DETECt and Serial Eyes are looking for the next great European crime series!
We are looking for proposals for TV series in the crime genre for either broadcast or streaming services. The proposed show should push the genre in unexpected ways, using crime narratives to explore the richness and complexity of European society. An international jury of top industry professionals will review the final five submissions. The winning author(s) will be invited to attend the DETECt final project conference in Rome in June 2021.
Call for Projects
What We Are Looking For
In the DETECt CRIME SERIES CONTEST we welcome proposals for any kind of crime fiction. We proceed from the assumption that good crime narratives are able to capture international audiences and offer engaging transcultural representations, revealing the profound diversity that characterizes all of European countries and informs the everyday experience of their citizens.
Contest Submission Requirements
We are looking for project proposals (not scripts!) that outline the major elements of the television series. The proposal must be written in English and no longer than 5 pages (A4, standard formatting). Proposals may be for procedural or serialized returning series or for limited series (mini-series). Series length should be 6 to 10 episodes at 25–30 or 45–60 minutes per episode. The proposal should discuss the following elements:
- Overview (brief story synopsis / what makes the series stand out)
- World of the Series
- Character Descriptions
- Season Summaries
- Potential Episodes
- Author’s note
How to Submit
Proposals must be the original creation of a writer or a writing team. Proposals should be saved as PDF files. Be please sure to include on the cover page:
- Name(s) of the writer(s), address, telephone number(s)
- E‑mail address, possibly homepage or similar.
Submissions must be made no later than 1 March 2021 via Serial-Eyes Submission Portal.
Our jury consists of top industry professionals involved in the creation and distribution of crime series.
Karen HassanFor the past 14 years Karen has been the Head of Marketing and Communication at Cattleya: Italy’s leading independent Film and TV production company. Throughout her professional career she has had the opportunity to work hands-on with multiple top-tier distribution companies, broadcasters and SVOD platforms to create integrated marketing and communication campaigns for over 40 films and multiple high-end TV series. Notable crime projects include the series Romanzo Criminale, Suburra, the worldwide hit Gomorrah, recently Petra, as well as the feature films Siberian Education, Suburra and The Immortal, a spin-off of Gomorrah – the series. The Immortal is a highly innovative, unprecedented cross-media project, where a stand-alone movie becomes a segment of the story, and creates a bridge between two seasons of a television series. She has always been a strong advocate of highly integrated traditional and digital marketing plans, and of the paramount need to engage the marketing function from the early stages of production. She continues to actively serve Cattleya on high profile productions, yet since 2019 she has transitioned to a new role as independent movie and series professional consultant, working also with other Italian production companies and industry associations. She takes pride in having been a Founder and Board member of Women in Film, Television & Media Italia.
Steve MatthewsSteve was Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and produced four series of RTE’s award winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Development at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions and worked as a script editor at the BBC on Silent Witness. He is currently VP Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe where he has worked on series including Pustina, Aranyélet, Umbre series 2 and 3, Blinded By The Lights, Uspjeh, The Sleepers, Foodie Love, Gösta, Beforeigners and Patria.
Giacomo PolettiAfter graduating in Communication Sciences at Alma Mater Studiorum, Giacomo spent his career in Mediaset where he held several roles in Marketing, Programming and Acquisitions.
He is currently responsible for managing content acquisition for Mediaset Group channels and platforms, in charge of Global Super-indies, Us Mini-Major, European studios and Italian distributors.
Eva van LeeuwenEva van Leeuwen joined Netflix as a creative executive for Local Language Originals in 2018 to focus on growing the slate of German language Original Series. Born and raised in Düsseldorf, her passion for film and TV led her to studying in Münster and Coventry, before starting to work for various film production and distribution companies in 2006. Prior to joining Netflix she led the theatrical production unit for Sony Deutsche Columbia Pictures for six years and produced movies including “Who am I”, “25KmH” and “Help, I Shrunk my Teacher”.
The winner will be invited to attend the DETECt final conference in Rome, Italy (21-23 June 2021) and have the opportunity to meet the members of the jury (travel and accommodation expenses covered by the organisers). In addition, the winner will be awarded an annual subscription to an online marketplace for films and series in development, including a script analysis and evaluation.
General conditions of participation
- Eligibility: Only writers who are legal residents of the European Union or the United Kingdom may submit.
- The copyright and rights of use of the submitted materials remain with the submitter(s).
3. The submitted works may not be based on works protected by third-party copyright unless permission is granted and documented.
4. The submitter(s) confirms that the project has not been optioned or purchased by a third party at the time of submission.
5. DETECt or its partners are not obligated to option or produce any of the submitted projects.
6. DETECt guarantees that the submissions will only be made available to people involved in the selection process.
The Serial Eyes Crime Series Webinar
In conjunction with the contest, Serial Eyes offers a webinar on writing crime series. In regular weekly instalments Serial Eyes faculty discuss the fascination of writing crime and explain the dramaturgical elements that make up a good crime series. You can follow this webinar series on the DETECt YouTube channel.
Watch the Webinar
Luca Barra, Ben Harris, Federico Pagello, Valentina Re.
Luca Antoniazzi, Sara Casoli, Massimiliano Coviello, Paola De Rosa.