antoine
Creator: Cathleen Rouleau
Director: Podz
Production company: ComediHa! (Canada)
Broadcasters: Club illico, TVA (Quebecor)
World sales: ComediHa! Distribution

The Ark
Creators/showrunners: Dean Devlin, Jonathan Glassner
Directors: Dean Devlin, Milan Todorović
Production companies: Electric Entertainment, Balkanic Media (USA/Serbia)
Broadcaster: NBCUniversal
World sales: Electric Entertainment

Brown
Creators: Suri Gopalan, Abheek Barua
Director: Abhinay Deo
Production company, world sales: Zee Studios (India)

Cuba Libre
Creator/showrunner/director: Henrique Oliveira
Production company: Hop! Films (Portugal)
Broadcaster: RTP
World sales: Keshet International

Cursed Poems
Creators: Paula del Fierro, Enrique Videla, Miguel Angel Rodríguez
Showrunner: Juan Ignacio Sabatini
Directors: Pepa San Martin, Juan Ignacio Sabatini
Production company: Villano (Chile)
World sales: Mega Global Entertainment

Dome 16
Creator/director: Thomas Seeberg Torjussen
Production company: Tordenfilm Norway (Norway)
Broadcaster: NRK
World sales: Global Screen

Donkerbos
Creator/director: Nico Scheepers
Production company: Nagvlug Films (South Africa)
Broadcasters: Multichoice/Showmax
World sales: Multichoice

The Fall
Director: Bojan Vuletić
Production company/world sales: Firefly Productions (Serbia)
Broadcaster: Superstar TV

Nordland 99
Creator/director: Kasper Møller Rask
Showrunners: Iben Søtang, Anni Faurbye Fernandez
Production company: Nevis Productions (Denmark)
Broadcaster: DR
World sales: DR Sales

Out of Touch
Creator: Mikael Ljung
Showrunners: Lina Åström, Marja Nyberg
Director: Lina Åström
Production company: Breakable Films (Sweden)
Broadcaster: C More
World sales: REinvent International Sales

Snow
Creator: Michaela Taschek
Presented by: Barbara Albert
Directors: Catalina Molina, Esther Rauch
Production companies: Primary Pictures, in co-production with X-Filme Production, in collaboration with Beta Film and Mestiere Cinema, in co-production with ORF, BR, NDR, in collaboration with ARTE (Austria/Germany)
Broadcasters: ORF, BR, NDR, ARTE
World sales: Beta Film

Traitor
Creator/director: Asaph Polonsky
Showrunners: Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem
Production company: WestEnd Films (Israel)
Broadcaster: HOT
World sales: WestEnd Films

Troll Farm
Creators: Domantė Urmonaitė, Martynas Mendelis, Gabija Siurbytė, Ernestas Jankauskas
Showrunner: Gabija Siurbytė
Director: Ernestas Jankauskas
Production company: Dansu Films (Lithuania)
Broadcasters: Lithuanian National Television and Radio, TeliaPlay+
World sales: Dansu Films

Two Sides of the Abyss
Creator: Kristin Derfler
Director: Anno Saul
Production company: Warner Bros ITVP Germany (Germany)
Broadcasters: RTL+, Warner TV Serie, HBO Max

The Way Home
Creators: Marly Reed, Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke
Showrunners: Heather Conkie, Alexandra Clarke
Directors: Grant Harvey, Nimisha Mukerji, Shamim Sharif, Norma Bailey
Production companies: Hallmark Media, Neshama Entertainment, in association with MarVista Entertainment (USA/Canada)
Broadcaster: Hallmark Channel
World sales: Hallmark Media

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