Ready, set, go! On September 2 our new twelve participants arrived at the DFFB for their nine-month training. This year’s class hails from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, and the UK and boasts impressive working credits with many European broadcasters.

During their tenure , the participants will work on the story ideas for their primary project. Guided by core tutors Nicola Lusuardi, Cyril Tysz, Luke Franklin, Ben Harris and veteran showrunner Frank Sportnitz, participants will develop their original TV series that will grow into a series pitch and pilot script by the end of the program.

The participants will also be working on group projects again. As in previous years, they learn to work within a team environment and respond to a creative brief from an industry partner. This year the assignment will be to develop a crime series project – inspired by our DETECt project – for traditional broadcast. The participants will visit RTL in Cologne in April and pitch their series ideas to Head of Fiction Philipp Steffens and his team.

We are very curious to see what exciting series will come from this year’s group of storytellers. Interested in the new writers? More information here.