MIDPOINT TV Launch is focused on development of miniseries or ongoing, episodic TV series that can sustain multiple seasons. Both half-hour (25-30 minutes) and one-hour (40-60 minutes) series proposals are accepted. The focus is on content-rich, compelling stories and innovative series concepts both high end and low budget.
The program focuses on participants primarily coming from Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic countries and the wider Mediterranean area, with a possible background in filmmaking, wanting to shift to quality television production. Participants with some experience in TV development will not be excluded.
The three workshops will cover the development of the pilot and season arc; offer analysis and a breaking down of popular TV series; master classes by guest tutors; individual consultations and group work with the core tutors. A producer tutor will join the workshops to guide the participants through the European television industry scene.
MIDPOINT's partner HBO Europe will grant a financial annual award, to honor the best project, within its original programming territories, at the final workshop of the year.
MIDPOINT TV Launch is realized with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
workshop 1: November 4 - 10, 2016
workshop 2: April 21 - 27, 2017
workshop 3: August 11 - 17, 2017
participants with a project
/ teams of writers with producers and director (if relevant)
participants without a project
/ producers or commissioning editors
with a project
/ 1st participant / 1.500 EUR per participant (500 EUR per workshop)
/ 2nd participant / 990 EUR per participant (330 EUR per workshop)
/ 3rd participant / 990 EUR per participant (330 EUR per workshop)
without a project
/ 1.200 EUR per participant (400 EUR per workshop)
The fee includes accommodation, board and tuition at the workshop. Travel costs are NOT included.
To apply for the MIDPOINT TV Launch workshop, please create an account on the MIDPOINT Visitor Page and follow the instructions, as well as a more detailed description of the workshop and the requested materials.
/ basic information (part of the online application form)
/ brief description of characters
/ tone sample
/ author's or participant's note
/ biography and photos of all team members
/ previous work of writer (and director, if applicable)
The calls for submissions for MIDPOINT TV Launch are closed at the moment. Please follow our information channels and find out more about the next edition in summer 2017.
HBO Europe Award 2017
Given out by the partner of the workshop, HBO Europe, the award will celebrate the Best TV Series Project of the MIDPOINT TV Launch 2017 program on August 16, 2017, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, within the Workshop 3.
THE WINNER IS
(to be announced)
C21 Media Award 2017
Given out by the partner of the workshop, C21 Media, the award will give a one-year subscription access to one of the MIDPOINT TV Launch 2017 participants on August 16, 2017, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, within the Workshop 3.
THE WINNER IS
(to be announced)
Whenever you do something from the bottom of your heart all the great energy you put in reflects in a form of an excellent result. There are no general rules that define a great pitch. The only rule is to know your story well and be able to have your heart present while pitching it. During her lecture, Michaela Sabo will guide the audience to find their strengths and weaknesses and make an advantage of both of them, to create a custom made pitch. And last but not least, Michaela will give useful tips on how to overcome jitters, how to stay focused, how to find the core elements of the story and how to transfer it to the pitch audience.
Klaus Zimmermann, MIDPOINT TV Launch’s Producer Tutor, an experienced professional and co-founder of Dynamic Television, whose latest project include 100 Code, Trapped (created by Baltasar Kormakur) and Cape Town, will speak about the long development road. Once you have been able to go through the door of your broadcaster or producer with your project and have raised interest, how do you manage the relationship with your client(s) to ensure your best options to get to the green light?
The lecture organized in collaboration with the Serial Eyes training program will introduce Ben Harris, writer and producer based in United Kingdom, who collaborated on The Musketeers, Hunted, The Paradise or Marcella. He will talk about setting up a writers room, about how the system works and how to write within its structure, and will share invalueable experience from running his writers room on the CBS / TF1 co-production series Ransom.
Executive Producer Tereza Polachova, who has been instrumental in the success of several of HBO Europe's series (In Treatment, Burning Bush, Head Over Heels, Mammon, Pustina) will analyze the challenges of the original content development and its production at small markets step by step.