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Murder Management: Tension in Crime and Mystery

19.02.2018 - Jantje Friese, Alison Norrington, Baran bo Odar

Abduction and murder, time travel, desire and lies – Netflix’s first German-language original drama series Dark weaves a web of intrigue that unfolds across several generations of the members of a small community. First appears a complex thriller that layers multiple characters over a 60-year period. What at first appears opaque gradually reveals its mysteries through twists and cliffhangers. Presenting practical cases from Dark’s development and production, the series' creators reveal their approach to “knowledge management,“ the art of knowing how and when to flaunt and reveal secrets about your characters and their (inter)actions. From the points of view of both director and writer, the showrunners demonstrate how constructing binge-inducing suspense in drama series is all about how and when to play the right card.


Jantje Friese

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Jantje Friese is a screenplay writer and showrunner. After studying Production and Media Business at the University of Television and Film Munich, she became a producer at Made in Munich and Neue Sentimental Film Berlin, supervising the production of commercials. She then produced Baran bo Odar’s feature debut THE SILENCE (2010). After that, she moved into writing and has developed projects for companies in LA and London. She and Odar co-wrote the screenplay for WHO AM I (2014), which earned six German Film Award nominations including Best Screenplay.

Alison Norrington

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Alison Norrington is a writer/producer and the CEO and founder of Storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates transmedia properties with global partners in film, TV, publishing, advertising, branding and gaming. She is a best-selling novelist and playwright, as well as a PhD researcher with an MA in Creative Writing and New Media. Over the past 20 years, she has provided consulting and talent development support for numerous broadcasters and film schools.

Baran bo Odar

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A graduate of the University of Television and Film Munich, the director and showrunner Baran bo Odar made his debut feature THE SILENCE in 2010, which screened at numerous festivals and received overwhelming critical acclaim. He gained international attention with the cyber thriller WHO AM I (2014), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and became a box office hit. SLEEPLESS (2017) was his first Hollywood production, starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.