Leading Long Formats: From Film Production to Series Production

Thea Mikkelsen, Business Psychologist and Consultant

When going from making movies to making tv-series everybody with a leading position has to go through a transformation from being project managers to being culture managers.

Leading a long production where the end is often not known from the beginning, the material has an enormous complexity and indefinite possibilities and the staff is not the same throughout the whole production. This requires another way of developing content than traditional filmmaking.

Many professionals trained in the movie industry have had to develop a new way of leading and managing both the creative and practical aspects of drama production when starting to make tv-series. This way of leading looks a lot more like traditional leadership and requires the ability to develop a creative culture.

In this session business psychologist and consultant to creative industries, Thea Mikkelsen will go through some of the major differences between movie production and series production when it comes to taking on a leading role, and what specific leadership skills are necessary for anyone in a leading position doing long formats.

A native of Copenhagen, Thea Mikkelsen has been working as an executive coach with top-level managers and specialists in Scandinavia in fields such as media, architecture, banking, politics, and the arts as well as as a designer and facilitator of leadership courses for museums and the media and architecture sectors in Denmark and Norway.

Thea Mikkelsen is the author of three books on professional creativity including her recent book on professional creativity: Coaching the Creative Impulse – Psychological Dynamics and Professional Creativity is published by Routledge.

Session: Leading Long Formats: From Film Production to Series Production

Date: Friday, 30 October
Time: TBA
Venue: Filmby Aarhus, Studio 1, Aarhus, Denmark

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