Participants

Alumni 2017

Harry Ayiotis

Writer (Cypriot)

Harry Ayiotis was born in the island of Cyprus. He earned a Law degree from the University of Southampton in the UK. Soon after he moved to New York City, where he worked in the Indie filmmaking scene as an assistant to producer and cinematographer. He has written and directed short films. He’s currently developing …

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 …

Tali Barde

Writer (German)

Tali is a writer, director and producer based in Cologne, Germany. He began shooting his first feature film “For No Eyes Only” as an autodidact at the age of 20. The finished thriller has won him multiple awards and was released in German cinemas in late 2014. Tali founded a Writers Room for the drama series …

Janina Dahse

Writer (German)

  Janina is a great cook and holds the believe 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 the personal taste and creativity. Janina graduated from the Berlin School of Journalism as an Editorial Journalist in 1997 …

Daniel Hendler

Writer (American)

Daniel began his career as a development executive for Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, before moving to Benaroya Pictures where he produced the films Margin Call, Lawless and The Romantics. Since moving to Vienna in 2013, Daniel has developed scripted series for companies in the US, France, Germany and Austria. Despite being American, Daniel has …

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 …

Samuel Jefferson

Writer (British)

UK born and raised, Samuel originally studied Medicine and worked as a full-time doctor for two years.  During his medical training Samuel wrote several award-winning one act plays, and he eventually left full-time work to attend the London Film School in order to complete an MA in Screenwriting.  Since graduating from the LFS Samuel has …

Ivan Knezevic

Writer (Serbian)

Ivan is a film editor and screenwriter based in Serbia. 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.  

Barbara Kronenberg

Writer (Germany)

  Barbara Kronenberg was born and raised in the German Ruhr area. She studied screenwriting and directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has written, directed and produced several short films, among others the award-winning comedy “The Ballad of Ella Plummhoff“, which was shown at numerous international film festivals. For her current project, …

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”. He has written episodes for “Limon & Oli”, broadcast by Disney Junior in over a hundred countries, and was part of the French company Blackpills’ writer’s room in Tel Aviv, where …

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, …

Isaure Pisani-Ferry

Writer (French)

Isaure studied Literature (Sorbonne) and History (EHESS) and cut her teeth working as a writer for radio shows before receiving a grant that allowed her to turn to screenwriting. Since 2014, she’s been developing tv series both alone and with co-authors (Frédéric Krivine, Vincent Poymiro), and joined the writers’ rooms of Canal+ and Netflix series. …

Alumni 2016

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 …

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 …

Judit Anna Banhazi

Writer (Hungarian)

Judit landed her first television writer job as a storyliner for Hungary’s most watched daily serial drama in the beginning of 2015, she aIso writes full screenplays for the show. In 2013, she was a participant at European Short Pitch with her short film script ‘Ballad’. She has a special interest in sitcoms/stand-up comedy, she …

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.  

Camille Couasse

Screenwriter (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. She has been working on documentaries (The New Explorers for Canal Plus, Revolution Is In The Hair for Arte) and she has written and directed a few short movies. She is currently developing several TV series and digital …

Ruddy-Williams Kabuiku

Writer (French)

Ruddy graduated from the University Charles de Gaulle Lille 3 in Arts Media and Communication (BA). He then settled in Canada where he studied screenwriting at Langara College. Back in France, Ruddy co-wrote and co-directed the documentary “L’amour en Cité”. He also co-authored a feature film. Currently, he’s developing TV& web series for various production …

Marine Lachenaud

Writer (French)

Marine graduated from European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris). For the past four years, 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 has been selected for the Cartoon Movie last year.  

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. …

Davide Serino

Writer (Italian)

After Classical Studies and a Master’s Degree in Modern Literature, Davide attended the RAI-script class for Screenwriting. Among the most recent experiences, he is part of the SKY original TV series “1992” and “1993” Writers’ Room and he has written three episodes of the RAI TV series “Donne” from short stories by Andrea Camilleri.  

Storm Sigal-Battesti

Writer/Director/Actor (French)

Born in France, but acquired Swiss and American citizenship, Storm has spent the better part of his childhood abroad. Since writing and directing his first short-movie “X or Y”, he has written his first full length-film “Snowfall in Gaza” that awarded him the APCA Best Screenwriting Distinction and was nominated to the Sopadin Awards.  

Juan Manuel Ortiz V.

Writer/Director (Colombian)

Juan Manuel Ortiz V. studied film and TV at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and received a master degree from the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. He has written and shot several short films and has developed and shot content for TV. In 2014 Juan founded the Writers Room Lagerfeuer, which was awarded a grant by …

Alumni 2015

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 at the ifs internationale filmschule köln/School of Media, Music and Performance, University of Salford/School of Arts and Media, …

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 at 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 …

Laura Grace

Writer (UK)

Laura is a Scottish writer based in Berlin and London. She currently has original drama series in development with Sky Italia, Channel 4 and HBO Nordic. She is also writing an episode for Sky Deutschland’s new TV version of DAS BOOT and has original projects with a number of independent production companies, including Kudos, Dynamic …

Oliver Karan

Writer (German)

Oliver Karan has spent the last 4 years in Los Angeles, where he worked in development for various production companies and as a script reader for Fox’s Event Series division. 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 …

Elena Lyubarskaya

Writer/Creative producer (Russian)

Elena is based in Berlin and writes in English and Russian. After writing a teen dramedy “Barvikha” (TNT, 2011) and crime drama “Chtest” (TV3, 2015), she has moved to Germany. In 2017, she has won the German Writer’s Guild/Pro Sieben Sat 1. development funding competition with political thriller “The Whistleblowers”. She is also currently developing …

Julia Penner

Writer (German)

After studying at the famed Acting School Ernst Busch in Berlin, Julia Penner worked as an actress in the theatres like the Schauspielfrankfurt. She also worked internationally in France, Israel, Armenia and Chile. From 2012-2015 she studied at the Dffb screenwriting and got invited with the short movie “Not to early not too late” with …

Pierre Puget

writer/director (French)

Pierre is a French writer and director based in Berlin. He graduated in 2006 from the IAD film school in Belgium. He worked as a broadcast TV director in Brussels for 10 years, directing many factual and entertainment shows, commercials, opening titles, CGI, … In 2013, he developed for RTBF a sci-fi show, “Invisibles”. Pierre …

Dennis Schanz

Writer/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 made three short films. As a creative producer, he is currently finishing up StickUp’s second feature film “Fado”. http://www.felix-bloch-erben-agentur.de/auswahl.php?kategorie=drehbuchautor&id=116

Gesa Schreibner

Writer (German)

Gesa Scheibner was born in Hamburg, Germany. Shortly after finishing high school, Gesa joined the writers room of the daily drama series „Unter Uns“. Afterwards she worked as a writer for four more Daily Drama productions (Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, Alles Was Zählt, Verbotene Liebe, Sturm der Liebe). In addition to that Gesa studied screenwriting …

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. Amongst those are a EU-funded short film with European collaborators and being …

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

Daniela Baumgärtl

Writer (German)

After studying at the theatre, film and media department of Vienna University, Daniela studied screenwriting at the „HFF Konrad Wolf“ in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 2007 to 2012 and worked as a freelance scriptwriter and script consultant for cinema, television films and series since 2007. Her films were screened at festivals like the Berlin International Film Festival …

Wiedeke Brünjes

Producer (German)

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

Jana Burbach

Writer (German)

Jana Burbach studied Classics and English at the University of Oxford and Scenic Arts Practice at the Bern University of the Arts. She works as a freelance writer and dramaturg for theatre and film and was the showrunner of the Swiss-German cross-media project “Der Polder”. In 2013/14 she was a participant of the 25th Drehbuchwerkstatt …

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 in festivals and received awards, she has participated in film workshops and has written three feature films and a fourth one in progress …

Korbinian Hamberger

Writer (German)

While studying business administration at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Korbinian was writing for a number of afternoon TV shows as a side job and at the same time he took several script writing classes (University of Cologne, Metro Screen Sydney, TV Academy Berlin). After graduating, he quickly became a staff writer and moved …

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. She …

Jasper Marlow

Writer (British)

Jasper Marlow is an award winning screenwriter and producer. His debut short-film ‘Reception’ won Best Thriller at the Hollywood International Student Film Festival and he is regular writer for the Australian drama ‘Home and Away’. Jasper has been hired by RTÉ to work as a script editor on Ireland’s most popular show “Fair City”. He …

Maja Pek

Producer (Croatian)

Maja graduated philosophy and religious science at University of Zagreb and worked for independent production companies in Croatia on several positions in the last ten years, from production assistant, script supervisor, line producer to executive producer. Currently she is working in her own company, Antitalent Production, on development of TV series and motion pictures.

Wiktor Piatkowski

Writer/Producer (Polish)

Wiktor created and co-wrote “The Pack” (the first original series produced by HBO in Poland). He has worked for various TV channels in Poland as a head writer, writer and creative producer. His first independent documentary is currently in production. Wiktor graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw University (psychology), the Polish National Film …

David Robert

Screenwriter (French)

After a career as a film editor, David has been graduated from European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris). For the past four years, he has been working on teen dramas and cartoons broadcast on French television. He’s currently developing movies and Tv series with producers. He also wrote and made two shorts films (“Sous …

Nikolaus Schulz-Dornburg

Writer (German)

Born in Munich, Nikolaus has studied film, theatre and literature at the Universities of Reading (BA) and Bristol (MA). He made a short film and participated in several productions at the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Burgtheater Wien. From 2010 on, Nikolaus has worked in script development at X Filme Creative Pool GmbH in Berlin.

Michaela Strnad

Writer/Creative Producer (Slovak)

Michaela studied film and theatre. She is one of the authors of the dramedy TV Series “The Perfect World” for TV NOVA (2010, CME Group). Her feature film debut called “Almighty Jerk” is currently in pre-production. Her Slovak adaptation of a Dutch series “Penoza” is just being aired in TV JoJ under the title “Widow”. …

Alumni 2013

Sabrina Amerell

Writer (German)

Sabrina is a German writer, based in Berlin. She studied foreign language translation and interpreting (English, Spanish) in Munich. Prior to Serial Eyes, she worked as a script editor for the successful primetime daily “Dahoam is Dahoam”. She has continued to write numerous episodes for the same production since 2014 and is developing TV concepts …

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 …

Anna-Katharina Brehm

Producer (German)

Anna Katharina Brehm is a German producer based in Munich. After her graduation from the University for Film and Television Munich (HFF) she worked as commissioning editor for the Second German Television (ZDF) and as line producer for the University of Television and Film Munich. She is Head of Professional Days at SERIENCAMP festival in …

Wiebke Esser

Producer (German)

Wiebke studied Media Management in Cologne and holds a MA in Producing Film & TV from Bournemouth University. She has worked for European Independent productions in Berlin, Munich and London as well as the WDR. Currently she is working as Coordinator for the Drama Series Days at the European Film Market and the Berlinale Co-Produciton …

Heather Imani

Film & TV Writer/Short Fiction Author (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, …

Alexander Lindh

Screenwriter (German/Finnish/Swedish)

Alexander is half German, half Finland Swede and lives in Berlin. After studying creative writing, cultural and media studies in Hildesheim, he started his career in 2011 working as a staff writer for the daily drama series “Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten”. After attending Serial Eyes, Alexander worked as head writer for the second season of …

Alexandre Manneville

Writer (French)

Since graduating from l’ESAV in 2008, Alexandre wrote for several animated series, mostly for Canal+ (like « Kaeloo » – Kidscreen Award 2011). He left for Berlin and the Serial Eyes program, to learn how to work in the writers’ room. Back in France, he took a position of “script coordinator” on an animated series (52×12′ – …

Laurent Mercier

Writer (French)

After graduating from the European Conservatory of Script Writing (CEEA, Paris), Laurent worked for the last five years as a freelance writer for French TV broadcasters (dramas, soap and comedy) while also working on independent movies and documentary projects. In 2013, he participated in Serial Eyes (Berlin), the first European 8-month full-time postgraduate course on …

Sullivan Le Postec

Writer (French)

For more than ten years, Sullivan Le Postec wrote about TV series as a journalist, in French magazines or on the web. He then began the transition to become a TV writer himself, penning episodes for “Dernier Recours” and the second season of TF1’s “Falco”. After graduating from Serial Eyes, he worked on developing several …

Ludovico Purgatori

Ludovico is an Italian-German Writer and Director. After graduating from the German School of Rome, he immediately started working as an Assistant Director for Feature Films and TV Series such as “Gomorrah – la serie”, “Sense8 – Season 2”, “Suburra” and “In Fondo al Bosco”. He is the Co-founder of the young Italian “Red Penguin …

Matthias Schmidt

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 …

Julia Széphelyi

Writer (Hungarian)

Júlia Széphelyi graduated at the University of Drama and Film in Budapest as a screenwriter. She 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.