SERIESMAKERS Crowns Three Winners


SERIESMAKERS, led by Series Mania Forum and supported by Beta Group, has named the three winning projects of its second edition, awarding two titles €50,000 ($54,400) each and one €20,000 ($21,800).

The two €50,000 Beta Development Awards have gone to George Blake and The Squatter. George Blake, from director Kevin Macdonald and producer Femke Wolting, tells the true story of one of the most prolific double agents in British history. The Squatter, from director Erik Matti and producer Ronald Monteverde, sees a secretive Filipino maid and a tenacious Ukrainian detective unravel the mysteries of a crime.

The Kirch Foundation in collaboration with HFF (University of Television and Film Munich) Award of €20,000 has gone to Sleeping Swans, from director Barbara Albert, writer Ulrike Tony Vahl and producer Martina Haubrich. In a coastal town in eastern Germany, idyll turns into a sinister nightmare when children inexplicably fall into a mysterious condition.

The recipients of this year’s Beta Development Award will work closely with Beta’s Content Division, led by Koby Gal Raday, CCO, to develop the pilot script and a full package.