Netflix: Promotes Next Generation of German-Speaking Screenwriters, Launches Acceleration Program With Impact →

  • In collaboration with the American creative network Impact, Netflix wishes to discover new talents and storytellers from all walks of life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Until January 1, 2022, potential participants can apply for the mentoring program here

Berlin, November 15, 2021 – In collaboration with the entertainment technology startup Impact, Netflix is ​​launching an acceleration program for promising screenwriters from German-speaking countries. After Impact’s collaboration with Netflix in Los Angeles, the program continues for the first time in Europe, starting with Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

During the submission and application process, up to five promising writers with outstanding film or television ideas are selected and accepted into Impact’s mentorship program. For eight weeks, they will be paired with experienced industry professionals in the United States to develop a script for a live-action movie or serial pilot. The five screenwriters selected will receive fees from Netflix for the screenplay they will develop in the workshop as part of a writing agreement with Netflix.

The program will run from May 2 to June 24, 2022. Citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland or permanent residents can apply from now until January 1, 2022 with a well thought out idea as well as a sample of writing. Further information can be found at

An opportunity for the next generation of creative talent

The partnership with Impact is another step for Netflix to discover authentic and new talent in German-speaking countries and to counter the shortage of skilled workers in the film industry. It is part of the global Grow Creative initiative, with which Netflix, under the leadership of Chris Mack, is committed to breaking down barriers to access and creating conditions and structures in the film industry in which talent Creative under-represented groups in society can also achieve. more easily in artistic professions.

In addition to the personal mentoring program, screenwriters will participate with Impact executives, screenwriters and film and television talent in weekly seminars and Q&A to gain in-depth insight into the areas of film development and television as well as production.

“Impact was founded to create new technologies and systems to democratize access to the entertainment industry, uncover global talent at scale, and rapidly generate original intellectual property. Netflix has been our biggest supporter from the very beginning and has purchased 13 original film and series projects from Impact Writers Around the World, with two of their films in production. Their commitment to telling original, global stories and investing in new talent is unmatched, and they know better than anyone how technology can empower artists and the creative process. We couldn’t be happier working with Chris and the Grow Creative team to discover fresh and diverse voices in the DACH region and share their stories with the world, ”said Impact CEO Tyler Mitchell.

Sasha Bühler, Director, EMEA Film, and Steffi Ackermann, Director, Local Language Series DACH, Netflix: “We believe in investing in the next generation of creative and diverse talent. As an integral part of the German film industry, therefore, we want to increase our engagement here. In doing so, Impact has found innovative new ways to seek out undiscovered talent and stories and develop them further with world-renowned writers and showrunners. The success of the program speaks for itself and we look forward to receiving applications from local talent and continuing to work together. ”

About Impact

Founded by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and led by CEO Tyler Mitchell, Impact was created to solve problems in the entertainment industry. Through its acceleration programs, Impact discovers, cultivates and nurtures creative storytellers around the world through its innovative talent identification and mentoring system, which empowers promising writers to break into the industry within months. Impact’s talent identification system is able to quickly assess thousands of applications while ensuring that all creatives have equal access, opportunity and transparency.

Since its inception in 2018, Impact has built a network of over 65,000 creators in over 140 countries and developed 76 original projects, 41 of which were acquired by leading entertainment companies including Netflix, Sony, FX, Warner Bros., Amblin. , Chernin, eOne, Village Roadshow, Legendary, Scott Free, Midnight Radio, Imagine and many more. Last year, 33 Impact alumni sold a new project or were hired as staff for shows on Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Disney +, HBO Max, CW, FX, Nickelodeon, Hulu, and BET. The Netflix EMEA deal builds on previous work with Netflix’s US Studio Film division.

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