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.
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.
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.).