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European Showrunner Programme

Training, Mentoring, and Industry Talks on Showrunning in Europe

ifs - internationale filmschule köln

The European Showrunner Programme (ESP) is an intensive 6-month advanced training programme designed to provide experienced European series writers with the opportunity to acquire and refine the skills needed for taking on the demanding role of a showrunner.




Without project




June – November 2023



Application deadline

3 April, 2023

The programme consists of two elements:

Training and Mentoring: The European Showrunner Training is a part-time training and mentoring programme. It is designed for experienced European series writers and offers comprehensive insights and featuring key skills for showrunners in Europe.

Industry Events: The European Showrunner Think Tank is a series of industry panels – both online and at major industry events – which provides a platform for exchange and discussion aiming to further develop, define and eventually establish the showrunner approach in Europe.

ESP is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. Industry Partners are Netflix and Series Mania.

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The ifs is a leading full study and professional training institution. Since 2013, the ifs has been offering the MA Serial Storytelling – Europe’s first and only master’s programme focusing on collaborative writing for series. Furthermore the ifs has more than 20 years’ experience and an excellent track record in providing high-quality training for audio-visual professionals in Germany and international.

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