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This new 3-day module is an extension of our 3-day Advanced Development Workshop. The participants are expected to have either attended the main workshop or to have read Screenwriting Unchained, as this module is based on the innovative Story-Type Method® introduced in the book/main workshop.

This workshop covers the following topics:

Day 1

  • Writing a TV Series with the Story-Type Method: Introduction and trends
  • Different Types of TV Series (serial, procedural, hybrid, limited, anthological, etc)
  • Superficial TV Series Design: It's all about Logistical Format
  • Underlying TV Series Design: It's all about Dramatic Structure

Day 2

  • Pitching and Developing an Irresistible Bible
  • Writing a Compelling Pilot or First Episode
  • World-building in a TV Series
  • Developing a Plot-Led TV Series. Case study: Stranger Things (The Duffer Brothers)

Day 3

  • Developing a Character-Led TV Series. Case study: Sex Education (L. Nunn) or After Life (R. Gervais)
  • Developing a Theme-Led Series. Case Study: Big Little Lies (D. E. Kelley) or Occupied (J. Nesbo, E. Skjoldbjaerg and K. Lund)
  • Developing a TV Series as a Hybrid or an Exception. Case Studies: Mr. Robot (S. Esmail), Fleabag (P. Waller-Bridge) and Happy Valley (S. Wainwright)
  • 12 Ways to a Stronger Series and Conclusion

Photo Credit: ACE Producers

What's in it for you?

Based on Oberg’s innovative Story-Type Method®, this workshop explores the crucial distinction between conventional TV Series formats and the actual story structure lying underneath.

The aim of the workshop is to equip storytellers (writers, directors, producers, showrunners, story editors, development execs) with a detailed understanding of the principles at play in the pitching and development of a TV Series for broadcast or online streaming.

The workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without compromising the storytellers' creative ambition.

Using clips, examples and exclusive case studies from successful TV series such as Stranger Things, Killing Eve, Breaking Bad, Sex Education, Occupied, Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Big Little Lies, Fleabag, Happy Valley, Mr. Robot and many others we’ll look at the flexible yet powerful tools and techniques needed to master this popular storytelling form.

Finally, we’ll explore how to create an irresistible bible, a compelling pilot, unforgettable characters and addictive storylines that audiences around the world will want to watch week after week once they’re hooked on the first episode...

An enlightening experience

I did the Advanced Development Workshop and I really enjoyed the experience. It brought to the forefront the importance of a solid structure in order to enhance the impact of storylines without necessarily compromising creative expression. Emmanuel uses practical examples to breakdown the theory into practice which I found very useful. I would definitely recommend this course if you want to dig deep into the heart and soul of your story and give it legs. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Sinead Collopy
Screenwriter

Great tools

This workshop is great. Leaving you with many tools to help with redrafting and reassessing your bibles and pilots. Thanks Emmanuel. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Paul Walker

Extremely enlightening and informative

Extremely enlightening and informative. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Conor Matthews

Brilliant!

This 4 day online course was really enjoyable. Emmanuel presented it very well and it was interesting from start to finish. The tips and advice given to us will most definitely be used in the future and I appreciate it very much. Thank you. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Niamh Ní Chualáin

Highly Instructive Webinar

I found Emmanuel’s course immensely beneficial. He combines an encyclopaedic grasp of his subject with a natural flair for communication and shares his knowledge with great generosity and passion. I was able to apply the information and insights immediately to my scripts. I could not recommend his courses more highly. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Peadar Cox
Ros na Rún

Advanced TV Development Workshop for NEM in Zagreb

The workshop was so well-structured, easy to follow and it felt like the focus was put on just the right things. Even when you hear about the stuff you already know about, like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you see it in a different light and it gets you to think about your own projects immediately. I would definitely recommend it!

Daria Keršić

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

If you want to dig deep and even deeper: this is the way to go. It is explained well, every step of the way, so you can apply what is thought.

Helen Perquy

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not.

Arash T. Riahi

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

A helpful, necessary and stimulating approach to structure!

Laura Gragg
Our Advanced Development Workshop has been commissioned by:

Writing a Successful TV Series Workshop:
Fees on June 1st, 2020

All amounts exclusive of 20% VAT, when applicable

Independent Production Company
£4,995.00(3-9 participants)
  • Includes preparation and delivery
  • Travel & accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
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Would you like to bring your script development skills to the next level and give your TV Series project a total makeover?

This package will train creative producers, development execs, story editors and writer/directors working for the same independent production company, making sure that everyone in the team is on the same page and equipped with the best tools when discussing TV Series. A separate slate assessment service can be arranged (fee to be defined depending on the number of projects in development).

One or more extra day(s) for project work can also be booked alongside the workshop to allow meetings on individual projects immediately after the last day. See the next column for more details.

This 3-day module is an extension of our 3-day advanced development workshop. Participants are expected to have attended the main workshop or read Screenwriting Unchained.

Optional One On One Day
£1,995.00For project work meetings
  • Includes preparation and delivery
  • Up to four projects per day (90mn meetings)
  • Actual fee varies, written notes optional (see below)
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While the TV series Workshop is very practical and allows the participants to focus on a specific project if they want to, there is no time during the workshop to discuss individual projects (except maybe briefly during the breaks!).

A number of extra days can therefore be booked along with the workshop to make time for specific projects to be read in advance and discussed with the creative team (producer, writer, director, showrunner) immediately after the last day.

This fee includes preparation work for up to four projects. It varies depending on the exact number of projects and the actual amount of work requested (for example, written notes given after the meeting are an extra cost).

Beyond the strength and weaknesses of the screenplay, we'll try to look at the bigger picture and discuss which resources might be needed to move each project forward and which potential partner(s) might be involved.

Regional/National Fund or Studio
£5,995.00(10-20 participants)
  • Includes preparation and delivery
  • Travel and accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
Get more information

This version of the workshop is aimed at regional / national funds or  organisations who would like to train a larger number of participants (usually up to twenty). It's also the option a studio would go for to train a larger development team and/or to train all the writers working with them in development.

The content of the workshop can be fine-tuned to a specific audience (for example producers, story editors and development execs, or writers and directors).

While the tools are the same, the approach can be slightly different depending on the participants' role in development. This being said, the workshop works equally well with a mixed audience as long as participants have roughly the same level of experience.

This 3-day module is an extension of our 3-day advanced development workshop. Participants are expected to have attended the main workshop or read Screenwriting Unchained.

What People Say About Our TV Series Workshop

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 9 ratings)

An enlightening experience

I did the Advanced Development Workshop and I really enjoyed the experience. It brought to the forefront the importance of a solid structure in order to enhance the impact of storylines without necessarily compromising creative expression. Emmanuel uses practical examples to breakdown the theory into practice which I found very useful. I would definitely recommend this course if you want to dig deep into the heart and soul of your story and give it legs. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Sinead Collopy
Screenwriter

Great tools

This workshop is great. Leaving you with many tools to help with redrafting and reassessing your bibles and pilots. Thanks Emmanuel. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Paul Walker

Extremely enlightening and informative

Extremely enlightening and informative. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Conor Matthews

Brilliant!

This 4 day online course was really enjoyable. Emmanuel presented it very well and it was interesting from start to finish. The tips and advice given to us will most definitely be used in the future and I appreciate it very much. Thank you. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Niamh Ní Chualáin

Highly Instructive Webinar

I found Emmanuel’s course immensely beneficial. He combines an encyclopaedic grasp of his subject with a natural flair for communication and shares his knowledge with great generosity and passion. I was able to apply the information and insights immediately to my scripts. I could not recommend his courses more highly. [Online TV Series Workshop for Creative Europe Galway, May 2020]

Peadar Cox
Ros na Rún

Advanced TV Development Workshop for NEM in Zagreb

The workshop was so well-structured, easy to follow and it felt like the focus was put on just the right things. Even when you hear about the stuff you already know about, like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you see it in a different light and it gets you to think about your own projects immediately. I would definitely recommend it!

Daria Keršić

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

If you want to dig deep and even deeper: this is the way to go. It is explained well, every step of the way, so you can apply what is thought.

Helen Perquy

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not.

Arash T. Riahi

TV Series Workshop for ACE Producers

A helpful, necessary and stimulating approach to structure!

Laura Gragg
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References

ACE Producers (NL)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Creative England
Creative Europe Ireland
Creative Europe Belgium
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland
Film I Väst - Svenska Filminstitutet (SE)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Film Kolevtiv (CZ)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
iFeatures (UK)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Media Desk Galway (IR)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
NEM Zagreb (CR)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen Skills Ireland
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SE)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)
Zimmedia (SA/UK)