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Slovakian Political Drama ‘Our People’ Wins Series Mania Pitching Session

Our People, a political drama series from Slovakia, has won the prize for best pitch at the 2024 Series Mania television festival.

The series explores the true story of the 2018 assassination of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, at their home. Prior to his death, Kuicak had exposed corruption at the highest level of national politics, drawing connections between political leaders, mafia bosses and corrupt businessmen. The twin murders shocked the country and triggered a political crisis, eventually leading to the collapse of the Slovak government.

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Tereza Nvotová and Miro Sifra co-wrote Our People, with Nvotová directing and Jakub Viktorín and Tomáš Hrubý producing for nutprodukcia. Nvotová said she drew inspiration from the work of Adam McKay (Vice, The Big Short) to combine humor with the dark subject matter of the series, which is based on more than 50,000 pages of case files.

A jury, headed by Nina Lederman, Sony Pictures Television evp of global scripted development and programming, picked Our People out of the 15 projects selected and pitched on the first day of the Series Mania’s industry Forum program. The award comes with a €50,000 ($54,000) scholarship.

Our People is a smart, thoughtful, compelling story that enlightens and entertains while giving power to truth. We encourage the writing and producing team to pursue their goal,” said Lederman.

Our People is in SeriesMania looking for co-production partners as well as potential buyers among global broadcasters and streamers.

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