News

The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is launching a new annual industry event in cooperation with RIGA IFF and TET – Magnetic Series, a pitching and networking event focused on the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic countries.

The day-long conference on the future of drama series will take place in hybrid form, with participants on the ground in Riga and online via video.

Latvia’s largest technology and entertainment company Tet will stream Magnetic Series’ fully produced, high quality viewing experience live on Friday 16 October from 11:00-18:00 CET on the Riga International Film Festival website: https://rigaiff.lv/en/forum-2020/magnetic-series/.

With US studios seeing their production pipeline slowed down and global viewership of non-English content up, Magnetic Series’ two panels and two case studies will hone in on the potential for episodic content in the Baltic Sea region including Russia, the Nordic countries and Germany.

Future Perspective will examine developments in the production of non-English drama series, featuring the Head of Content of Elisa Ani Korpela (Finland), screenwriter/showrunner Valeria Richter (Denmark), producer Alexander Rönnberg (Sweden), producer Artem Vasilyev and Fremantle’s Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Global Drama, Christian Vesper (UK).

Berlinale’s Head of Series Julia Fidel (Germany), producer Ilkka Matila (Finland), Film Republic’s Managing Director Xavier Henry-Rashid (UK/Estonia) and Fortissimo’s General Manager Gabriëlle Rozing (the Netherlands) will discuss festival, sales and distribution trends in Launching A Non-English Drama Series.

Two case studies will dissect the successful German series BIOHACKERS with showrunner Christian Ditter and the upcoming DYATLOV PASS from Russian showrunners Valeriy Fedorovich and Evgeniy Nikishov, sold by Beta Film’s Leonid Godik.

“With international co-productions like CATHERINE THE GREAT shooting in Latvia’s baroque monument Rundale Palace, we created Magnetic Series to take the production of our own drama series to the next level,” comments Kaspars Rožkalns, director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA). “To have such thought-leaders in the field as part of the conference is a testament to the momentum building up in the country and the Baltic Sea region. Their contributions will help the Latvian industry make crucial connections on a global level.”