Heidelberg goes Hollywood – Inside the Writers’ Room
The Writers’ Room project A Dream of Europe is live!
The term “Writers’ Room” refers to a group of several screenwriters working together to produce a film or television series. This highly productive method, now commonly used in the U.S. and other countries, leads to the creation of high-quality, realistic shows.
The advantage of this method is obvious: it leads to increased creativity and productivity through open exchange and direct communication of ideas, as well as the ability to leverage the strengths of each individual involved.
Examples of shows that were created using the concept of the Writers’ Room:
House of Cards, premiered in the USA 2013, Netflix
Game of Thrones, premiered in the USA 2011, HBO
Borgen, premiered in Denmark 2010, DR1
Breaking Bad, premiered in the USA 2008, AMC
Mad Men, premiered in the USA 2007, AMC
The DAI and the Writers’ Room project
While the number of avid readers worldwide continues to decline, audiences of TV shows created in Writers’ Rooms are rapidly growing.
These epic, high-quality shows have been treated in the arts and feature pages of German newspapers as 21st century novels.
Germany lags behind other countries that are already light-years ahead in this area: The production of high quality shows in the U.S. (for example by private stations/broadcasters such as HBO or Netflix) and Scandinavia raise the question of why the highly subsidized German television is unable to create similar shows.
The project “Heidelberg Goes Hollywood – Inside the Writers’ Room“ was called into existence to support Heidelberg’s application as a city of literature for the UNESCO program “Creative Cities”. Its objective is to start a creative project that compliments the wide variety of literary programs that already exist at the DAI in order to create high quality contributions to lead to a new landscape of German and European television.