Faculty

The DFFB’s rich network of industry contacts has enabled SERIAL EYES to secure highly respected scriptwriters, producers, directors and commissioning editors as instructors and guest lecturers. Top US and European showrunners are invited to lead workshops drawing on their particular expertise, while master classes and hands-on modules concentrate on the scriptwriting process and other vital aspects of serial production – always with a practical focus.

Core Tutors

Luke Franklin

Development Producer (UK)

Luke has over a decade’s exper­i­ence as a script edit­or and devel­op­ment exec­ut­ive, hav­ing worked on dra­mas for ITV, Mam­moth Screen, Sky, and the BBC before join­ing Big Light in 2015 on The Man in the High Castle. Since March 2016, he has worked on script devel­op­ment and in the writers’ room of Ransom, a …

Ben Harris

Writer and Producer (UK)

Ben Har­ris is a writer and pro­du­cer with over ten years’ exper­i­ence in the industry. His writ­ing jobs include BBC One dra­mas The Mus­ket­eers, Hunted and The Para­dise, along­side his numer­ous ori­gin­al pro­jects in devel­op­ment with UK pro­duc­tion com­pan­ies. Ben began his career on Sky One’s award-win­n­ing cult drama Dream Team where, after three sea­sons …

Nicola Lusuardi

Writer (Italy)

Since 1990, Nic­ola Lusuardi has been work­ing as a play­wright for sev­er­al pro­duc­tion com­pan­ies and as a screen­writer, story edit­or and super­visor for tele­vi­sion net­works RAI, MEDIASET, SKY (In treat­ment Itali­an ver­sion, Barabba, Il segreto di Thomas, La Mon­aca di Monza). He also works as a script con­sult­ant and tutor at the Torino­­FilmLab-Inter­­change and Bien­nale …

Lucy Rawlinson

Script Editor, UK

Lucy is a freel­ance pro­duc­tion and devel­op­ment Script Edit­or. She began her career nearly a dec­ade ago work­ing for Shine TV on the hit fam­ily fantasy show MERLIN for BBC1. After a brief stint in com­edy, she then spent many years at Big Light Pro­duc­tions as a Script Edit­or on three sea­sons of the MEDICI …

Frank Spotnitz

Showrunner (USA)

Award-win­n­ing writer-pro­­du­cer Frank Spot­nitz began his 20+ year career with The X‑Files, serving as  exec­ut­ive pro­du­cer and writ­ing or co-writ­ing more than 40 epis­odes of the sem­in­al sci­ence-fic­­tion  series. Spot­nitz has been no less pro­lif­ic in recent years, cre­at­ing and exec­ut­ive pro­du­cing Amazon’s  award-win­n­ing The Man in the High Castle, now in its fourth sea­son. …

Cyril Tysz

Writer, Story editor, Producer (France/USA)

Born in Par­is, Cyril first stud­ied film­mak­ing at the Sor­bonne, then at UCLA. He then learnt hands-on pro­duc­tion on the sets of Tim Burton’s Edward Scis­sorhands and Laurence Kazdan’s pro­duced film Dizzi­ness. His career in screen­writ­ing and devel­op­ment began at com­pan­ies like Pan­dora, Arte, Canal Plus, Equi­noxe and Tele Images. After a few years as …

Instructors

Roberto Amoroso

Creative Director (Italy)

Under his cre­at­ive super­vi­sion, Sky has pro­duced sev­er­al tv-movies and tv-series, includ­ing “Romanzo Crim­inale”, a 22-part series that has been sold in over 60 coun­tries. He was at Sky since its launch in 2003, and has defined the iden­tity and the brand of the Cinema Chan­nels. Before that he has worked for Sund­ance Chan­nel in …

Jeffrey Bell

Showrunner (USA)

Jef­frey Bell is a showrun­ner, writer, dir­ect­or and exec­ut­ive pro­du­cer. He began his tele­vi­sion career writ­ing for The X‑Files. He was showrun­ner on sev­er­al net­work series includ­ing Ali­as and Day Break for ABC and Harper’s Island for CBS. He was co-cre­at­or and showrun­ner of the ABC-pro­­duced series The Pro­tect­or and a con­sult­ing pro­du­cer on the …

Jan Bennemann

VP Acquisitions & Co-Productions / Dynamic Television LLC

Fol­low­ing his stud­ies of Inter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ics at the Maastricht Uni­ver­sity, Jan Ben­nemann star­ted his career in TV as dram­at­urge and assist­ant dir­ect­or. In 2003 he went on to work as pro­du­cer and since then has pro­duced over 100 hours of seri­al­ized prime­time TV drama for the Ger­man and the inter­na­tion­al mar­ket. Work­ing for Ger­man prodco’s …

David Bianculli

TV critic, author, editor and columnist (USA)

Dav­id Bian­culli has been the TV crit­ic for Nation­al Pub­lic Radio’s Fresh Air, where he also appears as occa­sion­al guest host, since 1987. He has worked as a TV crit­ic for news­pa­pers in Flor­ida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, most recently for the New York Daily News from 1993–2007. Cur­rently, he is edit­or and colum­nist …

Olivier Bibas

Producer, CEO (France)

Olivi­er Bib­as is an exec­ut­ive pro­du­cer and Co-Man­a­ging Dir­ect­or of Atlantique Pro­duc­tions, a sub­si­di­ary of Lagardère Stu­di­os. Since 2011, he has over­seen devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of numer­ous inter­na­tion­al TV series, includ­ing Mid­night Sun, Bor­gia, Jo and Trans­port­er – The Series. He star­ted his career at CANAL+ in 1995 where he held vari­ous pos­i­tions in busi­ness …

Jimmy Desmarais

Producer (France)

After study­ing screen­writ­ing at the Con­ser­vatoire Européen d’Ecriture Audi­ovisuelle, Jimmy Des­marais star­ted up Haut et Court’s TV depart­ment where he pro­duced highly acclaimed shows includ­ing Xanadu, Silex and the City, Les Reven­ants (The Returned), and The Last Pan­thers. He joined Atlantique Pro­duc­tions in 2015.

Vegard S. Eriksen

Executive producer (Norway)

Vegard worked as Head of Drama for NRK dur­ing pro­duc­tion of the mini-series Eye­wit­ness (2014) and Struggle for Life.  Vegard is Cand. Philol. from the Uni­ver­sity of Trond­heim, but is also trained as a teach­er from his early years. His skills in TV drama and pro­duc­tion include work­ing as an edit­or in all genres, dir­ect­ing …

Ellis Freeman

Writer (UK)

Ellis is a screen­writer born in Lon­don and cur­rently liv­ing in Ber­lin where he is Head of Screen­writ­ing and Devel­op­ment at the DFFB. His screen­writ­ing cred­its include the fea­ture Princesa, which screened at Sund­ance and won best for­eign nar­rat­ive at the LA Out­fest, the com­edy fea­ture Janu­ary 2nd and the acclaimed short Com­ing Down. As …

Piodor Gustafsson

Producer (Sweden)

Piod­or Gust­afs­son has more than twenty-five years of exper­i­ence in film, TV and advert­ising. Since Septem­ber 2012, Piod­or has run his and Tomas Alfredson’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Anoth­er Park Film. Peter joined SVT in Octo­ber 2009 and was a mem­ber of the Pro­gram­ming Board until August 2012. At SVT he was Head of Pro­gram­ming and Com­mis­sion­ing …

Benjamin Harris

Head of Programme

Ben­jamin Har­ris is Head of Pro­gramme for Seri­al Eyes. As such, he is respons­ible for the cur­ricular and admin­is­trat­ive over­sight of the pro­gramme. Pri­or to that, Ben­jamin was the Assist­ant Dir­ect­or of the MFA Pro­du­cers Pro­gram in the UCLA School of Theat­er, Film and Tele­vi­sion for elev­en years. He is a TV writer and a …

Kirsten Ittershagen

Writer (Germany)

Kirsten Itter­sha­gen is a Ger­man TV writer-pro­­du­cer who pro­duces Ger­man and inter­na­tion­al TV series. In 2005 she star­ted her career as a staff writer at UFA Seri­al Drama (Grundy­UFA TV). She was the head writer of long-run­­n­ing TV series Unter Uns (Among Us), Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten (Good Times, Bad Times) and in 2013 was …

Dominique Jubin

Managing Director, Studiocanal Original (France)

Domi­n­ique gradu­ated from French lead­ing movie school LA FEMIS with a major in Screen­writ­ing. For ten years, she worked as Dir­ect­or of French Drama and Co-Pro­­duc­­tions at the Canal+ Créa­tion Ori­ginale (Ori­gin­al Pro­gram­ming) Depart­ment, where she played a pivotal role in their series’ devel­op­ment. In 2016, Domi­n­ique was appoin­ted Exec­ut­ive Cre­at­ive VP of Stu­di­ocanal TV …

Sarah Linton

Development Excecutive, UK

Sarah Lin­ton is a Devel­op­ment Exec­ut­ive at Kudos. Pri­or to this, Sarah worked as Script Edit­or on the first series of dra­mat­ic thrill­er Killing Eve. Pro­duced by Sid Gentle Films and writ­ten by Fleabag cre­at­or Phoebe Wall­er-Bridge for BBC Amer­ica. Pri­or to Killing Eve, Sarah script edited sev­er­al dra­mas includ­ing ITV’s The Hal­cy­on (Left Bank …

Steve Matthews

VP Executive Producer, Drama Development, HBO Europe

Steve was Con­sult­ing Pro­du­cer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s The Bor­gi­as for Show­time Net­works, and pro­duced four series of RTE’s award win­ning Dub­lin gang­ster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Devel­op­ment at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Pro­duc­tions. He worked as a script edit­or at the BBC on Silent Wit­ness and was co-cre­at­or …

Sonia Moyersoen

Writer, Story Editor (France)

Born in 1966, Sonia Moy­er­soen first com­pleted a law degree and stud­ied theatre before becom­ing an act­ress. Since 1994, she has developed around a hun­dred TV movies, in the capa­city of Head of Devel­op­ment at GMT Pro­duc­tions: includ­ing Monte-Cristo, Balzac, Les Mis­ér­ables, Aime ton père by Jac­ob Ber­ger. Since 2007, she has super­vised and acted …

Maggie Murphy

Co-head of Shaftesbury U.S., (USA)

Mag­gie Murphy is the Head of Shaft­es­bury U.S and focused on devel­op­ment for the U.S., Cana­dian and inter­na­tion­al mar­kets. Shaft­es­bury US has a dozen pro­jects cur­rently in devel­op­ment with pro­jects set up at the major net­works in the US, Canada, as well as the one-hour drama Houd­ini & Doyle, picked up to series for ITV …

Isabelle Pechou

Consultant (France/Denmark)

Isa­belle Péchou recently foun­ded The Drama Agency, based in Copen­ha­gen, Den­mark. The con­sultancy com­pany sets up co-pro­­duc­­tions on an inter­na­tion­al scale. The Drama Agency also scouts scrip­ted formats and ready-mades, and draws up fic­tion trends. Pri­or to this role, Isa­belle had worked in the media field since 1999. She gradu­ated from La Sor­bonne, Par­is and …

Mayte Kappel Rovira

Coach (German)

As a Ber­­lin-based coach, train­er and facil­it­at­or, Mayte is an expert in design­ing, plan­ning and sup­port­ing human devel­op­ment pro­cesses for groups and indi­vidu­als. Her work focusses on good col­lab­or­a­tion, lead­er­ship, col­lect­ive ideation and storytelling. Besides a uni­ver­sity degree in Fine Arts, Per­form­at­ive Arts, Philo­sophy and Cul­tur­al Man­age­ment, she holds cer­ti­fic­ates in Sys­tem­ic Coach­ing and Facil­it­at­ing …

Donna Sharpe

Writer (UK,Germany)

Donna Sharpe is co-writ­ing TROM, a Dan­ish political/crime thrill­er series (6 x 54 for Viaplay Nor­d­ic, ZDF and the BBC, sched­uled to shoot sum­mer 2020). Pri­or to his, she co-wrote all six epis­odes of Ber­­lin-set espi­on­age drama WEST OF LIBERTY (6 x 45 for ZDF and SVT, 2019), as well as the pilot for Sea­son 2 (in devel­op­ment). …

Johnathan Young

VP Original Production, HBO Central Europe

Johnath­an Young is a pro­du­cer and exec­ut­ive pro­du­cer with a long his­tory in the tele­vi­sion industry. He joined HBO Europe as an Exec­ut­ive Pro­du­cer in 2014, and was respons­ible for Mam­mon in the Czech Repub­lic and Pakt in Poland in 2015, and Pakt2 and Valea Muta in Romania in 2016. In Janu­ary 2017, he became …

Klaus Zimmermann

Managing Partner, Dynamic Television (Germany/ France)

Klaus Zimmermann’s career star­ted in 1993 at the Ger­man com­pany Kirch­Gruppe. For two years, he worked in Munich along­side the company’s Dir­ect­or of Pro­duc­tion and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Jan Mojto. He was suc­cess­ively in charge of mar­ket­ing, inter­na­tion­al dis­tri­bu­tion and inter­na­tion­al pro­duc­tions. In this capa­city, he par­ti­cip­ated in pro­duc­tion of anim­a­tion films, fea­ture films, tele­vi­sion series and …

Mentors

Piodor Gustafsson

Producer (Sweden)

Piod­or Gust­afs­son has more than twenty-five years of exper­i­ence in film, TV and advert­ising. Since Septem­ber 2012, Piod­or has run his and Tomas Alfredson’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Anoth­er Park Film. Peter joined SVT in Octo­ber 2009 and was a mem­ber of the Pro­gram­ming Board until August 2012. At SVT he was Head of Pro­gram­ming and Com­mis­sion­ing …

Hanno Hackfort

Writer, German

Han­no Hack­fort was born in Pader­born in 1970. After jobs as Assist­ent Dir­ect­or and musi­cian on sev­er­al theatre pro­duc­tions, he star­ted work­ing as Boomop­er­at­or and Sound Engin­eer on vari­ous TV and fea­ture films in Ger­many and abroad. At the same time, he star­ted dir­ect­ing his own short films and in 2002 he  shot his fea­ture …

Dominique Jubin

Managing Director, Studiocanal Original (France)

Domi­n­ique gradu­ated from French lead­ing movie school LA FEMIS with a major in Screen­writ­ing. For ten years, she worked as Dir­ect­or of French Drama and Co-Pro­­duc­­tions at the Canal+ Créa­tion Ori­ginale (Ori­gin­al Pro­gram­ming) Depart­ment, where she played a pivotal role in their series’ devel­op­ment. In 2016, Domi­n­ique was appoin­ted Exec­ut­ive Cre­at­ive VP of Stu­di­ocanal TV …

Bob Konrad

Writer, German

Bob Kon­rad was born in Heidel­berg in 1968 and stud­ied at the UdK Ber­lin. Since 1993 he has writ­ten and dir­ec­ted numer­ous radio plays, radio play series and radio com­edy for pub­lic broad­casters. He found his way to tele­vi­sion in 2000 through an anim­a­tion series. His first fea­ture film Bess­er als Schule fol­lowed. Since then …

Richard Kropf

Writer

Richard Kropf was born in West Ber­lin in 1979. He began his career as an act­or and trained at the Lee Stras­berg Insti­tute in New York before writ­ing the short film Bum Bum in 2005, which he co-dir­ec­ted with Mar­cus Schuster. Kropf then focused on screen­writ­ing and was co-head writer of the SAT1 series Der …

Sarah Linton

Development Excecutive, UK

Sarah Lin­ton is a Devel­op­ment Exec­ut­ive at Kudos. Pri­or to this, Sarah worked as Script Edit­or on the first series of dra­mat­ic thrill­er Killing Eve. Pro­duced by Sid Gentle Films and writ­ten by Fleabag cre­at­or Phoebe Wall­er-Bridge for BBC Amer­ica. Pri­or to Killing Eve, Sarah script edited sev­er­al dra­mas includ­ing ITV’s The Hal­cy­on (Left Bank …

Steve Matthews

VP Executive Producer, Drama Development, HBO Europe

Steve was Con­sult­ing Pro­du­cer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s The Bor­gi­as for Show­time Net­works, and pro­duced four series of RTE’s award win­ning Dub­lin gang­ster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Devel­op­ment at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Pro­duc­tions. He worked as a script edit­or at the BBC on Silent Wit­ness and was co-cre­at­or …

Donna Sharpe

Writer (UK,Germany)

Donna Sharpe is co-writ­ing TROM, a Dan­ish political/crime thrill­er series (6 x 54 for Viaplay Nor­d­ic, ZDF and the BBC, sched­uled to shoot sum­mer 2020). Pri­or to his, she co-wrote all six epis­odes of Ber­­lin-set espi­on­age drama WEST OF LIBERTY (6 x 45 for ZDF and SVT, 2019), as well as the pilot for Sea­son 2 (in devel­op­ment). …

Sabine Steyer-Violet

Writer, Producer (Germany)

Sabine Stey­er-Viol­­et is a screen­writer (Oth­er Par­ents, TNT Series) and cre­at­ive pro­du­cer (Unortho­dox, cre­ated by Anna Wing­er, Net­flix) and works some­times as a music super­visor (Bad Banks, ZDF/Arte) too. She stud­ied visu­al com­mu­nic­a­tion with Wim Wenders and Gerd Roscher at the Hoch­schule für bildende Kün­ste Ham­burg. She com­pleted a fea­ture length doc­u­ment­ary, vari­ous doc­u­ment­ary con­tri­bu­tions for Arte, 3sat and ZDF …

Anna Winger

Showrunner (USA, Germany)

Anna Wing­er is the cre­at­or of the acclaimed TV series  Deutsch­land 83 and Deutsch­land 86. Her nov­el This Must Be the Place is pub­lished by River­head Pen­guin.Her essays have appeared in The NewYork Times Magazine, Con­dé Nast Trav­el­er and the Frank­furter Allge­meine Zei­tung. Her work for Deutsch­land 83 has been awar­ded with an Inter­na­tion­al Emmy …

Ben Worsfield

Producer, Comedy Central (UK)

Ben is an award-win­n­ing Devel­op­ment Pro­du­cer and Broad­cast Hot­shot, spe­cial­ising in scrip­ted TV and Radio com­edy shows for the UK and Inter­na­tion­al mar­kets. He has a strong track record of devel­op­ing, script edit­ing and pro­du­cing high qual­ity com­edy and drama with emer­ging and estab­lished tal­ent. He cur­rently works at Com­edy Cent­ral, and pri­or to that …

Klaus Zimmermann

Managing Partner, Dynamic Television (Germany/ France)

Klaus Zimmermann’s career star­ted in 1993 at the Ger­man com­pany Kirch­Gruppe. For two years, he worked in Munich along­side the company’s Dir­ect­or of Pro­duc­tion and Dis­tri­bu­tion, Jan Mojto. He was suc­cess­ively in charge of mar­ket­ing, inter­na­tion­al dis­tri­bu­tion and inter­na­tion­al pro­duc­tions. In this capa­city, he par­ti­cip­ated in pro­duc­tion of anim­a­tion films, fea­ture films, tele­vi­sion series and …

Special Guest Speakers

Sven Clausen

Producer (Denmark)

As Exec­ut­ive Pro­du­cer with DR TV (Dan­ish Broad­cast­ing Corp.) Sven Clausen became a three time Emmy win­ner for the drama series Unit One (2002), The Eagle (2005), and The Pro­tect­ors (2009). After retir­ing as pro­du­cer Sven worked through­out 2013 as Head of Fic­tion at the com­mer­cial Dan­ish TV2 and is now a con­sult­ant with major …

Channing Dungey

Ms. Chan­ning Dun­gey has been Pres­id­ent of ABC Prime­time Enter­tain­ment since Feb­ru­ary 17, 2016. Ms. Dun­gey served as Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent of Drama at ABC Prime­time Enter­tain­ment since June 2009. She served as Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent of Drama Devel­op­ment at Touch­stone Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tions, LLC (formerly ABC Tele­vi­sion Stu­dio) and also served as its Vice Pres­id­ent …

Tom Fontana

Writer and Producer (USA)

Tom Fontana has writ­ten and pro­duced such ground break­ing tele­vi­sion series as St. Else­where, Hom­icide: Life On The Street, Oz, The Phil­an­throp­ist, and Cop­per. He recently fin­ished film­ing Bor­gia for Net­flix and Canal+. He has received, among oth­ers, three Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers’ Guild Awards, four Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics Asso­ci­ation Awards, the Cable …

Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Writer (Denmark)

Win­ner of the BAFTA for Best Inter­na­tion­al Series, 2012 Jeppe Gjer­vig Gram was born 1976 in Odense, Den­mark. After uni­ver­sity stud­ies, he worked for 6 years as a drama series con­sult­ant for Dan­ish net­work TV 2, deal­ing with acquis­i­tion of inter­na­tion­al series as well as com­mis­sion­ing of ori­gin­al Dan­ish series, before enrolling in the screen­writ­ing …

Jed Mercurio

Writer (UK)

Jed Mer­curio is one of the few UK script-writers to work as an Amer­­ic­an-style showrun­ner. His most recent cred­it, Line of Duty, is the most watched BBC2 drama series in the mul­tichan­nel era. His oth­er cred­its include Lady Chatterley’s Lov­er, Crit­ic­al, Strike Back, Bod­ies, The Grim­leys, Invasion:Earth and Car­di­ac Arrest. Line of Duty and Bod­ies …

Abi Morgan

Writer (UK)

  Abi Morgan’s plays include SKINNED and SLEEPING AROUND (Paines Plough); TINY DYNAMITE (Tra­verse); TENDER (Hamp­stead); SPLENDOUR and FUGEE (Nation­al Theatre), LOVESONG (Frantic Assembly) and 27 (NTS) and The MISTRESS CONTRACT (Roy­al Court) . Her tele­vi­sion work includes MY FRAGILE HEART, MURDER, SEX TRAFFIC, TSUNAMI – THE AFTERMATH, WHITE GIRL, ROYAL WEDDING, BIRDSONG and THE …