21 Nov 2017


Paris, 21 November 2017 – MIPTV and CANNESERIES open a worldwide search for the next big global drama hit, selected by a Jury of top-tier industry leaders.

In Development is a 2-day event dedicated to fast-tracking drama series productions at an international level. It will be held from April 10-11, 2018 alongside MIPTV and CANNESERIES. The call for entries opens today, November 21.

The first ever In Development is co-organised by MIPTV and CANNESERIES. Together, they will combine MIPTV’s unique blend of international decision-makers and financial partners with the high artistic standard of the International Cannes Series Festival.

Discover. Connect. Greenlight. are at the heart of In Development. This new international talent search offers producers and creators the opportunity to pitch their projects to key decision-makers, commissioning editors, platforms, distributors, co-producers, funds, and talent agencies enabling them to connect and greenlight projects.

In Development projects will be selected through an international call for entries, opening today, and designed to both highlight fresh new voices, as well as series from more established producers on the international scene that are looking for financing and development partnerships.

After a first round by a pre-selection committee, an international jury of drama experts will select the projects that will be pitched on stage. The deadline for project submissions is 8 January 2018, and the selected projects will be announced by the end of February.

As well as winning the opportunity to pitch a project to a high-level audience, the selected projects may be eligible for development funding from In Development’s Official Partners:

- Leading independent European producer, Federation Entertainment (“The Bureau”), will propose to co-develop, co-produce and distribute one of the selected projects.
- French think tank “La Fabrique des Formats” and its investment fund will offer financing for up to two series from the selection backed by a French producer or co-producer.

Full information is available in the Terms & Conditions of In Development.

Another section of In Development will feature Early-Stage Projects from emerging and seasoned writers with international ambitions curated with the assistance of international writing residences and talent agencies.

The Selection Jury will be composed of a certain number of Advisory Board members appointed to act as Ambassadors for In Development:

Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV

Ozge Bulut Marasli, CEO, Kanal D & Production Companies

Tara Cook, Development Producer, Carnival Films

Jimmy Desmarais , Co-managing Director, Atlantique Productions

Ben Donald, Executive Producer, International Drama, BBC Worldwide

Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTÉ

Serge Hayat, Financier, Cinemage & Capucines Investment Funds

Marie Jacobson, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Networks, Sony Pictures Television Networks

Claire Lemaréchal , Screenwriter, “A Very Secret Service,” “Desperate Parents,” “Sagan”

Stephen Mowbray, Head of SVT International (Acquisitions and Sales), Sveriges Television

Katie O'Connell, CEO, Platform One Media

Vanessa Shapiro, President, WW TV Distribution & Co-Production, Gaumont Television

Philipp Steffens, Head of Fiction, RTL Television

Christian Wikander , Director Co Financing, Twelve Town

Anna Winger, Creator of “Deutschland83/86,” Founder of Studio Airlift.              

Besides having access to potential partners, those presenting their projects will benefit from matchmaking and mentoring opportunities with key decision-makers, and attend a rich programme of panels and keynotes. They will also get the chance to attend the CANNESERIES Official Competition Screenings, and will receive complementary registration for MIPTV 2018.

A programme featuring headline speakers will be announced online soon.


For press enquiries, please contact:

Jane GARTON, Entertainment Press Director

Philippe LE GALL, Press Manager

Yassia FEKIR, PR/Press Officer

Edith YAHIAOUI, Press Officer


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