Entertainment Master Class (EMC), established in 2005 as a new platform for peer-to-peer television industry education, launched the Showrunner Society, a hybrid online/in-person community for showrunners and media executives. Alta Global Media will lead the international strategy of the company, whose first face-to-face masterclass is planned for this summer in Germany with the support of the film financing agency Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.
Described by EMD as “a new way for experienced writers and writing producers to learn the craft of Showrunning”, the platform was designed as a transmedia experience offering users the opportunity to meet and interact with established showrunners. from their own region and from around the world. .
In addition to a wide range of online offerings, the crown jewel of the Showrunner Society will be its annual four-day in-person Showrunning Masterclass where a small group of experienced writers, directors, producers and executives will be joined by showrunners. from around the world for a series of mentoring sessions and possible shadowing opportunities. The Company will also produce a podcast and video interviews in which some of the world’s most experienced showrunners will talk shop.
The Showrunner Society’s launch advisory board includes an impressive quartet of industry talent, including Emmy-winning writer-producer Tom Fontana (“Oz,” “Borgia”), writer-director Richie Mehta (” Delhi Crime”), producer and former HBO Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”, “Plan Coeur”) and Big Window Productions EP and general manager Jörg Winger (“Deutschland 83”).
“There are more opportunities than ever to make series and tell stories that haven’t been told,” Thomopoulos said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this program and to work with the most talented new creators in the world to help bring these stories to the screen.”
“With the incredible amount of television being created these days, it’s essential to have a place where showrunners from everywhere can meet to share ideas and experiences. We also need a place to nurture the next generation of showrunning talent,” added Fontana.
“Showrunning requires a unique skill set that goes beyond treatments and scripts. It’s about knowing how to turn a creative vision into a production reality,” explained Christoph Fey, EMC co-founder and CEO of Showrunner. Society “The Showrunner Society aims to empower new talent in the industry to gain the experience necessary to have their voices and stories heard.”
“The Showrunner Society offers a chance for the next generation of talented writers and producers to work with and learn from the best showrunners in the world. As the demand for quality content increases across the world, the program is a way to build a new model for creating successful long-running series,” added Parisian showrunner and Showrunner Society director Steven Bawol (“Borgia”).
EMC launched its first Format Masterclass in 2005 and a Comedy Masterclass the following year. In 2010 he organized the first Management Masterclass and in 2014 his first Showrunner Masterclass. The traveling Masterclass program has continued to evolve over the years, with EMC regularly updating its curriculum and pedagogy, always favoring a mentor-like experience rather than pushing a teacher-student dynamic.
More information can be found at https://www.showrunner-society.com/