Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

PRESENTATION : Short-form Digital Content: The Big Picture

An analysis of the recent boom of short-form-content-streaming platforms. From inception to creation, we take a look at how are these mobile-first players are attempting to disrupt the game.

Speaker:

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Alejandra Del Real

Alejandra Del Real is a development producer with over 10 years of experience in broadcast, cable and digital. After producing several lifestyle and competition factual series in the United States she moved to Europe to pursue a career in international scripted co-productions. Most recently she served as Head of Int'l Originals for blackpills, an insurgent media company that creates, produces and distributes premium original content for the swipe generation.

 

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Platform Spotlight - Executives from four global platforms will give our audience a closer look at their business models, strategies, and plans for the future. 


Executives from four global platforms will give our audience a closer look at their business models, strategies, and plans for the future. 

Moderator:

Alejandra Del Real

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Alejandra Del Real is a development producer with over 10 years of experience in broadcast, cable and digital. After producing several lifestyle and competition factual series in the United States she moved to Europe to pursue a career in international scripted co-productions. Most recently she served as Head of Int'l Originals for blackpills, an insurgent media company that creates, produces and distributes premium original content for the swipe generation.
 

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Sep
7
11:30 AM11:30

VIP WORKSHOP: - LEAKED! Exclusive Sneak Peek of Joël Bassaget's Newest Book

Chief Webfest Berlin Advisor, Joel Bassaget, shares never before released data from, “Short, Narrative, and Serialized”, a complete guide to the web series phenomenon. The book is set for released later this fall. 

This workshop is only available to Corporate ticket holders.

Speaker:

Joël Bassaget

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Originally from France, Joël Bassaget currently lives in Berlin. He has been writing and producing TV cartoons since 1987. In 1998, he created an animated series of 20 second episodes for friends and family to download. The following year, he discovered Icebox.com which inspired him to create a website to watch online animated shows and pilots for future series. He created his own platform, in 2001, with the help of his animation friends. The site only lasted about a year, but the experience strengthened his enthusiasm for short form. In the 2000’s, he dove into the ‘seriesmania’ of the time. He created the blog “720 lignes” on LeMonde.fr and then the blog “Des Séries et des Hommes” for Liberation.fr. He co-wrote two books on TV series (“Seriescopie” and “Créatures, les monstres de la television”) and participated in various podcasts on the topic. In 2014, he left “Des Séries et des hommes” to his colleague Benjamin Campion and created “Web Séries Mag”, a blog solely dedicated to web series and also hosted on Liberation.fr. In 2015, he created the Web Series World Cup and completed the first statistical study about the web series phenomenon, “Web Series Anatomy” which was presented in various masterclasses around the World. In 2016, he wrote “Web Series: la nouvelle vague”, a guide to the best web series by genre, and began presenting his “Best of Short Form” session at MIPTV and MIPCOM. At the same time, he began teaching narrative short form and giving lectures for cinema and TV schools around the world. He regularly publishes reviews and analysis and consults for production companies willing to ‘go web’. Joël’s newest book, “Short, Narrative, and Serialized”, a complete guide to the web series phenomenon, will be released in fall 2018. He has been a member of the Webfest Berlin board of advisors since 2016.

 

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: THE BRANDED BOOM - Producers and brand representatives tell us how they #wfblevelup their content using branded short form series. 

Producers and brand representatives tell us how they #wfblevelup their content using branded short form series. 

Moderator:

Andrea Kaul

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Based on 20+ years of professional and leadership experience with international media companies and a large personal network, Andrea founded her own Marketing Consulting company in 2015. Andrea advises and supports international media and media events like conferences, markets, and festivals in strategy, marketing, conference management and business development.

Fascinated by the unfolding opportunities for media in times of digital change Andrea combined her profound background in international TV ad sales &marketing with her passion for content and storytelling to nurture and advocate video and branded content initiatives.

At DMEXCO, the leading annual digital exhibition and conference in Cologne/Germany, Andrea runs the Motion Stage, a dedicated platform for video content and curates all video topics on the other stages too. With the leading TV markets MIPTV/MIPCOM in Cannes and TV Series Festival Berlin Andrea organises matchmaking sessions, networking programmes and industry panels on innovation and branded content topics. Further projects include consulting international producers and media start ups in marketing and business development.

Andrea studied Business Administration, Media, and Music Business Management, and holds a degree by the University of Mannheim. Before starting her own company, Andrea worked in different marketing & management roles with RTL Group, IP Network, Viacom and Berlinale Intl. Film Festival in both Germany and the USA.

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Sep
7
4:45 PM16:45

THE SHOW YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR: Members of the Webfest Berlin Board of Advisors, Joël Bassaget and Anne Santa Maria, share their top 6 picks from the Webfest Berlin 2018 catalog.

This year, web series and digital content experts, Joël Bassaget and Anne Santamaria, will highlight six programs submitted to Webfest Berlin. During this special session they will explain why they think these picks have a great potential for production or distribution.

Speakers:

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Joël Bassaget 

Originally from France, Joel Bassaget currently lives in Berlin. He has been writing and producing TV cartoons since 1987. In 1998, he created an animated series of 20 second episodes for friends and family to download. The following year, he discovered Icebox.com which inspired him to create a website to watch online animated shows and pilots for future series. He created his own platform, in 2001, with the help of some of his animation friends. The site only lasted about a year, but the experience strengthened his enthusiasm for short form. In the 2000’s he dove in to the ‘seriesmania’ of the time. He created the blog “720 lignes” on LeMonde.fr and then the blog “Des Séries et des Hommes” for Liberation.fr. He co-wrote two books on TV series (“Seriescopie” and “Créatures, les monstres de la television”) and participated in various podcasts on the topic. In 2014, he left “Des Séries et des hommes” to his colleague Benjamin Campion and created “Web Séries Mag”, a blog solely dedicated to web series and also hosted on Liberation.fr. In 2015, he created the Web Series World Cup and completed the first statistical study about the web series phenomenon, “Web Series Anatomy” which was presented in various masterclasses around the World. In 2016, he wrote “Web Series: la nouvelle vague”, a guide to the best web series by genre, and began presenting his “Best of Short Form” session at MIPTV and MIPCOM. At the same time, he began teaching narrative short form and giving lectures for cinema and TV schools around the world. He regularly publishes reviews and analysis and consults for production companies willing to ‘go web’. He has been a member of the Webfest Berlin board of advisors since 2016.

 

Anne Santamaria

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Pioneering the online scripted short form genre in France, Anne is a pacesetter in digital series. She produced the first Studio 4 & Arte France online series of which the multi award winning web series “Osmosis” is now being adapted for Netflix. She has operated within major media players such as TF1, FremantleMedia, Gaumont, Newen Group, consolidating her multicultural and multidisciplinary in-depth experience in linear TV and streaming platforms across various models of scripted content: commissioning, development, production, sales, license and format deals. She now consults globally in Original Content Strategy.

She is a regular contributor as a juror, conference speaker and trainer worldwide to digital content events (WebFest Berlin advisory board, MIPTV, CanneSeries, Conecta Fiction, Quebec Cinema, Are You Series, Luchon, Sicily Web Fest, Die Seriale, Seoul Web Fest, etc.).

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

SCREENING: Comedy

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PRESCHOOL INC (CA)


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OFFSCREEN (DE)


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Love in Translation (FR)


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Sylvain le Magnifique (CA)


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You're the Pest (US)


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Porno Leif (DK)


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Hotel Romanov (UY)


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Der Mann für Die Sünde (The Man for Your Sins) (DE) 


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Filth City (CA)


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Dexter Jackson's Guide to Dating (US)


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DEPTO (AR)


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Small Town Hackers (AU)

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Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

WORKSHOP: Pitching Skills with Anne Santa Maria

Pitching skills : Are you ready to pitch under any circumstances? Tools to push web series concepts and play the pitcher’s role game.

Speaker

Anne Santa Maria

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Pioneering the online scripted short form genre in France, Anne is a pacesetter in digital series. She produced the first Studio 4 & Arte France online series of which the multi award winning web series “Osmosis” is now being adapted for Netflix. She has operated within major media players such as TF1, FremantleMedia, Gaumont, Newen Group, consolidating her multicultural and multidisciplinary in-depth experience in linear TV and streaming platforms across various models of scripted content: commissioning, development, production, sales, license and format deals. She now consults globally in Original Content Strategy.

She is a regular contributor as a juror, conference speaker and trainer worldwide to digital content events (WebFest Berlin advisory board, MIPTV, CanneSeries, Conecta Fiction, Quebec Cinema, Are You Series, Luchon, Sicily Web Fest, Die Seriale, Seoul Web Fest, etc.).

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Sep
8
11:40 AM11:40

PANEL DISCUSSION: GET IN THE GAME - Panelists will discuss the similarities between the gaming and digital short form series industries.

As the gap narrows between gaming and series, our panelists will discuss the similarities between the industries, how to reach the highly coveted and loyal audience of gamers, and the point where the two collide - interactive series. 


Moderator:

Hanna Huge

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After studying business management and working for publishing houses and online news companies in Germany, the US and Austria, Hanna co-founded Serienjunkies.de in 2008. As the managing director she developed Serienjunkies.de into the leading online publisher for fictional TV Shows in the German speaking market. She is an expert on media marketing for TV Channels and TV Shows. Hanna is also an avid critic member of the popular podcasts from Serienjunkies.de and the producer of the Serienbiz-Podcast.

 

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Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

WORKSHOP: Pitching to Commissioners: Do’s and Dont's with Alejandra Del Real

Commissioners, producers and financiers receive countless submissions every day. What can you do to make your idea stand out? Commissioning editor, Alejandra Del Real, discusses the projects that put their best foot forward, and the ones whose treatments almost got them sent straight to the recycling bin. 

Alejandra Del Real

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Alejandra Del Real is a development producer with over 10 years of experience in broadcast, cable and digital. After producing several lifestyle and competition factual series in the United States she moved to Europe to pursue a career in international scripted co-productions. Most recently she served as Head of Int'l Originals for blackpills, an insurgent media company that creates, produces and distributes premium original content for the swipe generation.

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Sep
8
4:50 PM16:50

Telekom Digital Short Form Series Pitch

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5 Pre-selected digital short form series pitches will be presented to Telekom decision makers. 

The winner of the pitch contest will receive €20,000 in development funding for their project. Upon delivery of the developed project, the winner will then be eligible to receive up to €130,000 in production funding – all thanks to Deutsche Telekom!

The pitch contest is open only to German language digital short form series projects. 5 pitches will be chosen from those submitted to pitch live on the Webfest Berlin stage.

Click here to Submit

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