UGC Writers Campus

UGC Writers Campus by Series Mania is a week-long TV series writing workshop, conducted in English open to 20 screenwriters. The 2019 edition will be held in Lille in northern France from March 20-27, 2019 under the supervision of Lorraine Sullivan, in collaboration with Paris College of Art.

Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by experienced professionals and writers, to attend dedicated workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one sessions on their projects with their mentors. In a final showcase at Series Mania Forum, the Campus’s work will be presented to industry professionals and projects will be pitched at the round table pitching sessions.

An intensive and high-quality training

UGC Writers Campus offers participants from Europe and the rest of the world a concrete understanding of the dramaturgic and narrative strategies used in successful TV series. 

Lectures discussing market reach, engaging specific audiences and understanding the needs of the industry will be an essential part of the training.

Over the course of one week, UGC Writers Campus will function as an incubator, where writers will be immersed in an environment dedicated to their work with incredible access to tutors, mentors and industry decision-makers.


Lorraine Sullivan

Head of studies - France

After being responsible for French film acquisitions at Canal +, she created the first TV series festival in London. From 2013 to 2016, she was director of Serial Eyes, the first European training course for writing and TV series production at the Berlin Film School, in partnership with the London Film School and the Danish Film School.

André et Maria Jacquemetton

Guests of honour - USA

André and Maria Jacquemetton established their career as writer‐producers on six seasons of AMC’S acclaimed series MAD MEN. Their work on that show garnered them multiple award nominations for writing and producing. They have been fortunate to win three Emmys, four Writers Guild of America Awards, and two Producers Guild Awards for Producer of the Year in over two decades working in television. Their latest adventure is with Matthew Weiner’s series THE ROMANOFFS for Amazon Studios.

Nicola Lusuardi

Tutor - Italy

Nicola Lusuardi is scriptwriter, story editor and consultant for several Italian and European broadcasters and producers. Since 2013, he collaborates as story-editor and creative producer for Sky Italy. He is Head of Study for the SeriesLab program and teaches dramaturgy for SerialEyes in Berlin in addition to the masterclasses and workshops he holds in different European countries. In 2010 he wrote La Rivoluzione Seriale. He founded Nightswim, production company in association with Stefano Sardo and Ines Vasiljevic.

Christian Rank

Tutor - Danemark

Head of Drama, DR

A former graduate of the National Film School of Denmark, the 39-year old TV executive is already familiar to DR Drama, having worked there from 2010-2014 on premium series such as The Legacy season 1 and the dramedy Happy Life season 1&2, before moving to TV2 Denmark. Over the last three years, he has played a key role in building the commercial channel’s strong drama line-up as exec producer of hit series such as Norskov and Rita. Earlier in his career, he worked for Miso Film on the crime series Varg Veum and Those Who Kill.



Donna Sharpe, screenwriter

International screenwriter, Donna worked on many projects such as West of Liberty (ZDF/SVT), the Team (ZDF/DR), Teufelsberg (Arte France/SWR Germany). She is guest lecturer and mentor for Serial Eyes. 


Michaela Sabo, screenwriter

Screenwriter and creative producer on several European series, cinema and documentary projects, Michael is also pitching trainer for many European screenwriting workshops.



What they say about it

"The Writers Campus gave me a chance to link with the right people." - Agata Koschmieder (Pologne)


"I had a great experience at the Writers Campus meeting likeminded colleagues and inspiring professionals." - Julie Budtz Sørensen (Danemark)

"I can’t wait to see the ideas we worked on become the next great drama series of tomorrow!" - Robert Goldsdbrough (Royaume-Uni)


"Getting tips and tricks from a masterful creator such as Sarah Treem was simply amazing." - Fanny Talmone (France)

"A great way to meet other writers." - Mia Ylönen (Finlande)
"It is one of the best programs I ever attended!" - Pietro Seghetti (Italie)


UGC Writers Campus will take place in two parts:

  • From March 20-24: workshops and sessions at La Plaine Images
  • From March 25-27: industry meetings, conferences and round table pitches at Lille Grand Palais during Series Mania Forum

Participants are also welcome to attend all scheduled festival events, which include a range of special screenings and exclusive premieres of some of the latest hit shows.


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