German broadcasters ARD & ZDF combine libraries for joint streamer

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have formally rolled out their combined streaming service, which allows users to watch shows from both brands on one service. The ARD & ZDF streamer provides access to an array of programming such as ARD’s Babylon Berlin and ZDF’s daily Heute-Show, with common search functionality across both broadcasters’ libraries. […]

News round-up: MIPTV embraces FAST; German copro scheme joins All3’s ‘Messenger’; C4 & NFTS strike three-year pact

MIPTV embraces FAST MIPTV a FAST-focused “channel summit” to take place during its April event in Cannes. FAST & Global will explore the rapidly-expanding international opportunities for content producers, IP right sholders, buyers and commissioners. MIPTV organisers RX Media said that a series of “talks, insights and structured networking opportunities” would “take center stage” in […]

TBI Weekly: Exploring Germany’s fast-evolving scripted sector

Germany’s content business is booming, with scripted programming fast becoming a key tool for incumbent broadcast giants and more nascent streamers. Nick Edwards reports from the Berlin TV Series Festival to provide his take on the event and the issues facing the country’s drama industry. The Berlin TV Series Festival, now in its fifth season, […]

US streamer Fox Nation & Germany’s ARD board Plimsoll, ITVS nature ‘epic’

Fox News Media streamer Fox Nation and German broadcasting group ARD have boarded Plimsoll Productions’ and ITV Studios’ natural history series A Year On Planet Earth. The companies will serve as the first international co-production partners on the 6 x 60-minute blue-chip factual series, which is being made by Tom Hugh-Jones (Tiny World) and Dr […]

Arte plots VOD service with ARD, ZDF, France Télévisions

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, president of Arte France, outlining […]

Netflix takes US rights to Babylon Berlin

Streaming service Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to big-budget German drama Babylon Berlin. The series is notable as a coproduction between free TV pubcaster ARD and pay TV provider Sky Germany, with Beta Film distributing it worldwide. Netflix has swooped on US rights, news first reported by German TV trade site SVT in Sweden, […]

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