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C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023

C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023

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Winner announced

The winner of the C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023 has been announced in The Digital Pitch Results Show, where a panel of industry judges discuss the shortlisted seven projects and share their thoughts on what makes a good pitch. The judges were impressed by the range, originality and ambition across all projects.

The winner of the C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023 is The Five Diaries from writer Phil Gregory and Rialto Distribution NZ. View the winning pitch here.

The judges felt The Five Diaries presented a very compelling pitch which understood how to successfully unveil a story. They were hooked by the synergy of the landscape between New Zealand and the evocative landscape of 1980’s London. The judges felt the pitch had an interesting structure with many twists and turns, which added emotional layers to keep the viewer hooked. A unanimous winner, the judges praised the pitch for its clarity whilst also having great visual elements to enhance the presentation of the story.

The Five Diaries will now receive a marketing package through C21Media worth £30,000 to support development and pre-sales of the show.

In addition, the judges identified L/over and The Rush, as worthy of an honourable mention.

The judges loved the title for L/over, enjoying the way it reflected the complexity and duality of the story. They thought it had compelling themes and a very relevant subject.

The Rush was praised for its ambition and global reach. The judges liked the way the project revisited history through the eyes of minority groups, giving the story a new perspective. They also felt it tapped into the holy grail of drama – appealing to both men and women.

About the initiative

The C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023 was born out of the high standard of entries received for the C21 Drama Series Pitch 2022. From more than 90 submissions from 33 countries, 10 projects were selected to pitch live at Content London. A further seven projects were chosen to create the Digital Drama Pitch.

The C21 Digital Drama Pitch 2023 was open to early-stage scripted drama and comedy series from established producers and distributors from all corners of the world. Providing a high visibility opportunity for companies aiming to use as a marketing platform to release new series.

The seven shortlisted shows featured early stage drama and comedy projects spanning the USA, France, New Zealand, South Africa and Finland.

The judges looked for audience appeal, how well the projects had been developed and planned, the potential for international travel and the strength of the team behind it.


Hover for detail. To see the full list of judges please CLICK HERE

Philippa Collie Cousins Senior commissioning editor – drama

Malin Nervander Head of development

Angie Stephenson SVP, scripted development
BBC Studios Los Angeles

Michele Zatta Commissioning editor, international coproductions
Rai Fiction, Italy

Lorenza Bizzarri Script editor and fiction producer
Rai Fiction, Italy

The C21 Content Budapest Series Pitch

The C21 Content Budapest Series Pitch is now open for entries, with a US$20,000 marketing prize for the winner and shortlisted projects showcased to C21’s international community of 200,000 International Entertainment Industry executives. Please click here for more information and to enter.