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Exclusive: Shine, BBC Worldwide alum lands at Bantry Bay

Former Shine International and BBC Worldwide exec Dorit Schilling has re-emerged at Bantry Bay, the prodco behind the German reboot of The Red Band Society and The Valley. Schilling has been named head of formats and creative partnerships at Beta Film-backed Bantry Bay and Seapoint, which were founded by Jan Kromschröder and Stefan Oelze in […]

Arte acquires ‘The Pleasure Principle’ from Beta Film

Franco-German network Arte has picked up crime series The Pleasure Principle from Germany’s Beta Film. The 10 x 60-minute series was produced by Apple Film Production in co-production with Canal+ Poland, Czech TV and the Ukraine’s Star Media and was directed by Dariusz Jablonski (Photographer). The show revolves around the murder of three young women […]

Beta Film buys into Fisher King, launches Nordic Studios

Beta Film in Germany has taken a majority stake in Finnish film and TV production company Fisher King and launched Swedish-based Beta Nordic Studios (BNS). The group will serve as an umbrella for Beta’s production activities in Scandinavia, consisting of Finnish production company Fisher King (Nymphs, Bordertown) and Dramacorp, the joint venture set up in […]

Autentic ups Sky Vision alum after sales and production rejig

Beta Film’s non-fiction producer and distributor Autentic is rejigging the senior management team at its production and programme sales division, promoting a former Sky Vision exec and appointing a Bilderfest producer. Mirjam Strasser will become head of sales and acquisitions at Autentic Distribution from January 1, working from the company’s main offices in Munich. She […]

Exclusive: Beta Film’s ‘Agent Hamilton’ picked up across Nordics

Nordic broadcasters TV2 Norway, DR in Denmark and MTV3 in Finland have all boarded Beta Film’s high-profile adaptation of Jan Guillou’s bestselling novels Hamilton. Agent Hamilton is from Dramacorp Pampas Studios and Kärnfilm in co-production with Sweden’s TV4, pan-Nordic streamer C-More, Beta and ZDF, in association with the German broadcaster’s commercial arm ZDF Enterprises. The […]

Sales round-up: Beta scores for drama trio; Wag TV inks 50-hour Polish deal

Germany’s Beta Film seals deals for drama trio Beta Film has struck a series of deals for dramas The Pier (pictured), Trigger and Hassel with the likes of German streamer Joyn, HBO Baltics and SBS Australia. Joyn – ProSiebenSat.1’s joint venture with Discovery – has acquired all three dramas, while in the Baltics, Spanish drama The Pier […]

Beta Film’s ‘Empire Oktoberfest’ begins production

Beta Film has begun production on drama series Empire Oktoberfest for BR/ARD Degeto. Set in 1900, the six-hour series centres on the battle between two family breweries in Munich and stars Mišel Maticevic (Babylon Berlin), Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others) and Klaus Steinbacher (Das Boot). Directed by Hannu Salonen (Shades of Guilt), the drama […]

Cannes Series winners revealed

The winners for the second edition of Cannes Series Awards have been revealed, with Beta Film’s Spanish dramedy Perfect Life winning top honours. The female-focused title created by Leticia Dolera, from Movistar+, took home the Best Series award. Perfect Life’s three female leads Dolera, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán also took home the Special Performance Prize. Beta […]

A “new game” for German drama

The floodgates have opened for premium German drama after a comparatively slow start in the high-end TV market, and now producers and distributors are thinking about getting ahead of the competition. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports Premium German drama made for an international audience has seen a steady but sharp rise in the past two years, as […]

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