What’s the hottest TV-series at the moment has not only become a common household discussion but has sparked discourses on a new quality of fictional TV entertainment all over the world. Most people don’t only own the box-set of their favorite show, but tend to always have another great show to keep an eye on up their sleeves. Fictional storytelling on television has pointed out the borders feature film may sometimes be suffering from. Epic serial productions for TV are now taking their time to provide horizontal storytelling as well as meticulous and careful character development over longer periods of time. But big productions aren’t all big names and lots of talent – they also take a great amount of effort. What can be described as a “democratization of fictional storytelling” on the international stage is a long and ongoing process. And yet, now more than ever, many international producers and broadcasters dare to tackle bigger and more ambitious stories to provide top-notch fictional entertainment for viewers all over the world. This year’s Great Drama-Summit aims to figure out what it takes to produce quality fiction and will
try to answer the question how successful international co-productions develop. We will give an outlook on new ways of distribution for fiction, that have today become more important than ever and we are trying to find a way to apply these insights to the German media landscape.
Scott Roxborough, German Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter, Cologne