Beta, Series Mania offers $126,000 to entice filmmakers to try TV – The Hollywood Reporter
German Beta Group is backing a trio of new awards, each with a substantial cash prize, to entice feature filmmakers to try out the world of serial television.
Beta will sponsor two awards, each with a cash prize of $52,600 (€50,000), to support selected television presentations by established directors. They are also backing a new Emerging Talent Award, which comes with a $21,000 (€20,000) scholarship, paid for by the Kirch Foundation, a non-profit group created by the late German media mogul Leo Kirch. to support film, television and visual arts projects.
The three prizes will be awarded as part of the SeriesMakers program, an initiative launched by Beta and the Series Mania television festival. SeriesMakers’ goal is to support talent in the transition to TV series production by connecting directors and writers with showrunners, producers and other veterans behind the camera.
Among the established names attending SeriesMakers this year will be Sharp objects and Unreal producer Marti Noxon, Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Card castle, burning bush), writer/showrunner Michael Hirst (vikings, The Tudors) and Hagai Levi (Processing, The case), and producers Frank Doelger (game of thrones), Cyril Tysz (France), Ossi Nishri (Scenes from a wedding), Michel Pollé (house of promises, Fury) and Stefan Arndt (Babylon Berlin).
Any director who has had at least one feature film screened in an A-list film festival‘s Official Selection in the past five years, from 2017 to 2022, qualifies for the SeriesMakers Awards. Eligible directors can submit in director-producer or director-writer teams. Ten teams with TV series presentations will be invited to participate in the program, which will take place at Series Mania 2023, which will be held March 17-24 in Lille, France.
A jury will select the two winning presentations, who will each receive a $52,600 (€50,000) grant to develop a pilot script and full package for their series, with Beta’s content division, led by CCO Koby Gal Raday , providing additional support. The two winning teams will also be invited to Series Mania’s industry-focused Forum section to pitch their projects to broadcasters, co-producers and financiers. The Emerging Talent Award will also be presented at Series Mania 2023.
Laurence Herszberg, General Manager of Series Mania, leads the SeriesMakers initiative, along with Koby Gal Raday, Chief Content Officer of Beta Group.
The move can be seen as an attempt by Beta, one of Europe’s leading independent TV producers and sales companies, to address the talent shortage in the European TV market. The rapid growth of streaming services has led to a boom in high-end television production across the continent, but European production companies have struggled to keep pace, with many complaining of a shortage of good screenwriters, directors, producers and below the line. talent for performing.