The New Heavy Hitters on the TV Block: In Conversation with HBO Adria

17/11 | THURSDAY | 16:00 | ADU F22
Frankopanska street 22
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Television Is the New Cinema

In the last number of years, HBO Europe has been producing TV drama series in Romania, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, so the most highly anticipated news in the region has been the announcement that HBO Adria would also begin producing content. Jasmina Kallay sits down with Steve Matthews, Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe, and Gabor Krigler, Creative  Executive at HBO Hungary, to find out what kind of TV series they are looking to develop and produce within HBO Adria and how they plan to go about it.

Gabor Krigler


In 1999 Gabor Krigler heard the siren call of TV writing and ended up on the writing staff of a daily soap at Grundy UFA. Having emerged to the level of story editor, he burnt out quickly and left after 4 years of hard labour. Based on his experiences, he wrote a book on TV writing and was subsequently invited to teach scriptwriting and dramaturgy at various institutions, among them the prestigious University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. In 2006, he co-founded a script consulting firm and spent the following years as a hired gun, doing script editing and writing. Gabor was offered the job of script development executive at the fledgling Original Production department at the Budapest office of HBO Europe in 2010. He has in the meantime been promoted to Creative Executive, which means he is responsible for all creative aspects of development and production on all Hungarian HBO shows as a producer, the latest being the second season of Golden Life, a crime thriller/family drama. In this role he is also assisting the launch of original production for HBO Europe in the Adria region.

Steve Matthews


He was Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks. For Octagon Films he has also produced four series of RTE’s award winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Development at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions, he worked as a script editor at the BBC on Silent Witness and was co-creator and producer of Channel 5’s late night horror series Urban Gothic. Steve has been a guest lecturer at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, and was an external examiner for the screenwriting degree at Bournemouth University. He joined HBO Europe as Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe in 2014.




Dr. sc. Jasmina Kallay


A screenwriter, novelist and transmedia creator. She holds an MA in Screenwriting (National Film School, Dublin), and a PhD in Interactive Screenwriting (University College Dublin). Jasmina’s YA novel Beat Girl was adapted into a feature and a TV series which was nominated for an International Emmy (2013). She also works as an expert for Creative Europe (MEDIA sub-programme) for film, TV and videogames, and is a script doctor. In 2015 Jasmina wrote Write a Screenplay (HFS/Palunko) – the very first screenwriting manual in Croatian. She is one of the founders as well as a committee board member of the Croatian Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild (SPID).