SERIESMAKERS- hereby also referred to as the ‘Program’ – is a TV series development program initiated and conducted jointly by Series Mania Forum and BETA Group which focuses on feature film directors who venture into the world of scripted TV series.
SERIESMAKERS will allow ten selected teams with an idea for a scripted TV series to participate in a tailor-made training program focused on developing a full pitch deck. A-list directors, showrunners, writers, and producers will guide new series creatives in online workshops. Additionally, the development process will be supported by mentors.
The objective is to support talents working on a new scripted TV series and offering two awarded teams a € 50,000 (fifty thousand Euros) award each.
The two awarded teams will be presented at the Series Mania Forum 2023 and will develop a pilot script and a bible for the awarded projects with further creative support. ln 2024, the two awarded teams will then participate in Series Mania Forum.
1. THE PROGRAM
This Program targets teams consisting of two creatives, either a director and a producer or a director and a writer (see eligibility of teams pursuant to clause 6.1).
The selected teams will participate in two three-day online workshops over the period of six months. The workshops consist of masterclasses lectured by international industry professionals such as writers, producers, broadcasters, showrunners, etc. ln addition, the development process will be supported by mentors.
The Program’s next and main step is that the selected teams create a full pitch deck for each project including a logline, synopsis, characters’ development, season’s outline, creator’s note, tone and style.
Out of all selected teams, a jury will award two teams with a € 50,000 award each to develop a pilot script and a bible with additional creative support in particular by BETA Group’s content division. The two awarded teams will be presented at the Series Mania Forum 2023 and will develop a pilot script and a bible for the awarded projects with further creative support. ln 2024, the two awarded teams will then participate in Series Mania Forum 2023 and will be given the opportunity to participate at Series Mania Forum 2024 to present their projects to the industry’s most important decision-makers, broadcasters, platforms, co-producers, and financiers.
2. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
SERIESMAKERS recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing a creative environment that is free from discrimination. The Program will seek to promote the principles of equality and diversity and encourages creatives of all nations, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, religions or beliefs, to apply.
The schedule for the current Program is as follows:
- Submission period June 13 – September 15, 2022
- Submission deadline September 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm (CET)
- Announcement of participants: end of October 2022
- First workshop (online) November 14 – 16, 2022 (3 days)
- Second workshop (online) January 23- 25, 2023 (3 days)
- Award ceremony of the two awarded teams at the Series Mania Forum 2023 March 21- 23, 2023
All selected teams must be generally available for the two workshops. The awarded teams shall remain available also for Series Mania 2023 and Series Mania 2024.
The schedule above may be subject to change.
The communication language of the Program is English. Therefore, all materials during all steps of the Program are required to be provided in English language. Translation costs, if any, are not borne by the Program.
The language of the submitted project can be written and produced in English or any other language.
Submission and participation in the Program are free of charge.
The two awarded teams are invited to Series Mania Forum 2024 which includes covering of expenses for accommodation in Lille and accreditations for Series Mania Forum giving access to all Forum and festival activities (conferences, premieres, pitching sessions, networking events, etc.).
Travel costs will not be covered.
6. SUBMISSION WINDOW
Submission to SERIESMAKERS is open from June 13, 2022 until September 15, 2022 at 5.00 pm (CET) at the latest, to be made via the Program’s website only.
6.1 Eligibility of teams
The criteria for the teams’ eligibility are the following:
- Consisting of two creatives, either a director and a producer or a director and a writer. The directors are required to have min. one feature film (fiction only) screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years (2017-2022)
- The participants must be committed to creating a scripted TV series. If selected, all participants are obliged to sign a written approval of commitment to the Program (see section 11)
6.2 Project requirements
The requirements for submitted projects are the following:
- Category scripted TV series based upon an original idea or secured underlying property.
- First season only.
- Number of episodes: min. 4 episodes, max. 12 episodes.
- Length: min. 30 minutes, max. 60 minutes per episode.
- Genres: All genres, e.g., drama, comedy, period, crime, sci-fi.
- Development stage: early stage.
6.3 Applicants requirements
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Submission only as a team (no separate submissions by the participants) pursuant to the eligibility criteria pursuant to clause 6.1.
- Complete the online application form for submission.
- Upload all required documents including but not limited to (in English language and max. 10 pages total) Short pitch deck of the series consisting of logline and synopsis, characters, story arch, creators’ note, tone and style, filmographies of applicants.
- Please consider the mandatory formatting: A4, Calibri, 11 pt, 1.15 line spacing, margins min. 2.0 cm all sides.
- Controlling of rights into the submitted project pursuant to section 9.
lncomplete applications may not be considered.
Neither Series Mania nor BETA Group will be responsible for any costs related to the submission (translation, graphic design, etc).
7. SELECTION PROCESS
7.1 Selection committee
All submissions meeting the criteria in section 6 will be reviewed by the SERIESMAKERS selection committee.
The selection committee will further strive for diversity of genre (crime, period drama, comedy, etc) and characters among the submitted projects.
Decisions by the selection committee are final.
8. THE AWARDED PROJECTS
At Series Mania Forum 2023, two projects will be awarded by a jury with an award of € 50,000 (fifty thousand Euros) each.
The two awarded teams will achieve further support such as script consulting and packaging offered by BETA Group’s Content Division to develop a pilot script and a series bible. The award and the development package will be subject to a development and distribution agreement between BETA Group and each of the two teams upon terms and conditions to be negotiated in good faith and in accordance with industry standard.
ln case of completion of production, the awarded projects will be submitted to Series Mania Festival in priority.
9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
9.1 Submitted projects
Applicants must control all rights to their submitted projects. ln the case of an adaptation of underlying property, the applicants will need to prove by written documentation that rights to the underlying property are either obtained or may be obtained through the execution of an existing option in order to develop and produce the project.
9.2 Selected projects
The selected participants will not dispose of their rights into their projects until the end of the Program and will confirm this in the written approval commitment towards SERIES MANIA pursuant to section 11.
9.3 Awarded projects
The awarded participants will enter into a development and distribution agreement with BETA Group upon terms and conditions to be negotiated in good faith and in accordance with industry standard.
All other participants are entitled to freely continue and dispose of their rights into their projects.
10. CONFIDENTIALITY AND MARKETING
Documents supplied for submission are strictly confidential and are not for publication.
The selected projects must supply information for marketing purposes such as its website, catalogues, and flyers.
A list of the selected participants and the titles of their projects may be used for marketing and press purposes.
Materials submitted by the participants will not be returned.
11. PARTICIPATION AND CONFIRMATION
The Program requires all selected participants to sign a written approval of commitment with SERIES MANIA within four (4) days from notification of the selected participants.
If the commitment should not be signed within such four (4) days period, the participation in the current Program will no longer be possible.
SERIESMAKERS will be credited in the on-screen credits in all completed series developed under the Program as follows: “This series was developed within the SERIESMAKERS program 2022.” The logo of SERIESMAKERS will be provided to the participants and shall be included in the credits.
The selected participants whose projects should not get awarded but picked up by a third party agree to pass on the aforementioned credit obligation to such third party.
For technical assistance and further inquiries please contact the Series Mania team at email@example.com.
Rules and regulations may be subject to change. This version of Rules & Regulations has been updated on June, 2022.