‘The Affair,’ ‘In Treatment’ Creator Hagai Levi Among Speakers at Series Mania

Writer Charlie Covell will present a case study on Netflix’s 'The End of the F***ing World'

Hagai Levi, the creator of HBO’s “In Treatment” and Showtime’s “The Affair,” and Tony Grisoni, executive producer and writer on BBC’s “The City and the City,” will be among the speakers at the ninth edition of Series Mania, a festival devoted to top international TV series.

The festival, which runs April 27 to May 5 in Lille, France, also hosts Bryan Elsley, creator of Channel 4’s “Skins,” and co-executive producer and writer of Channel 4 and Netflix’s “Kiss Me First,” and Fanny Herrero, the creator of France 2 and Netflix’s “Call My Agent!”

The writers will be participating in Series Mania’s industry arm, the European Project and Talent Forum, which runs May 2 to 4. The sidebar, formerly known as the Co-Production Forum, attracted more than 1,200 accredited professionals from 35 countries last year.

The Forum will also include detailed case studies delivered by writers of recent hit series, such as Charlie Covell, who penned Netflix’s “The End of the F***ing World,” and Álex Pina, the scribe behind Netflix’s “La Casa de Papel,” which along with “Dark” is one of a wave of foreign-language series sweeping along international audiences. Additional panelists and speakers will be announced shortly.

Laurence Herszberg, founder and general director of Series Mania, said in a statement: “Series Mania’s European Project and Talent Forum is the place in Europe to connect the creative international community with TV series executives. There are no good series without a good script; therefore, Series Mania is the place where business meets creativity. We look forward to welcoming these amazing writers and creators to Lille.”

Herszberg also unveiled an initiative entitled Enter The Writers Room, which will offer three days of sessions for delegates to join or observe a simulation of a writers’ room in action. The sessions will run as part of Series Mania Writers Campus, a week-long intensive writing workshop for 20 emerging TV drama writers throughout Europe. Herszberg said: “Supporting new talent is essential and we are delighted to offer this great opportunity to emerging TV writers.”

More TV

  • Who Died in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season

    How 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19' Approached Its Crossover Death Count

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Station 19″/”Grey’s Anatomy” crossover that aired Jan. 23. “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked off the start of their official combined universe with a two-hour block that began with the third season premiere of the former Shondaland series. In the episode entitled “I [...]

  • An IPad is used instead of

    Following Outrage, Discovery Networks Backs Down on Composer Ultimatum

    Discovery Networks, which last month unveiled a new business model that would have all but assured series composers a drastic income drop, has scuttled that plan in response to outrage expressed by the media music community. This means that the shows on Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and other Discovery-owned platforms, will continue to [...]

  • THE GOOD PLACE -- "Patty" Episode

    'The Good Place' Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It's a 'Bummer'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Patty,” the penultimate episode of “The Good Place.” The titular good place on Mike Schur’s philosophical comedy “The Good Place” isn’t a literal place at all but instead a state of mind. Sure, after four seasons (50 episodes) the characters on the show did [...]

  • obi wan ewan mcgregor

    Obi-Wan Kenobi Series at Disney Plus Loses Writer, Seeks to Overhaul Scripts

    Pre-production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused TV series in the works at Disney Plus has been put on hold as the streamer and Lucasfilm look to overhaul early scripts and find new writers, sources tell Variety. Hossein Amini had been attached to write. The news follows recent talk that the entire series was being scrapped altogether. [...]

  • Zion Williamson

    Zion Williamson's Pelicans Debut Is a Ratings Slam Dunk

    With ratings in a slump so far this season, the NBA has needed someone to come off the bench and ball out. Cue the New Orleans Pelicans debut of Zion Williamson. The much-heralded number 1 pick from the 2019 draft had sat out the first 44 games of the Pelicans’ season with a knee injury, [...]

  • RuPauls Drag Race

    TV News Roundup: VH1 Announces 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 12 Contestants

    In today’s TV news roundup, VH1 revealed the contestants for the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the Oprah Winfrey Network renewed several of its unscripted series. CASTING VH1 revealed the 13 queens that will be competing on the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Aidenn Zhane, Bria, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, Gigi [...]

  • Outmatched

    'Outmatched' With Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson: TV Review

    The latest variation on network sitcoms’ beloved “a family, but with [x complication],” Fox’s “Outmatched” flips the usual parent-child dynamic on its head by following an Atlantic City family, including three bonafide genius kids who are too smart for their bewildered parents to understand. Each time one of their children tests off the charts, Mike [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content