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Daniel Burman’s spy thriller Witness 36 takes Berlinale copro pitch prize

The Mediapro Studio’s Witness 36 won the Berlinale Series Market Copro Pitch

BERLINALE: A spy-thriller from Daniel Burman, creator of Yosi, The Regretful Spy, has won the Berlinale Series Market Copro Pitch competition.

Witness 36, which comes from The Mediapro Studio, will now be presented at Series Mania in Lille next month as part of the event’s own copro pitch event.

Written by Natacha Caravia, Juan Matías Carballo and Burman, in collaboration with US producer Michael Nozik, the project is currently in development at Argentine producer Oficina Burman. Burman is also on directing duties.

The creators describe the series as “a reflection on the place of truth in the digital age through the exploration of identity, justice and second chances. Set in the world of espionage, it’s a story that transcends its genre. A story about forbidden love, betrayal, and the difficulty of starting over.”

The story follows English writer Laura MacGill, who is tasked with creating new identities to be assumed by people put into an extra-terrestrial witness protection programme located in Argentina because their revelations could put global stability at risk. But Laura’s life falls apart when she meets a man whose profile turns out to be an accurate reflection of one of the false ID’s she created herself.

The Mediapro Studio is distributing the series worldwide.

Other projects presented here in Berlin were:

  • The Coroner’s Assistant: Blonde, Greece
  • The Palm Line: hugofilm features, Switzerland
  • The Werewolf & Renée:  Junafilm, Germany
  • Wolves: Ma.ja.de, Germany & Europe Media Nest, Czech Republic/Iran
  • Death to Love: Morena Films & Buendía Estudios, Spain
  • The Man with the Crooked Arm: Old Location Films, Namibia
  • Mirrors: SCCA/pro.ba, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • S.O.L.: Warp Films, UK & Rainy Days, Sweden
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    Another project, Executioners, from Vertice 360 in Spain, was also presented after winning the Series Mania pitch last year.

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