Alumni

Serial Eyes Alumni Network – SEAN

The Serial Eyes Alumni Network (SEAN) was created in 2017 to promote its members’ shared vision on what makes great TV. SEAN wants to break away with the cliché of the lonely writer by encouraging its members to work in team.SEAN connects writers and producers through their respective networks and gives its members the visibility they need to start successful collaborations through their strong presence at all major TV markets and events. The network also aims at establishing itself as an international pole of TV series experts that contributes to conferences and workshops all around Europe.

So far, SEAN has been organizing one-on-one meetings between its members and producers, exclusive workshops for Serial Eyes alumni, special meetings with the industry and networking drinks.

For more information about SEAN, please contact: sean.serialeyes@gmail.com

Alumni 2018

Andrea Frischholz

Writer, German

A Munich-based scriptwriter, Andrea originally studied International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and went on to work in development cooperation. She eventually left development cooperation to work as assistant to the producers at Walker+Worm Film. In 2014/15 she was a participant of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München where she developed her debut …

Anthony Khaseria

Writer, British

Anthony is UK born but of Indo-Irish heritage, something that is perhaps reflected in his eclectic taste in stories and for mixing genres and ideas within his work. He is drawn to narratives that contain playful elements, unexpected, sometimes subversive twists and particularly enjoys high-concept Comedy-Drama, the Absurd, Magic Realism and Sci-Fi. He has won …

Cyril Deydier

Writer, French

Cyril is a scriptwriter and novelist based in Paris. He studied in Canada, Holland, Germany and Ireland before completing a script writing Master’s degree in Paris. Cyril has published several books for young adults and has written for the animation sector (as a screenwriter and a story editor). He is also developing original animated TV …

Eleonora Veninova

Writer, director, Macedonian

Eleonora graduated from California State University Northridge with MA in Screenwriting. After her studies, she moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked as a writer for a local production company before returning to Macedonia. She is the co-creator, writer and director of the TV Series Prespav and a writer for several other Macedonian TV …

Felice Götze

Writer, director, German

Felice Götze is a storyteller and filmmaker focussing on crime and gritty drama. He started his professional career as a journalist in the booming electronic music scene of the nineties. A brief stint in investment banking followed, before Felice came back to his senses and pursued a career in the film & TV industry. After …

Giulio Rizzo

Writer, Italian

Giulio Rizzo was born and raised in Genova, Italy. After high school he moved to Rome to attend the screenwriting course at the CSC – National Film School in Rome, where he graduated in 2014. Since then he has been writing for both features and television. Many of the projects he worked on have been …

Luisa Hardenberg

Writer, German

Luisa graduated as Producer from Filmuniversität Babelsberg. She then started working as a staff writer for Germany’s most watched daily drama series, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, where she became one of the story editors to run the writers’ room. Since then Luisa has worked in several writers’ rooms and she has written episodes for series …

Philipp Scherzer

Writer, German

Born in 1982, Philipp learned the nuts and bolts of TV production on the sets of various shows such as Die Rosenheim Cops and Doctor’s Diary. After completing his MA in Screenwriting at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, in 2012, he became a writer for the award-winning German daily series Dahoam is Dahoam, for which he …

Rosy Deacon

Writer, British

Rosy is from Leeds in the north of England. She studied Film & Television Production at the University of York and her script Shards won the 2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Competition at the International Emmys. She’s since worked in development at London-based Big Light Productions and as a script-reader for various initiatives, before …

Susannah Ward

Producer, director, writer, British

Susannah Ward is a producer-director of more than 40 hours of broadcast specialist factual television. She has made documentary films for all five terrestrial UK broadcasters as well as most major US networks. She specialises in drama documentary and is now developing more ambitious projects in this arena as well as pilot scripts for TV …

Valentina Shevyakhova

Writer, Russian

Valentina Shevyakhova has started her career in screenwriting at the age of 23 and since 2004 she has written for more than thirty TV shows for Russian and Ukrainian TV networks, many of them in the position of head writer. Her diverse experience embraces all variations of drama – including dramedy, family drama, crime and …

Yashar Alishenas

Writer, Swedish, Iranian

Yashar comes from a background in language teaching and writing/producing short films. His characters tend to become attached to goals they obsessively pursue to the detriment of everyone else, including themselves. Currently he also works as podcast dramaturg. Previously he studied philosophy, social sciences and literature in Heidelberg and Oxford.

Alumni 2017

Barbara Kronenberg

Writer, German

Barbara started her career as a software developer, holds a BA in Media Production and a screenwriting and directing diploma from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Barbara has written, directed and produced several shorts, which were screened internationally and received multiple awards and nominations. Besides series, she is currently developing a family entertainment comedy …

Béatrice Huber

Writer, Swiss

As a trained bookseller Béatrice always knew: it’s all about the story. She decided to combine her two passions, books and movies, and started writing for film. Béatrice holds a degree in screenwriting from the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). She has written, directed and produced award winning short films and is currently …

Bernardo Pellegrini

Writer, Italian

Bernardo Pellegrini was born and raised in Pisa, Italy. He got his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Florence University and studied media-dramaturgy at the National Film School in Rome, where he graduated in 2015. Since then he has co-developed a few tv projects for Italian production companies. In 2016 he joined the Non Uccidere writing room, …

Daniel Hendler

Writer, American

Daniel is an American writer based in Berlin. Before writing, he worked as a development executive in Los Angeles, where he produced the award-winning film Margin Call, and the non-award-winning film The Romantics. Since moving to Europe, Daniel has developed and written for series across European markets including France, Germany and the UK. He also …

Dean Movshovitz

Writer, Israeli

Dean Movshovitz is a screenwriter and author, known for his #1 Amazon bestseller Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films, which is taught in campuses worldwide. He has written episodes for Limon & Oli (Mart Agency/Disney Junior), and for Blackpills’ Writers’ Room in Tel Aviv, where he co-developed First Love, winner …

Harry Ayiotis

Writer, Cypriot

Harry has written and directed short films before he moved into television development. In 2017, as part of the Midpoint TV Launch programme, he co-developed the series The Midnight Shift, which won the Best Series Concept HBO Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Harry graduated from Serial Eyes  in 2018 and he is currently working …

Heidi Baletic

Writer, British

Heidi is a scriptwriter and a novelist based in the UK. She graduated in Dramaturgy at Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade and completed Text & Performance MA at King’s College & RADA, London. She was mentored by Nick Hornby on Guiding Lights film mentoring programme. Heidi has written for theatre, film &TV. She took …

Isaure Pisani-Ferry

Writer, French

Isaure studied Literature and History and wrote for short movies and Canal + series (Kaboul Kitchen) before joining Serial Eyes in 2017-2018. She is currently creating a show for Netflix with co-writer Benjamin Dupas.  

Ivan Knezevic

Writer, Serbian

Ivan is a screenwriter and film editor. He works in TV, animation and VR. As the winner of 2017’s HBO First Draft Competition, he’s currently developing the TV series The Island with HBO Europe, plus a whole lot of things he still can’t talk about.  

Janina Dahse

Writer, German

Janina is a great cook and believes that making a movie or a series is like cooking: it is all about the ingredients, experience and a perfect sense of timing, added to personal taste and creativity. Janina graduated from the Berlin School of Journalism as an Editorial Journalist in 1997 and holds a diploma in …

Samuel Jefferson

Writer, British

Freelance Emergency Medicine doctor turned Screenwriter. Graduate of MA Screenwriting at the London Film School, winner of the Bafta / Rocliffe Comedy Initiative 2015. TV series optioned and developed by ITV Studios, Zorba Group and H&V Entertainment. Several award-winning short films and two new projects in pre-production for filming in 2019.

Tali Barde

Writer, director, producer, German

Tali Barde is a writer, director and producer based in Cologne. His award-winning feature film debut, the no-budget teen thriller For No Eyes Only, was released in German cinemas in late 2014. In 2016 Tali was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. As well as developing several fictional drama series in Writers’ Rooms, he directs …

Alumni 2016

Anne-Marie Angelo

Writer, producer, Italian

Anne-Marie Angelo is an Italian-American writer-producer based in the UK. She has studied and worked in comedy with The Second City and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) and has consulted on historical content for ITV’s Grantchester. She has also appeared as a history and pop culture commentator on the BBC World News and the History …

Arne Ahrens

Writer, German

Arne Ahrens was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. He studied media-dramaturgy at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, USA. He has written, directed and edited almost a dozen award winning international short films before focusing on a screenwriting career in film and television. Several of his projects …

Camille Couasse

Writer, French

In 2012, Camille Couasse graduated with a Masters in Scriptwriting from the European Conservatory (CEEA, Paris). Since then, she’s written Fiction & Animation for TF1, France Television & M6: shows such as Nina, Season 3 & 4 (a one hour medical drama), Baskup, Robin Hood and 5&IT, amongst others. To date, Camille has had six …

Celine Decoox

Writer, French

Born and raised in Paris, Celine has studied scriptwriting, directing and acting in Paris, London and Cologne. Since graduating from Serial Eyes, she has been part of the Writers’ Room of Belgian thriller An Ordinary Citizen, working with British and Italian scriptwriters. One of her series projects also received an award at a French festival.

Davide Serino

Writer, Italian

Following Classical Studies and a Master’s Degree in Modern Literature, Davide attended the RAI-script class for screenwriting. His first professional experiences, which included the Sky original Period Drama 1992 and 1993.Since the end of Serial Eyes, he has been developing projects with companies such as Cattleya, Indiana, Lucky Red and the German H&V Entertainment. He …

Emily Rhodes

Writer, director, producer, British

Emily Rhodes’ nine years in the UK TV/film industry include credits as Producer’s Assistant to Kathy Kennedy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Director’s Assistant to Gary Foster/Russ Krasnoff, Denial and Executive Assistant to Jez Butterworth, Britannia. Emily graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in English & Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London. …

Juan Manuel Ortiz V.

Writer, director, Colombian

Juan Manuel Ortiz studied Film and TV at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and received a master degree from the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. He has been awarded grants by Filmstiftung NRW and Wim Wenders Foundation and was selected for the Séries Mania Writer’s Campus 2018. He has developed and written content for companies like …

Judit Anna Banhazi

Writer, Hungarian

A former storyliner on Hungary’s most watched TV series, by UFA Serial Drama, and stand-up comedian for Comedy Central Hungary, Judit attended Serial Eyes with a keen interest in both comedy and harder-to-digest genre shows, thrillers, horror, sci-fi, supernatural and young adult fiction. Having developed an extensive slate of over 15 projects during and after …

Marine Lachenaud

Writer, French

Marine graduated from the European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris). She has been working on a comedy series for French television and cartoons broadcast. She’s currently developing an animation picture with producers. The project was selected for the Cartoon Movie.  

Paolo Bernardelli

Writer, Italian

Paolo is a journalist and in the past five years he wrote a novel titled If tomorrow doesn’t exist, several award-winning web series, and he was co-writer of the film Zeta. He is currently working on other film projects and an experimental series for VR/Oculus.  

Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku

Writer, French

Ruddy is a French writer based in Paris. He studied screenwriting at Langara College. Back in France, Ruddy co-wrote and co-directed the documentary L’amour en Cité. At the end of the Serial Eyes programme, he was selected for a three-month TV-writing apprenticeship at Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Production where he could experience the Writers’ Room …

Storm Sigal-Battesti

Writer, director, actor, French, American, Swiss

After directing a short movie X or Y, Storm wrote his first feature film script Snowfall in Gaza, securing the nomination for the Sopadin Awards and winning the APCA Best Screenwriting Distinction. After Serial Eyes, Storm began developing multiple projects, notably KidZ, a period drama show with H&V Entertainment.  

Alumni 2015

Dennis Schanz

Writer and Producer, German

Born and raised in Berlin, Dennis studied film and American studies in Berlin, Zurich, Mainz, and Kansas (M.A.). He co-founded the Berlin-based production company StickUp Films. As a writer and director, he has made three short films.

Elena Lyubarskaya

Writer, creative producer, Russian

Elena Lyubarskaya is a TV screenwriter, based in Berlin, Germany. Elena writes in English and develops comedy shows and genre dramas. She has projects in development with German, Italian and French companies. Elena is a winner of VDD/ProSieben Development Award in 2016 and 2017, the CNC Writing grant for TV co-production and the Cannesseries Institute …

Gesa Schreibner

Writer, German

Gesa Scheibner is a screenwriter for TV and Cinema, based in Berlin. She studied Screenwriting at the dffb while working for German Daily Dramas. Her screenplay The Awakening of Sleeping Beauty won the prize for best screenplay at the Sehsüchte Filmvestival. Currently Gesa is working on movie projects for DCM Pictues and SamFlm GmbH and …

Julia Penner

Writer, German

After studying at the famed Acting School Ernst Busch in Berlin, Julia Penner worked as an actress internationally in France, Israel, Armenia and Chile. From 2012-2015 she studied screenwriting at the Dffb and was invited to Cannes in 2015 with the short movie Not Too Early Not Too Late with German films. Her debut script …

Kim Zimmermann

Writer, German

Kim Zimmermann studied screenwriting at the HFF Konrad-Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 2007 to 2012. During this time, she started working as a freelance screenwriter and script consultant. Besides writing several projects for the German television market, her focus is also on European projects. These include an EU-funded short film with European collaborators and work as …

Laura Grace

Writer, British

Laura is a Scottish writer based in Berlin. She currently has original drama series in development with Sky Atlantic, Sky Italia and Channel 4, and is part of the writers’ rooms for Sky Deutschland’s Das Boot (Seasons 1 & 2) and Sky Atlantic’s Intergalactic. Her script Darklands topped the inaugural TV Brit List in 2018. …

Maja Costa

Writer, Italian, German

Born and raised in Italy, Maja Costa is a multilingual writer/director based in Berlin. After studying Ancient Near Eastern Studies (MA) and Cello in Milan, she graduated in Screenwriting from the DFFB.  Since then she has collaborated in various roles with numerous European film productions and has worked as a writer in many German and …

Oliver Karan

Writer, German

Oliver Karan worked indevelopment for various production companies and as a script reader for Fox’s Event Series division in Los Angeles. His feature screenplay Tap Out is currently in development at Myriad Pictures. Oliver holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Pierre Puget

Writer, director, French

Pierre is a French writer and director based in Berlin. He worked for years as a broadcast TV director in Brussels before Serial Eyes. Pierre is developing movies and TV series for Germany, France, Belgium, and the UK. He also works as a script consultant and directs commercials. He loves entertaining stories that explore the …

Viktoria So Hee Alz

Writer, German

Born in South Korea and raised in Germany, Viktoria received her Master of Arts in Theater & Film Studies, English Literature and Musicology from the University of Cologne in 2011. In 2014, she graduated in Film Screenwriting from the ifs internationale filmschule köln/School of Media, Music and Performance, University of Salford/School of Arts and Media, …

Alumni 2014

The alumni of Serial Eyes 2014_15 built a creators collective of twelve young writers and producers called THE DIRTY DOZEN – please visit their website for all further information: dirtydozen.tv

Cécile Kiegel

Producer, French

Cécile began her career in documentary production. She moved to fiction in 2007 in the artistic production team of the soap Cinq Soeurs, broadcast on the first public channel in France. After initiating the fiction development department at Montparnasse Productions, she started working as a docu-fiction & fiction producer at Gedeon Programmes in 2012.

Daniela Baumgärtl

Writer, German

Daniela studied screenwriting at the HFF Konrad Wolf film school in Potsdam-Babelsberg and has worked as freelance scriptwriter since 2007. She has written and co-written feature films, TV series and short films that have screened at festivals (e.g. Berlinale) and won prizes such as the First Steps Award (for Dígame – Tell me) and nominations …

David Robert

Writer, French

After a career as a film editor, David graduated from European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris). He has been working on teen dramas and cartoons broadcast on French television. He’s  developed movies and TV series with producers. He also wrote and made two shorts films (Sous les étoiles, Soir de Fête). He received the …

Jana Burbach

Writer, German

Born in 1985, Jana completed a BA in Classics and English at Oxford University and an MA in Expanded Theatre at the HKB. After working in theatre as a director, performer and dramaturg, she decided to focus on scriptwriting and attended the Drehbuchwerkstatt München and Serial Eyes. She s now focused on working in a …

Jasper Marlow

Writer, British, Australian

Jasper Marlow is an award-winning Australian screenwriter and online producer based in Berlin. His has written for shows such as Home and Away (Southern Star) Fair City (RTE) and most recently Just Push Abuba (LUPA FILM/ZDF). He currently has multiple original projects in development across Europe.

Katerina Gerothanasi

Writer, Greek

Katerina graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Film Studies (BA) and University of Salford, Manchester (MA in Screenwriting). Since 2006 she has written and directed several short films which travelled to festivals and received awards, has participated in film workshops and has written three feature films, with a fourth one in progress jointly …

Korbinian Hamberger

Writer, German

Multiple years staff writer for award-winning TV series Dahoam is Dahoam; Hollywood experience through the Professional Program in Producing at University of California (UCLA); Twice ProSiebenSat.1 project competition winner out of over 800 competing submissions; 25,000 Euro script funding from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung for a movie project; Fluent in German and English; Book lover, sport enthusiast …

Maja Pek

Producer, Croatian

Maja Pek worked for various independent production companies in Croatia as an AP, line producer, script supervisor and executive producer until 2009, when she co-founded Antitalent, a production company based in Zagreb. At Antitalent Maja works as development producer and writer on films, TV series and TV formats. She has produced three short films and …

Michaela Strnad

Writer, creative producer, Slovakian

Michaela studied theatre dramaturgy at VŠMU (Slovakia), DAMU (Czech Republic) and scriptwriting at UCLA (Los Angeles).  In 2014 Michaela moved to Berlin to be part of the Serial Eyes programme. She works as a freelance writer and creative producer and currently has several projects in different stages (3 feature films in production and 3 TV …

Nikolaus Schulz-Dornburg

Writer, German

After studying in the UK (BA English Lit, Film & Theatre/Reading University and MA in Film/ TV production/ Bristol University) Nikolaus participated in several theatre productions at the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Burgtheater Vienna. From 2010 on he worked in script development at the Berlin-based production company X Filme Creative Pool GmbH before enrolling in …

Wiedeke Brünjes

Producer, German

Wiedeke always wanted to become a producer. He started as an intern at the German telenovela Rote Rosen and worked his way up to become Assistant Director. After attending a producing course at the Filmhaus Babelsberg he worked for X-Filme Creative Pool in the line production department.

Wiktor Piatkowski

Writer, producer, Polish

Wiktor Piątkowski created and co-wrote HBO’s first original series produced in Poland, Wataha. Over the last 10 years he has worked as showrunner, head writer, screenwriter and producer on various shows (crime series, soap opera, scripted reality, sitcom – more than 500 hours of TV produced) for companies from Germany, Austria, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, …

Alumni 2013

Alexander Lindh

Writer, German, Finnish, Swedish

Alexander Lindh, born in Helsinki in 1988, is half German, half Finland-Swede. After studying creative writing, cultural and media studies in Hildesheim, Germany, Alexander began to work as a staff writer for the daily drama series Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten. Since taking part in the Serial Eyes programme, Alexander co-created and wrote for NBC Germany’s …

Alexandre Manneville

Writer, French

After graduating from the l’ESAV film school, Alexandre writes for many animated series (Kaeloo for Canal+ – Kidscreen Award 2011) and serves as a head writer as well (Teen Crumpets – Pulcinella Award 2018). In 2016, he received development money from CNC for the mystery-period drama series Black Times, developed at Serial Eyes. He’s been …

Anna-Katharina Brehm

Producer, German

Anna Katharina Brehm is a German producer based in Munich. After graduating from the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), she worked as a commissioning editor for the ZDFand as a line producer for the University of Television and Film Munich. She is Commissioning Editor for German crime series SOKO Stuttgart and is producing …

George Angelov

Writer, Bulgarian

Georgi is a Bulgarian writer/director. Prior to Serial Eyes, he created a teen drama series “ESCAPE” for the Bulgarian National Television (still in development). RIght now he’s working on various different projects at differents stages of development: a crime drama series, called “Black Files”, again for BNT, a feature film called “FROM MUD”, and (at …

Heather Imani

Writer, British

Heather Imani has written for the BBC children’s television series “The Dumping Ground”. She was co-writer of the feature film “Milo”, which won awards at Giffoni Film Festival (Italy, 2012), Cinekid (Netherlands, 2012), Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (Greece, 2013), and three awards at the European Youth Film Festival (Antwerp, Belgium, …

Julia Széphelyi

Writer, Hungarian

Júlia Széphelyi graduated from the University of Drama and Film in Budapest as a screenwriter. She has worked for various production companies, including AZT-Média and Easy Explain as a writer and creative consultant, writing commercials and short animations. She developed web-series and a TV series concept for HBO as a co-author and writer.

Laurent Mercier

Writer, French

After graduating from the European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris) in 2010, Laurent worked for three years as a freelance writer for French TV broadcasters (drama, soap, comedy) while also working on independent movies and documentary projects. In 2014, he graduated from the first Serial Eyes programme. Since then, he has worked for several …

Ludovico Purgatori

Writer, director, Italian

Ludovico is an Italian-German writer and director. After graduating from the German School of Rome, he worked as assistant director for films and series such as Gomorrah, Sense8 and Suburra. For the past three years he has been working as script advisor, assistant and Second Unit Director for Stefano Sollima on Soldado, Campari (short film), …

Matthias Schmidt

Writer, director, German

After his graduation from school Matthias worked in various jobs for film and TV productions and also made his own films, some of them with a nationwide reception. From 2004 to 2010 he studied at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy, receiving a diploma for both a feature length screenplay (as writer) and a half-hour short film …

Sabrina Amerell

Writer, German

Sabrina has a background in foreign language translation and interpreting (English, Spanish, Economics). Prior to Serial Eyes, she worked as a storyliner and script editor for an award-winning primetime daily. Today, she is developing and co-writing multiple TV formats for the German and international market and has won several prestigious grants. As co-founder of transformStory, …

Sullivan Le Postec

Writer, French

For more than ten years, Sullivan Le Postec wrote about TV series as a journalist. He then began the transition to become a TV writer himself, penning episodes for Dernier Recours and TF1’s Falco. After graduating from Serial Eyes, Sullivan created and wrote Les Engagés, a character drama produced for France Télévisions digital series platform. …

Wiebke Esser

Producer, German

Wiebke holds a MA in Producing Film & TV from Bournemouth University. In the past she has worked for European independent productions in Berlin, Munich and London and as Coordinator for the Drama Series Days at the Berlinale Film Festival. Currently she is a producer at Sony Pictures Film und Fernsehproduktion in Cologne.