Set to take place alongside MipTV, Canneseries was founded by David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes and is presided by former French culture minister Fleur Pellerin, Variety reported.
Lewi, who joins Canneseries from iTunes, where he was head of the European editorial TV and independent movie team, will be in charge of the competition, as well as the selection of the international jury whose first members will be announced at Mipcom in October.
"Over the past 10 years at iTunes, I witnessed the revolution of series. In this period of what is commonly called Peak TV, festivals are necessary to highlight the best content, bring together talents, showrunners, producers, journalists and the widest possible audience," said Lewi, who previously worked at France's top commercial channel TF1 as creative advisor and pay TV channel Canal Plus as editorial advisor for films and TV.
At Canneseries, Lewi will work alongside Managing Director Benoît Louvet, the former exec VP of TF1 Group.
"Canneseries aims at becoming the worldwide anchor event for series. I trust that Albin Lewi, our new artistic director, will put all his talent and passion to deliver a great selection for the first edition in 2018," said Pellerin.
Aside from his lineup of drama series, the festival will host a short format competition, as well as a free screenings, master classes, panel discussions and a co-production forum.
Canneseries will run from April 4 to 11, 2018. Meanwhile, another festival dedicated to international drama series and subsidized by the French government will take place about a month later in the North of France, in Lille.