PARIS — Vivendi is partnering with Serial Eyes, a postgraduate training program for TV writers spearheaded by Frank Spotnitz (“The Man in the High Castle”) and Jeffrey Bell (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) and producers such as Olivier Bibas (“Borgia”) and Jimmy Desmarais (“The Returned”), among others.
An eight-month full-time program, Serial Eyes aims at preparing the next generation of European TV writers, producers and show runners, and is designed to train writers in working in a writers’ room setting.
Vivendi, whose ambition is to become a leading global content and media group, is supporting Serial Eyes to allow European TV writers to improve their storytelling skills and reach new audiences in Europe and beyond. In terms of strategy, Vivendi is looking to generate fresh material to feed its growing TV roster. “Talent is a rare and valuable asset and key to Vivendi’s ongoing development,” said the company.
Headed by Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Serial Eyes comprises top creators, showrunners and decision-makers from across Europe and the U.S. The staff of Serial Eyes includes commissioning editors from TV channels such as Vivendi-owned pay-TV giant Canal Plus.