Beta Film

RTL preps German period drama ‘House Of Promises’ from X Filme & Beta

TVNOW, RTL Deutschland’s streaming service, Berlin-based production company X Filme Creative Pool and production-distribution firm Beta Film have partnered for a new high-end period drama, House Of Promises (working title). The 12 x 60-minute series, which is currently being shot on location in Berlin, Brandenburg and Görlitz, is set in 1920’s Berlin and chronicles the […]

TBI Show of the Week: The Winemaker

The Winemaker is a thrilling tale involving a murderous plot and the Mafia, all set against the stunning vistas and landscapes of the South Tyrolean vineyards in Italy. The series revolves around successful winemaker Matteo, who has built a comfortable life for himself and his family. What his family doesn’t know is that decades ago, […]

Exclusive: Topic, HBO Max, SBS Oz buy Russian drama ‘Dead Mountain’

US streamer Topic and HBO Max in Latin America are expanding their Russian drama offerings after striking a deal to acquire noir scripted series Dead Mountain: The Dyatlov Pass Incident, with more deals in the works. The show debuted earlier this year on Russia’s Premier.One and is based on the true story of how nine […]

Amazon expands Italian scripted push with mafia & YA series

Amazon has commissioned a dark mafia comedy for its Prime Video service in Italy, along with a coming-of-age drama about twins. The Bad Guy is from local producer Indigo Film and is set in Sicily, with Gomorrah’s Ludovica Rampoli, David Serino and Giuseppe Stasi co-creators. The story follows a local judge unfairly accused of being […]

Beta snags global rights to France 2 drama ‘The Island Of Thirty Coffins’

German distributor Beta Film has expanded its French offering by acquiring global rights to The Island Of Thirty Coffins. The crime series is based on the eponymous novel by Maurice Leblanc and has been created by Elsa Marpeau (Capitaine Marleau) and Florent Meyer (Lupin), with Frederic Mermoud (The Returned) directing. The 6 x 60-minute drama is […]

TF1 in France & Austria’s ORF join Beta Film drama ‘Sisi’

France’s TF1 and Austria’s ORF have picked up Sisi, the upcoming drama for RTL Group that explores the life of the iconic Empress. The six-hour drama recently started shooting in the Baltics and will continue in Austria, Hungary and Germany. It is being produced by Jens Freels and Andreas Gutzeit’s Story House Pictures, in collaboration with Satel Film and […]

Beta Film hires BluTV exec to lead new Turkish division

Germany’s Beta Film has launched a Turkish division and appointed former BluTV executive Sarp Kalfaoğlu to head up the new office from Istanbul. Kalfaoğlu was previously a producer and then head of drama at Turkish TV service BluTV, where he specialised in the strategic and creative process of scouting and producing original series. The appointment follows […]

Show of the Week: Professor T

Original Death In Paradise leading man Ben Miller returns to the detective genre with this new drama that tackles as many mental health issues as it does violent crimes. Miller plays the titular Professor Jasper Tempest – aka Professor T – a brilliant but unorthodox criminology teacher at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, who is […]

Show of the Week: Libertad

Issues of liberty and freedom lie at the heart of this period drama, set in early 19th-century Spain, and following the story of Lucia “La Llanera”, who is released from prison after 17 years, along with Juan, the son she bore behind bars. Incarcerated following a showdown that led to the supposed death of Juan’s […]

Beta Nordic Studios acquires ‘Atlantic Crossing’ & ‘Wisting’ prodco Cinenord

Beta Nordic Studios (BNS), the Scandinavia-focused division of Germany’s Beta Film, has taken a majority stake in Atlantic Crossing and Wisting producer Cinenord. The Norwegian outfit was founded in 2004 and is led by Silje Hopland Eik and Alexander Eik. It produces multiple genres including family entertainment, Nordic Noir thrillers and historical drama, and will become the fourth company under […]

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