Berlin's CoPro Series Event to Include Pitch From 'Tomb Raider' Director
Eight new television drama projects will be shopping for international partners at the annual event held during the Berlin film festival.
A Norwegian detective show directed by Tomb Raider helmer Roar Uthaug and a Dutch drama from the creator of award-winning series Black Widow are among the hot projects picked this year for Berlin's CoPro Series Pitches session.
The event, held during the Berlin International Film Festival, will see creators pitch eight new drama series to producers, commissioning editors and potential financiers.
Uthaug, whose reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, starring Alicia Vikander, hits theaters in March, is attached to direct Norwegian series Fury from showrunner Gjermund S. Eriksen, whose credits include International Emmy winner Mammon and HBO Europe's acclaimed The Pact. The new project features two detectives going undercover to infiltrate a European network of right-wing extremists.
In a Heartbeat, the latest project from Israeli TV writers Shani Melamed Nitzan and Gaya Wildman, follows two unusual women linked by a fateful heart transplant.
Other projects pitching this year include Irish crime series Costigan, German noir Henkersbach from director Dominik Graf (In Face of the Crime) and Icelandic drama Black Port.
Dutch series The Faction, the latest from Black Widow creator Oscar van Woensel, will be presented in cooperation with France's Series Mania television festival. In return, one of the other seven projects pitching at CoPro Series will get a chance to present at Series Mania in April.
The CoPro Series will be held Feb. 21 at the conclusion of the Berlin festival's Drama Series Days, which runs Feb. 19-21. Now in its fourth year, CoPro Series has featured projects including Tom Tykwer's German period drama Babylon Berlin and Norwegian thriller Valkyrien, created by Erik Richter Strand.
Check out the full list of series to be pitched, below.
CoPro Series 2018
Writers: Judith Angerbauer, Matthias Luthardt; Director: Matthias Luthardt
Producer: Akzente Film und Fernsehproduktion, Germany
Writers: Edgar Medina, Guilherme Mendonca; Director: Ivo M. Ferreira
Producer: Arquipelago Filmes, Portugal
In a Heartbeat
Writers: Shani Melamed Nitzan, Gaya Wildman
Producer: Black Sheep Film Productions, Israel
Writers: Friedrich Ani, Ina Jung; Director: Dominik Graf
Producer: Cinecentrum Berlin Film und Fernsehproduktion, Germany
Showrunner: Gjermund S. Eriksen; Director: Roar Uthaug
Producer: Monster Scripted, Norway
Writer: Gary Duggan; Director: Neasa Hardiman (TBC)
Producer: Shinawil & Against the Grain, Ireland
Writer: Mikael Torfason; Directors: Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Producer: Vesturport, Iceland
The Faction (In cooperation with Series Mania)
Writer: Oscar van Woensel
Producer: Submarine, Netherlands