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The Great Series Summit 2018. Trends and Tendencies in Fictional Entertainment

Made in Germany! A seal of approval, which can now also be applied to German TV-exports. It seems as though TV-series from Germany have managed to catch up with international standards as German high-end drama can now also be found on international TV-screens and streaming platforms. This fact opens new doors when it comes to (re-) financing large-scale projects, that were previously impossible to finance out of Germany alone. But is this a development that is made to last or are we merely experiencing a trend? Can German drama-series stay competitive on the international stage? And what is needed to guarantee long-term success for these productions? With these questions in mind, we will be taking a closer look at highlights of the German and international series market during this year’s edition of the Great Series-Summit and we aim to find out what good serial storytelling is all about and how to put this knowledge best into use.

Wednesday, 10.00 – 17.30 hrs • Summiteers. Future Professionals at the Great Series-Summit 2018

“Summiteers”, a day for future professionals among students and post-graduates, is dedicated to answer these questions of aspiring screenwriters in the form of masterclasses and workshop discussions focusing on the German series market and the possibilities for German-speaking talent.
Participation for students and post-graduates of all film schools and universities is free of charge. Due to limited seats ifs kindly asks for a binding RSVP via e-mail ( until April 12th 2018. If interested, this application also includes free-of-charge admission to “The Great Series-Summit” on Thursday, April 19th 2018, provided that sufficient seats are available.

Wednesday, 20.00 hrs • Premiere DE DAG (OT)

TV-Series, 2×45’
in co-operation with ZDFneo

Exclusive screening of the first two episodes, followed by a Q&A with producers Hilde de Laere (FBO) and Michiel Devlieger (Woestijnvis), screenwriters Julie Mahieu and Jonas Geirnaert, as well as Tasja Abel (Dynamic Television), Carina Bernd (ZDFneo) and Annika Schmidt (ZDF) and a small reception

Thursday, 10.00 - 17.00 hrs • The Great Series-Summit 2018


Scott Roxborough, European News Editor, The Hollywood Reporter, Cologne

10.00 hrs • Welcome

Petra Müller, Managing Director, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Düsseldorf
Simone Stewens & Rainer Weiland, Managing Directors, ifs internationale filmschule köln

11.00 – 11.45 hrs • Keynote

Secrets to Success. TV-Series With No Expiration Date
Tatjana Samopjan, Creative Development Producer, Fractal Volcano, Stockholm

11.00 – 11.45 hrs • Keynote

DE DAG. Belgium’s Thrilling New Multiperspective Drama
Tasja Abel
, Vice President Coproductions & Acquisitions, Dynamic Television, Berlin
Hilde de Laere, Producer, FBO, Brussels
Michiel Devlieger, Producer, Woestijnvis, Vilvoorde
Julie Mahieu, Screenwriter, Brussels Jonas Geirnaert, Screenwriter, Brussels

11.45 – 12.15 hrs • Coffee Break

12.15h – 13.00 hrs • Case Study

ACHT TAGE. The End of Days as German High-End Drama
Marcus Ammon, Senior Vice President Film und Entertainment, Sky Deutschland, Munich
Florian Kamhuber, Producer „Acht Tage“, NEUESUPER, Munich
Michael Krummenacher, Director „Acht Tage“, Munich

13.00 – 14.00 hrs • Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.45 hrs • Case Study

International Drama from Israel
Yaki Jacques, VP Programming, Series, YES DBS Satellite Television, Tel Aviv

14.45 – 15.30 hrs • Case Study

GREYZONE. Breaking New Ground with Scandi-Noir
Rasmus Thorsen, Managing Director and Producer, Cosmo Film, Copenhagen

15.30 – 16.00 hrs • Coffee Break

16.00h – 17.00 hrs • Panel Discussion

The Revolution Will Be Televised. Deutsche TV-Serien und deren Rezeption im Wandel
Lisa Blumenberg, Executive Producer „Bad Banks“, Letterbox Filmproduktion, Hamburg
Marcus Ammon, Senior Vice President Film und Entertainment, Sky Deutschland, Munich
Prof. Dr. Joachim Friedmann, Professor Serial Storytelling, ifs internationale filmschule köln
Prof. Gebhard Henke, Head TV-Film, Feature Film and Series, WDR, Cologne
Nicolas Paalzow, Chief Production Officers, Pantaleon/Pantaflix, Munich
Oliver Vogel, Chief Creative Officer, Bavaria Fiction, Cologne


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Chargeable Registration

Chargeable Registration for 'The Great Series Summit 2018' on April 19th, 2018. Registration fee: 210 EUR plus VAT Registration for the 'Premiere DE DAG (OT)' on April 18th, 2018. The participation is free of charge.

Up to April 12, 2018, we charge a cancellation fee of 50%. From April 13, 2018, we charge a cancellation fee of 90%. For non-attendance, the full participation fee is charged. Please notice that we can only accept changes or cancellations in written form.


18. April bis 19. March 2018


ifs internationale filmschule köln, Schanzenstr. 28, 51063 Cologne

Cineplex Filmpalast Köln, Hohenzollernring 22, 50672 Cologne


210 EUR plus VAT