Pionniers du Web: The world of web series in France

France is pioneering in terms of web series by having the widest and most promising industrial structures for the new media format within Europe. Wendie 2018 should offer deeper insights for German/international producers and audience about the specifics of the French digital series industry and how it works in context of international cooperations. In how far can the promotion of digital storytelling be seen as a European project facing the worldwide situation of independent web entertainment? Do local politics influence people's urge to create web content or was the penomenon simply born from media market realities, either replacing traditional media or in terms of advertising opportunities?

Speakers

Joel Bassaget lives in Berlin and has been writing scripts for television since 1990. Passionate about new formats and independent production, he created the blog "Web Series Mag" on the French newspaper Liberation website to review web fictions of the whole world. In 2015, he founded the Web Series World Cup and released the first statistic study (“Web Series Anatomy”), in 2016 he published “Le guide des Webséries – la nouvelle vague” and in 2017 was elected first president of the French web creators’ association (WAF).

Anne Santa Maria is pioneering the online scripted short form genre in France. As a pacesetter in digital series, she produced the first Studio4 and Arte France online series of which the multi award winning web series "Osmosis" is now being adapted for Netflix. She was a commissioning editor, creative executive and producer at Groupe TF1, head of drama at FremantleMedia France and a consultant at Gaumont. She also founded a young talents’ incubator and the production label Newen Group.

Pierre Puget is a French writer and director based in Brussels and Berlin. He worked as a broadcast TV director in Brussels for ten years, directing entertainment shows, commercials, opening titles, etc. He also directed two webseries: "Déjà Vu Darling" and "Network Reloaded".  In 2015-16, Pierre was a participant in the Serial Eyes programme for TV writing in Berlin, focused on international serialised fiction and experiencing the writers’ room. In 2017, Pierre shot the pilot for his next webseries "Ping-Pong".