Berlin: European Film Market Expands TV Focus


New series projects from 'Misfits' director Alex Garcia Lopez and 'Reconstruction' helmer Christoffer Boe will be among those looking for production and financing partners at Berlin's Drama Series Days.

Berlin's European Film Market is expanding its focus on television production, adding a third day to its small-screen segment, the so-called Drama Series Days, which will run Feb.1315 at a new venue, the Zoo Palast cinema in western Berlin.

The Drama Series Days initiative will include a series of conferences, panel discussions and market screenings focused on the latest trends in the financing, production and distribution of high-end TV drama.

Berlin has invited the creatives behind six series currently in development to pitch their projects to prospective financiers and co-production partners as part of the CoPro Series section of the event, to be held Feb.15.

The series include Cognition, a crime thriller created by Alex Garcia Lopez, whose TV directing credits include cult series Utopia and Misfits; Freud, a German-language project in which the titular hero uses his psychoanalytic skills to catch a serial killer; Metro, an historic French drama from the team behind critical hit Trepalium; the Norwegian project State of Happiness, focused on a small Norwegian city caught up in an oil boom; the horror mystery project Hausen, set in a rundown high-rise estate in Bulgaria: and the Belgian crime series Omerta. One of the six series will be picked to attend the Series Mania festival in Paris in April.

One of last year's Series Mania hits, the Danish drama Warrior, directed by filmmaker Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction, Everything Will be Fine), will also be part of Berlin's Drama Series Days.

Overall, 20 new completed series from industry heavyweights such as StudioCanal, eOne, Red Arrow, Global Screen, Keshet and ITV will screen to potential buyers in Berlin as part of the event.

The European Film Market takes place during the Berlin Film Festival, which will again hold its Berlinale Special Series, a TV-focused sidebar featuring gala screenings of of a number of handpicked television dramas.

The full Drama Series Days program will be published on Jan.31. The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 9-19.