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 coöper­a­tion. She even­tu­ally left devel­op­ment coöper­a­tion 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, American, 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’ is a writer and pro­du­cer based between the UK and Ger­many. Fol­low­ing her gradu­ation from Seri­al Eyes in 2017, Emily relo­cated to Munich after being offered an in-house Writer and Devel­op­ment Exec­ut­ive pos­i­tion with­in the Inter­na­tion­al Co-Pro­­duc­­tions team at Bav­aria Fic­tion.  Dur­ing her two years at Bav­aria Fic­tion, Emily was involved in mul­tiple …

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 Mercier

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 Coördin­at­or for the Drama Series Days at the Ber­linale Film Fest­iv­al. Cur­rently she is a pro­du­cer at Sony Pic­tures Film und Fernsehproduk­tion in Cologne.