Series Mania

Series Mania launches Franco-Israeli writing residency

French drama festival Series Mania is launching a Franco-Israeli writing residency initiative. In partnership with France’s Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (National Center for Cinema and Moving Image) and Israel’s Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the festival has opened submissions for a Franco-Israeli ‘Co-Writing Residency for Drama Series’. The project will find five […]

‘The Virtues’, ‘Mytho’ take top honours at Series Mania

Channel 4 drama The Virtues and Netflix/Arte co-production Mytho are among the big winners out of Series Mania. The French drama festival revealed its award winners over the weekend. The four prizes of the official competition were presented by its international jury, headed by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, actresses Julianna Margulies and Audrey Fleurot, novelist Delphine […]

Ted Sarandos: Netflix doesn’t disrupt for disruption’s sake

Netflix is not primarily about acting disruptively, at least in terms of content if not in terms of how to distribute it, according to Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix in conversation at the Series Mania event in Lille with Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Sarandos said that he was “not a fan […]

French lesbian nightclub drama wins Series Mania Forum’s pitch prize

French drama festival Series Mania has revealed the Best Project winner out of its industry-focused Forum. French series Purple beat out 15 other projects to be awarded the Series Mania Forum Best Project Award, which comes with a €50,000 ($56,000) prize. The award was accepted by Harold Valentin, Aurélien Larger, and Simon Trouilloud from Mother […]

Les Misérables nabs raft of global sales ahead of Series Mania

Ahead of its national premiere at Series Mania 2019, BBC Studios has struck a raft of international deals for Les Misérables. Victor Hugo’s 19th Century classic, adapted by Andrew Davies (War & Peace), has sold to 14 territories including Portugal (RTP2), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE), Iceland (RUV), Denmark (TV2), New Zealand (TVNZ), India (Zee […]

Netflix’s Sarandos, Amazon’s Brown set for Series Mania

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and Amazon Studios’ European originals boss Georgia Brown are heading to Series Mania as part of the French festival’s ‘Lille Transatlantic Dialogues’ programme. The day-long 27 March event is billed as a bilateral summit between the European Union and the US, uniting political decision makers with leading industry execs […]

Series Mania to host premiere of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ reboot

Series Mania is set to host the international premiere of CBS’ The Twilight Zone. The screening will be held on 30 March at 3.30pm and feature two episodes, Nightmare at 30.000 Feet and The Comedian, including a masterclass with actor Adam Scott. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s modern re-imagining of the classic series will premiere on […]

Series Mania unveils 16 projects for Forum

Drama projects from Italy’s Indigo Film, Finland’s Funfar Film and the UK/Canada’s Reel One Entertainment are among the projects set to be pitched at the Series Mania Forum.   The Lille-based festival – whose well-respected Forum event looks to connect high-end European and international drama projects with finance partners – has revealed a slate of […]

Berlinale: Gangster drama Big Bones heads to Series Mania

David Schalko’s historical crime drama Big Bones, which was pitched at the Berlin Co-Pro Series event, is to be presented again at Lille’s Series Mania next month via a drama partnership between the two festivals. The French drama festival has teamed with Berlinale’s co-production market for a ‘project exchange’ that enables one project to be pitched across […]

Series Mania launches Writers Campus for new drama talent

Series Mania’s European Project and Talent Forum has launched Writers Campus, a week-long intensive writing workshop for 20 emerging TV drama writers throughout Europe. Under the editorial supervision of Lorraine Sullivan, Series Mania Writers Campus, in partnership with Paris College of Art (France) and Emerson College (USA), will run for one week, April 27 to […]