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Trusting the writer. Serial Eyes alumni report on their apprenticeship at Big Light Productions

Every year Big Light Pro­duc­tions (BLP), the pro­duc­tion com­pany headed by Frank Spot­nitz that is behind hit shows includ­ing The Man in the High Castle, Medici: Mas­ters of Florence, and most recently Leonardo, offers a three-month appren­tice­ship to one Seri­al Eyes par­ti­cipant. Since 2017 four lucky gradu­ates joined Frank and his team in Lon­don: Ruddy …

The DETECt Crime Series Webinar

Seri­al Eyes now offers a webin­ar on how to cre­ate crime series. This webin­ar is inten­ded for both begin­ning and advanced writers. In reg­u­lar weekly install­ments the Seri­al Eyes fac­ulty dis­cusses the fas­cin­a­tion of writ­ing crime and explains the main dram­at­ur­gic­al ele­ments that make up a good crime series. Epis­ode #1: Why We Watch Crime …

DETECt CRIME SERIES CONTEST – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Seri­al Eyes and DETECt are look­ing for the next great European crime series! We are look­ing for pro­pos­als for TV series in the crime genre for either broad­cast or stream­ing ser­vices. The pro­posed show should push the genre in unex­pec­ted ways, using crime nar­rat­ives to explore the rich­ness and com­plex­ity of European soci­ety. An inter­na­tion­al …

Big Light Productions Apprenticeship Recipient Announced

Big Light Pro­duc­tions, the inde­pend­ent pro­duc­tion com­pany behind high-end dra­mas The Man in the High Castle and the forth­com­ing Leonardo and led by showrun­ner Frank Spot­nitz, has announced the recip­i­ent of their annu­al writers’ appren­tice­ship.  Seri­al Eyes alumna Nadya Todorova from Bul­garia will join Big Light Pro­duc­tions for a paid two-month place­ment in the com­pany, …

Writing Young Wallandar Masterclass

Kurt Wal­lander is one of the most icon­ic char­ac­ters in con­tem­por­ary crime fic­tion. Hen­ning Mankell’s cre­ation has come to life in nov­els, fea­ture films and on tele­vi­sion and gathered a world­wide fan fol­low­ing. In Septem­ber 2020 the new TV series “Young Wal­lander” launched on Net­flix and reima­gined the Swedish detect­ive as a young police officer …

Apprenticeship at Big Light Productions, Season 3

Every year a gradu­ate of Seri­al Eyes is selec­ted for a three-month payed appren­tice­ship pos­i­tion at the UK branch of Frank Spotnitz’s com­pany. Last year’s lucky win­ner was Ele­onora Ven­inova, who told us about her exper­i­ence in Lon­don, her take-aways and gen­er­al obser­va­tions on the Brit­ish industry.  The biggest take-away from my appren­tice­ship at Big …

So why apply? Serial Eyes current participants share their programme insights

Giord­ana Mari, Italy Work­ing in writers’ rooms with authors from all over Europe widens your hori­zons. Writers’ rooms have their rules and you have to exper­i­ence them to learn how to use them. Being part of a writers’ room will give you a great chance to train the muscles of act­ive dia­logue, foster your capa­city …

Submissions’ Deadline Extended to 30 April, 2020

Seri­al Eyes, Europe’s premi­er post­gradu­ate train­ing pro­gramme for TV writers and pro­du­cers, is cur­rently accept­ing applic­a­tions for the new admis­sions cycle. Seri­al Eyes pre­pares the next gen­er­a­tion of European TV writers to cre­ate high-end, seri­al­ized storytelling and work in a writers’ room set­ting. Teach­ing staff include top European and Amer­ic­an showrun­ners, writers, exec­ut­ive pro­du­cers and com­mis­sion­ing edit­ors …