Sky Deutschland has commissioned two new scripted series – Garten Eden, about a bipolar star chef who must return home, and darkly humorous hospital drama KraNK Berlin.
Garten Eden follows Jakob Eden, a celebrity chef with far too much mouth, a penchant for light drugs and bipolar disorder. When his late father’s restaurant is on the brink of ruin, Jakob’s brother Simon has only one option: to get Jakob back in the kitchen of the ‘Garten Eden’ to guarantee an urgently needed cash injection from an investor.
The eight-part series is produced by Hager Moss Film in association with Sky Studios. It is created, written and directed by Boris Kunz with executive producers Sophie von Uslar, Stella Flicker and Tobias Rosen (for Sky Studios). The producer is Jan Ehlert and co-producer is Jakob Pochlatko for Epo Film.
KraNK Berlin, meanwhile, is set around Neukölln Hospital, which has the dubious distinction of being one of the toughest and most overcrowded hospitals in Germany. After a patient bleeds to death in the understaffed emergency room, young Munich doctor Zanna takes over, however her reform measures meet with resistance from the hospital staff – especially the anarchistic emergency doctor, Ben.
Samuel Jefferson is the lead writer on the eight-part series, which is produced by Violet Pictures and Real Film Berlin in association with Sky Studios. Fabian Möhrke and Alex Schaad are set to direct with Alexis von Wittgenstein and Henning Kamm as executive producers. Florian Handler and Tobias Rosen executive produce for Sky Studios.
Both series, which are set to begin production this year, were revealed at the Berlin International Film Festival by Tobias Rosen, who was appointed as VP of Babylon Berlin and Das Boot producer Sky Studios Deutschland last year. He said that the two new shows “symbolise our ambition to expand the range and breadth of our German-originated slate, bringing customers something they’ve never seen before on Sky.”