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Malina is a French U.S-based screenwriter and producer who co-created and wrote many critically acclaimed TV series like "Zodiaque," "Le Maitre du Zodiaque," "Mystère," and "Jo." in both French and English.

Originally from Bulgaria, Malina started writing at a young age. She published several poems and short stories as a teen.

Malina has written for international actors such as Jean Reno, Francis Huster, Jill Hennessy, Claire Keim, Guillaume Depardieu, Tom Austen, Claudia Cardinale, and others. 

Her recent thriller for TF1 "Loin de Chez Moi" (Far From Home) aired in October 2021, which TV Magazine praised as "un thriller implacable!" (an addictive thriller).

Now, Malina is continuing her work for the screen and has started taking her stories to the stage as well.


Malina Detcheva-Rossa



Roy Ashton
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Frequently noted for her ability to create unforgettable characters enmeshed in great dramatic suspense, French writer, director, and producer, Malina Detcheva-Rossa, is perhaps best known for her work on a number of award-winning French TV productions which include several series for the French Channel TF1: Zodiac, Le Maître du Zodiac, and Mystère. Malina also co-created and wrote the TV series, Jo, starring French actor Jean Reno. The series quickly found an international audience, airing in more than one hundred countries.


Malina is a graduate of the European Foundation of Cinema (la FEMIS), Paris, France. As a young filmmaker, she wrote and created two documentaries (Roufinka Ballad and Dermantzi) recounting the story of her family under communism in Bulgaria. Selected in numerous festivals, both documentaries have aired widely with many showings on the French public channel Antenne 2 and the European channel ARTE. 

Malina is a Prix de Rome laureate. She was a filmmaker in residence at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (1992). Her script, According to the Flesh, is an Emergence winner - the French equivalent of Sundance - (1998). 

Malina splits her time between Los Angeles and New York where her twins, Esther and Dylan, live as recent Columbia University graduates.


REsUMe 2



Loin de Chez Moi (Too Far From Home)

• TV Mini-Series  • story  2 episodes  2021


Jo • TV Mini-Series  • created by, story  8 episodes  2013 

starring Jean Reno

The Catacombes (creator)

The Opera (creator) / (story)

Le Marais (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)

Place Vendôme  (creator)

Invalides (creator) / (story) / (teleplay)

Place de la Concorde  (creator)

Pigalle (creator)

Notre Dame (creator)

 Zodiaco • TV Mini-Series • story  4 episodes 2008

- Italian Production

Lost Signs TV Mini-Series • 12 episodes • 2007

- French production (TF1)

12 Signs TV Mini-Series • story  4 episodes • 2007

- German production

Le maître du Zodiaque TV Mini-Series • 5 episodes • 2006

- French production (TF1)

Zodiaque (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay - 5 episodes) (2004)

Résurrection  ... (screenplay)

L'heure de grâce ... (screenplay)

Le ciel d'Esther ... (screenplay)

Le secret de Vénus ... (screenplay)

L'étoile secrète ... (screenplay)

L'arlésien • TV Movie • co-writer 2000

- French production (France 2)

Rouffinka balade • Documentary short • 1991

- French production (Antenne 2) 

Dermantzi  Documentary (1 hour) • 1992



Jo • TV Mini-Series  co-executive producer  8 episodes 

The Catacombes (co-executive producer)

The Opera (co-executive producer)

Le Marais (co-executive producer)

Place Vendôme (co-executive producer)

Invalides (co-executive producer)

Place de la Concorde (co-executive producer)

Pigalle (co-executive producer)

Notre Dame (co-executive producer)

SoeurThérè • TV Series supervising producer • 7 episodes  2007-2009

Crime d'amour  (supervising producer)

Gros lot (supervising producer)

Juliette est de retour  (supervising producer)

Meurtre au grand bain (supervising producer)

Thérèse et le voyant  (supervising producer)


Profilage • TV Series • supervising producer  6 episodes  2009

Quelqu'un de bien (supervising producer)

Derrière le masque (supervising producer)

Paradis perdu (supervising producer)

Le fils prodigue (supervising producer)

- Sans rémission  (supervising producer)


 Père et maire • TV Series • supervising producer  6 episodes • 2007-2008

Miracle à Ville-Grand! (2008) ... (supervising producer)

Ah, la famille! (2008) ... (supervising producer)

Un plus petit que soi (2007) ... (supervising producer)

Poids plume (2007) ... (supervising producer)

Mariage à trois (2007) ... (supervising producer)

I Am My Sister! • TV Movie • supervising producer 2008

Une suite pour 2 • TV Movie • supervising producer • 2008

L'arlésien • TV movie • supervising producer • 2000

Dossier: disparus (TV Series) (supervising producer - 12 episodes)  1998-2000

De père en fils (TV Movie) (supervising producer) 1999

Jeanne et le loup (TV Movie) (supervising producer) 1998

Mes enfants étrangers (TV Movie) (supervising producer) 1998

L'histoire du samedi (TV Series) (supervising producer - 1 episode) 1996

L'année du certif (1996) ... (supervising producer)

Rouffinka balade (Documentary short) (executive producer) 1991



Dermantzi, un automne en Bulgarie • Documentary • 1992

-French production (ARTE)

Rouffinka balade • Documentary short • 1991

- French production (FEMIS Antenne 2)


Mystère • 2007 • TF1 Editions

Prix de Rome Winner

Malina wrote an adaptation of Saint Augustin’s “Confessions” for which she received the coveted Prix de Rome and was granted a one-year residency in the prestigious Villa Medici in Rome. During her time there, she worked on her documentaries, which were featured on European networks in the following years. She was mentored by French Academy Award honoree screenwriter Jean Claude Carriere.


Selected for the Emergence Director's Lab

Malina’s screenplay titled “According to the Flesh” was selected in the Emergence Director’s Lab more commonly known as the French Sundance Festival, where she was given funds and mentorship under Academy Award winner Gerard Depardieu to produce highlight scenes from her script. She had the opportunity to direct world renowned French actors Claudia Cardinale, Guillaume Depardieu, Marie Gillain, and Matthieu Demi.


Selected for the World Poetry Anthology

Her poem, “Archeology of the Future”, that she wrote as a teenager, was published in a nationwide Bulgarian literary magazine and was printed in the World Anthology of Poetry.

  • Dramatic Arts Conservatory, Sofia, Bulgaria, Bachelor's Degree in Film Analysis and Theory, 1989

  • La FEMIS, Paris, France, M.A. in Filmmaking – the Director’s program, 1991


  • American Film Institute Workshops, Los Angeles - Mythology and Archetypes (writing class); Blocking the Scene (film directing class), 1998

  • UCLA Extension Program - Writing for Cinema; Writing for TV; the Actors Studio and Meisner Technique for Film Directors 

  • BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Auditor/Lyricist, 2018-2021


Film and TV

Co-writing the third season of Zodiaque, a TF1 TV series co-created by Malina

Newen Studios and TF1 Productions

Conceptualizing the adaptation of Marc Ruskin's memoir
"The Pretender" into a TV series

The Media Company, Paris

Developing "Unsealed",
a musical movie

Orpheus Films, Inc.

Theater and Musicals

Developing the musical

"Paint me like a French Girl" 

Orpheus Films, Inc.

Developing the musical comedy "Troubadours"

Orpheus Films, Inc.

Developing the musical

"Parallel University"

Orpheus Films, Inc.

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