Keshet Int’l forms scripted unit in Germany to be led by Axel Kühn & Christina Christ

Axel Kühn & Christina Christ

Keshet International (KI) is launching a standalone scripted production company in Germany, which will house the operations of its existing Keshet Tresor Fiction (KTF) label.

Keshet Germany will have the same remit as KTF, which was launched five years ago as part of KI-backed Tresor TV. Its focus was leveraging the Israeli company’s scripted formats such as Prisoners Of War and The A Word.

The new German unit will continue to focus on local adaptations and hosue shows such as Unter Freunden Stirbt Man Nicht  (You Don’t Die Among Friends), a remake of Stockholm for RTL+, and ARD Degeto’s How To Dad.

False Flag

It will also develop and produce original scripted series and films for the German and international market, such as KTF’s 6 x 45-minute thriller Der Schatten for ZDF neo.

Keshet Germany will remain based out of Munich and will be run by joint MD’s Axel Kühn and Christina Christ, who is promoted from her current role as KTF’s director of fiction.

All staff currently working for KTF will remain with the new unit, while Kühn will remain MD of Tresor’s unscripted operations.

Keren Shahar, KI’s CEO, said: “I am incredibly proud of what Christina and Axel and all the team at Keshet Tresor Fiction have achieved in the five years since we launched the scripted division in Germany specifically to leverage KI’s scripted catalogue there.

“Their hard work, determination, and sheer talent for what they do has propelled our scripted operations in Germany forward and I look forward to seeing what comes next from them and Keshet Germany.”

Kühn and Christ added: “Our focus at Keshet Germany will be on rebooting internationally recognised IP like Keshet’s False Flag and Dr. Mabuse, while also reimagining characters of cultural significance in Germany, like legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker.”

Current shows include a German adaptation of False Flag, which is in development, and a rebooting of the Dr Mabuse crime franchise. A reimagining of notorious 14th Century German pirate Klaus Störtebeker is also in the works, with streamer/broadcaster details on all projects not yet confirmed.


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