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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 DWDL.de. SVT in Sweden, […]

Sky and Scandis buy Babylon Berlin

Beta Film has sealed a raft of deals for Babylon Berlin, the upcoming €40 million (US$42 million) German period drama. Pay TV operator Sky has acquired the show for the UK and Germany, and Beta Film has also locked in several Scandi deals, with SVT Sweden, NRK Norway, DR Denmark, YLE Finland and RUV Iceland […]

German pubcasters miss Discovery Olympics deal

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

UK, Germany clean up at international Emmys

Programmes from the UK and Germany led the way at the International Emmy Awards in New York last night, winning six of the gongs that were up for grabs. UK winners at the event, which was presented by Alan Cummings, came in the Best Performance by An Actor, Comedy and TV Movie/ Mini-Series categories, while […]

Deal Monitor: 16 programming deals at a glance

In a week that began with MIPCOM recuperation and the news TV titan Time Warner was being sold to telecoms giant AT&T, telly companies have quietly been getting on with their post-market deal-making. One major deal announced Thursday saw Chinese state-owned children’s channel CCTV-14 acquiring Kate & Mim-Mim (season one) and Tree Fu Tom (s1-2), […]

New German VOD net buys NRK drama

A new German VOD platform, Canal+’s SVOD service in France and Channel 4’s Walter Presents have bought an NRK drama about three young women struggling to live adult lives. The deals are the first three distributor About Premium Content has secured for Nordic drama Young and Promising, and highlight the growing buying status of on-demand […]

German nets salute Armoza’s Local Heroes

German pubcaster ARD has ordered a local version of the Local Heroes format, while German-language commercial rival ProSiebenSat.1 has taken the finished series. Israel-based Armoza distributes the format and struck the deals. The format follows the emergency services as they go about their daily work. It launched on VTM in Belgium as Local Heroes: Through […]

Netflix explores German History X

Netflix has bagged exclusive SVOD rights to ARD drama NSU German History X in six major territories. The streaming service has bought rights to the show in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and will debut the scripted series on Thursday as local Netflix Originals. The high-end drama, based on true […]

BBCWW secures detective series presales

BBC Worldwide has shopped upcoming detective drama Maigret to France 3, Germany’s ARD, Sweden’s TV4 and Denmark’s DR. The deals are the first the BBC’s commercial arm has brokered for the 2x120mins film miniseries, Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man. The films star Rowan Atkinson as legendary French detective Jules Maigret. “The Maigret […]

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