LILLE, FRANCE – March 25, 2019 – Ms. Laurence Herszberg, founder and general director of Series Mania, and professional jury president Meghan Lyvers, SVP Co-Production & Development, CBS Studios International, announced this evening the winning project of Series Mania Forum’s annual Co-Pro Pitching Sessions. Of the 16 projects selected and pitched on the first day of Series Mania Forum, the industry arm of the Series Mania Festival, the jury team selected the French drama series Purple as winner of the Series Mania Forum Best Project Award.
Along with Lyvers, the jury included Nathalie Biancolli, Director of Acquisitions & International Fiction, France Télévisions; Anne Croneman, Head of Programme Film & TV Drama, SVT; Caroline Torrance, Head of Scripted, Banijay Rights; and Christian Vesper, EVP & Creative Director for Global Drama, Fremantle. Together they had the honor of presenting a check for €50,000 to Harold Valentin, Aurélien Larger, and Simon Trouilloud from Mother Production, who are teaming with Judith Nora and Priscilla Bertin of Silex Films and writer-creators Judith Havas and Noémie de Lapparent to produce Purple, a drama set at a ‘90s Paris lesbian nightclub.
“While all of the pitches were of very high quality this year, we were impressed with ‘Purple’s’ key themes of empowerment and optimism. The characters felt dynamic and original, while the story emphasized opportunity and positivity. We believe there is much more of this unique story to be told and it is our hope the €50,000 prize will help the creative team move forward with this ever-relevant series and engage audiences in a larger cultural conversation” commented Lyvers.
“Now in its 7 year, the Forum has become known as the ‘springboard for the series of tomorrow’ and is the place in Europe to connect the creative international community with TV series executives. This year we received 399 projects from 41 countries and were extremely impressed with the quality of projects from around the world,” commented Ms. Herszberg. “We all know how difficult it is to finance the beginning of a project and this is why Series Mania created this €50,000 prize to help the creators finance and develop their ideas.”
Purple is the story of 5 young women in late -1990s Paris. Just about to give up their own dreams, they decide to pull together and open a club: Purple, a safe and free space for women only… Inspired by the true story of the Pulp, a highly famous French lesbian club which redefined the rules of the dancefloor and the electronic music scene, Purple will be a place to cut loose from social conventions and open new frontiers. With this new territory comes empowerment, romances and disillusionment.
Genre: Dramedy, Music, LGBTQ+
Written by: Judith Havas, Noémie de Lapparent
Produced by (Name – Surname – Company):
- Priscilla Bertin (Silex Films)
- Judith Nora (Silex Films)
- Harold Valentin (Mother Production)
- Aurélien Larger (Mother Production)
- Simon Trouilloud (Mother Production)
Development stage: Bible and treatment of the Pilot
Shooting language: French
Shooting location: Paris