ACE Producers has selected 18 experienced independent producers for the 5th edition of the ACE Series Special.

Nicholas Alavanos – Filmiki – Greece
Writers: Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Yorgos Garefalakis, Panagiotis Melidis

Didar Domehri – Maneki Films – France
“Grey Zone”
Showrunner: Mehdi Ouahab
Writers: Mehdi Ouahab, Céline Bardet

Madeleine Ekman – Nordisk Film – Sweden
“The Making of a Terrorist”
Writers: Leif Edlund, Emelia Hansson

Jessie Fisk – Feline Films – Ireland
“When They All Vanish”
Showrunner: Mark Noonan
Writer & director: Mark Noonan

Dyveke Graver – Eye Eye Pictures – Norway

Matīss Kaža – Trickster Pictures – Latvia
“Arizona Joe”
Showrunner: Matīss Kaža
Writer & director: Matīss Kaža

Jean-Marie Laronze – Special Touch Studios – France
“Kongo, The River’s Kingdom”
Writers: Ori-Huchi Kozia, Jean Bofane, Cyril Tysz
Director: Ori-Huchi Kozia

Vicky Miha – asterisk* – Greece
“Gates of Eden”
Writer: Thomas Tsalapatis

Miriam Nørgaard – Growing Stories – Denmark
Showrunners: Mads Kamp Thulstrup, Christopher Grøndahl
Writer: Christopher Grøndahl
Director: Mads Kamp Thulstrup

Gitte Nuyens – Wilder Content – Belgium
“The Dead Man’s Wife”
Showrunner: Bert Van Dael
Writers: Bert Van Dael, Deben Van Dam, Gitte Nuyens
Directors: Tim Mielants, Deben Van Dam

Tinna Proppe – Sellout – Iceland
Writer & director: Haukur Björgvinsson

Xavier Rombaut – Polar Bear – Belgium
“Bad Blood”
Writers: Bert Lesaffer, Raf Reyntjens
Director: Raf Reyntjens

Laurette Schillings– Topkapi Films – The Netherlands
“The Tata Tragedy”
Showrunners: Anoek Nuyens and Rebekka de Wit
Writers: Anoek Nuyens, Rebekka de Wit and Nathan Vecht

Dmytro Sukhanov – Toy Cinema – Ukraine
Writers: Zhanna Ozirna, Filip Syczynski

John Wallace – Cowtown Pictures – Ireland
Writer: Ger Gleeson

Joram Willink – BIND – The Netherlands
“Dual Use”
Writer: Jan van Dyck
Director: Sander Burger

Anna Zavorszky – Proton Cinema – Hungary
Writers: Agota Benedek, Aniko Mangold

The week-long workshop offers producers the opportunity to expand their understanding of the series production landscape and internationalise their network within the industry. Professionals from companies such as Fremantle, Banijay, and Lionsgate regularly attend as consultants, along with producers and showrunners offering no-holds-barred case studies and discussions.

The ACE Series Special will take place thanks to the support of Creative Europe MEDIA, LIAA – Latvian Investment and Development Agency, and the Netherlands Film Fund. The selected 18 participants represent 12 countries and include a number of highly experienced producers venturing into series production for the first time. Each producer will attend the workshop with a series project in the early stages of development which will serve as a vehicle for their learning.

The workshop will take place from the 30th of October 2023 until the 4th of November 2023. It will mark the first time that an ACE workshop has taken place in Latvia, offering the producers the opportunity to discover the services and locations available in the country.

A previous version of this post included Dace Siatkovska (Latvia – Trickster Pictures) as a participant. As she was unable to attend the workshop, Matīss Kaža (Latvia – Trickster Pictures) has been selected to attend in her place. Also, Knut Inge Solbu (Norway – Fenomen TV Film & Scene) was initially announced as one of the participants, but had to withdraw from the programme.