On 21 November 2019, World Television Day is celebrated all around the globe. On this occasion, we would like to highlight the impact of EU funding to strengthen the TV content sector by investing in the development, production and market access of some of the best European TV series.

Through Creative Europe MEDIA, the EU has supported the production of TV series since 1991. It contributed to the growth of high-quality TV productions broadcast across several territories, and has given to independent television producers the artistic freedom to make cutting-edge content.

Every year, Creative Europe MEDIA opens a call for proposals under the TV scheme with two different deadlines, and the results of the last one in 2019 have been recently announced: 20 TV series will receive an EU grant under the TV programming scheme.

The call for proposals received 59 applications from 14 countries, and the Evaluation Committee was glad to see an increasing trend in co-production projects, being the case of almost 70% of the submissions. This shows that cooperation between countries proves to be a winning formula not only to get access to EU funding, but also to extend the life of the works and make them travel easier across borders.

Among the 20 selected projects, there are already existing series asking for support for a second season, as well as new creations. They are split in:

4 animation projects:

  • Royals Next Door”, an original and entertaining project developed as an organic co-production between Finland, Belgium and Spain.
  • Meneer Papier” from the Belgian company Mokingbird Production, an appealing series with a unique and singular visual style.  
  • Ollie”, also a Belgian project but this time by Lunanime.
  • MOKA”, a project led by France telling the story of a little crocodile whose curiosity and impulsive behavior are constantly getting them into trouble.

7 documentary projects:

  • "Angels of Sinjar - 21st century genocide", a Polish-German co-production of high artistic quality.
  • Victims of the Vikings”, an interesting documentary from the Austrian company Interspot Film, bringing new historical knowledge on a topic that is appealing for a broad international audience, and bringing both a female and male perspective on the subject.
  • Misha’s story”, a British-led project about a holocaust memoir which is revealed to be fake, written to mask an even more audacious deception.
  • School Shooters”, the third release of Frida and Lasse Barkfors' trilogy on social stigma, examining guilt and shame. Coming from Denmark, it addresses the phenomenon of school massacres but with the new perspective of focusing on the parents of the shooters.
  • Walkabout”, by Bungalow Town Productions in the UK.
  • Transylvania’s Wild Side”, from Irish Crossing the Line Productions.
  • Seapower –A Story of Battleships”, a German-led project telling the history of 20th century naval warfare through the personal stories of the men and women who sailed, fought, and died on these incredible machines.

9 fiction projects:

  • My Brilliant Friend 2”, the second season of Elena Ferrante’s adaptation drama that already received a MEDIA grant in 2017 for the produciton of its first season.
  • Shadowplay”, a German idea set in the Berlin of 1946 and telling how citizens try to rebuild their lives after the war.
  • The Sommerdahl Murders”, an eight-part German-Danish crime drama.
  • Dry Water”, a new crime drama presented by Spanish Portocabo in co-production with Portugal.
  • "The Investigation" from Miso Film in Denmark, an original crime show based on a famous true case, with strong potential for circulation across borders.
  • "Beau Sejour 2", the second season of a Belgian series where the main character explores his own death.
  • We children from Bahnhof Zoo”, an ambitious and provocative series based on a bestseller book; co-produced by Germany, Czech Republic and Italy.
  • Find me in Paris 3” from the German company Cottonwood GmbH, the only series of the fiction selection targeting the young audience. 
  • "Sloborn", a German-led project telling the story of what happens when a deadly virus hits a small community living on an island in the North Sea.

Overall, MEDIA will fund these projects for a total amount of €7.4 million.

More information about the call and the beneficiaries on EACEA's website.

More information about EU's support to TV series in the factsheet.