FORUM DES IMAGES: Come and meet Damon Lindelof, moderated by Olivier Joyard (Les Inrockuptibles)





Damon Lindelof was born in New Jersey to a schoolteacher and a banker. He was also born a writer, although it would take over 25 years to figure that out. In 2004 he met writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams to create a television series about the survivors of a mysterious plane crash – Lost. After six years, a hundred and twenty episodes, and many unanswered mysteries, Damon finally left the island. Since then, he has worked as a writer and producer on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland.
He is currently writing and producing the third and final season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed drama series The Leftovers, which he fiercely defends as “not as depressing as everyone says.” He also wrote this bio.


Damon Lindelof, Jury President for the International Competition

Following last years unveiling of its new competition for world and international premieres, Ms. Laurence Herszberg, general director of Forum des Images and founder of Series Mania, announced today that Damon Lindelof, highly-regarded writer, producer, and film screenwriter, most noted as the co-creator and showrunner of the television series Lost and The Leftovers, has been chosen as Jury President for this year’s international competition, part of the festival which will run from April 13 – 23. Lindelof will lead a prestigious jury, composed of four other renowned personalities, involved in series, cinema, and culture, who will judge ten television series, up from eight last year, and award the Grand Prize and the Special Prize during the Series Mania Festival on Saturday evening, April 22nd. Lindelof follows David Chase, the “father” of the Sopranos, who served as the first president of the official competition that Series Mania initiated in April 2016.
“What an honor to welcome influential showrunner Damon Lindelof who has marked a whole generation of series fans with Lost and The Leftovers, two stories of survival in hostile worlds depicting a tormented humanity while preserving a sense of hope,” commented Herszberg. “Additionally, with thanks to Damon, the HBO team and OCS the French broadcaster, we are thrilled to be premiering the first two episodes of the third and final season of The Leftovers to launch the festival at the mythical theater The Grand Rex. What a gift for our attendees.”