Berlinale Series Market 2024

Cold Cases & Hot Flashes – The Rise of Crime and Relationship Dramas in challenging times

Monday, February 19th • 3pm 
CinemaxX • Hall 3 • Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
Panel discussion followed by a networking event

Discover the alchemy of storytelling that turns cold cases into hot trends, blending suspense with emotion. From gripping whodunits to heartwarming love stories, our panelists will share insights on how these genres have become evergreen.

In an era of uncertainty, the power of storytelling remains undimmed – but why are crime and relationship dramas particularly compelling right now? What is it about the thrill of solving mysteries and the complexities of human relationships that resonate so profoundly with viewers during these challenging times?

Join our discussion where top executives will shed light on these questions, drawing insights from their respective series created in Finland. Among them is Primetime Emmy-winner Ran Tellem (Mediapro Studio), renowned for bringing us the female-led crime investigation series, The Paradise, currently heading for its third season. Helene Aurø (REinvent International Sales) will introduce two compelling series – Hormones! and Seconds. The latter is a suspense-driven drama centered around a train accident investigator and her own unsolved tragedy, while Hormones! is a comedic exploration of menopause, along with the struggles of modern-day parenting.

Jemina Jokisalo (Solar Republic) brings us Money Shot, an upcoming drama-comedy narrating the journey of a washed-up porn actress who, after being fired from her latest role, navigates the quest for livelihood – ultimately culminating to the creation of a feminist porn company. Jamie Lynn (Fremantle) offers a glimpse into the world of the upcoming psychological thriller Revenge where family secrets reach a boiling point, stirred by the presence of the most charming snake in paradise.

Focus on Finland promotes the visibility and international awareness of Finnish content. The partners joining Audiovisual Producers Finland – APFI are YLE and Film in Finland.


Panelists & projects:

Helene Aurø / Sales & Marketing Director / REinvent / Seconds (6×50′) and Hormones! (8×45′)

Helene Aurø is a renowned TV sales executive with over 20 years of experience in the Nordic market. She has been instrumental in promoting Danish and Nordic content on a global scale, including acclaimed series like Borgen, Legacy, The Killing and Follow the Money.

Seconds is a suspense- driven drama about train accident investigators’ work and the protagonist’s own unsolved tragedy. Series produced by Fire Monkey. 

Hormones! seeks to shed a comedic light on both the female and male menopause and at the same time the everyday struggles of divorced families, modern parenting, and the emotional struggles that follow.
Series produced by Dionysos Films.


Jemina Jokisalo / Head of Drama/ Solar Republic / Money Shot (8×25′)

Jemina is an experienced screenwriter and Head of Drama at one of the largest independent production companies in Finland. She has wide expertise in domestic and global content, both scripted and unscripted formats.

Money Shot
Washed-up porn actress gets fired from her last role and has to find a new way to make a living.
She teams up with an aspiring director who struggles to get into film school. Together they start a company that produces feminist, erotic films and begin a journey to fulfill women’s desires – and their own.
Series produced by Solar Republic.


Ran Tellem / Head of International Development / Mediapro Studio / The Paradise

Ran Tellem, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer on Homeland, joined The Mediapro Studio in 2016 as Head of International Content Development. His latest works include The Head,  The Submarine, Implacables and The Paradise.

The Paradise, s3
After a young Spanish man is found dead in Finland, the investigation leads our police detective trio to the Canary Islands where they discover a dark world of illegal waste trafficking.
Series produced by ReelMedia, co-produced by Mediapro Studio & Media Musketeers Studios


Jamie Lynn / Head of International Development / Fremantle / Revenge (8×44′)

Jamie is a senior executive at Fremantle, responsible for securing commissions and co-productions for scripted projects and documentaries. He recently brokered the attachment of Channel 4 to the upcoming Alice & Jack series and is also responsible for Fremantle’s EMEA distribution business.

Ostracised by his family after attacking his brother as a child, Jesse Halme uses his good looks, charm and talent for manipulation to return to his homeland and seek revenge on the family who took his former life from him.
Series produced by Moskito Television.


Marike Muselaers / Head of International Financing and Co-Production / Nordisk Film Production