Beta Films

Show of the Week: Agent Hamilton

Agent Hamilton is Beta Film’s high-profile adaptation of Jan Guillou’s bestselling novel series Hamilton, with the show set to receive its world premiere next month at MIPCOM. The 10 x 60 minute drama has a central English-language narrative and was originally commissioned by Bonnier Broadcasting for its linear network TV4 and streamer C-More. The series, […]

Beta Film links with China’s WeKids for Asian distribution

Germany’s Beta Film has partnered with Chinese producer-distributor WeKids to distribute its children’s programming globally. Under the deal, WeKids will take over distribution for Beta’s German animated pre-school series Patchwork Pals (52 x 4 minutes) in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, as well as English-speaking Canada. The show, which is co-financed […]

Game of Thrones producer creates prodco with Beta & ZDF

Germany’s Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) have joined forces with Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger to create a new drama business for the international market. Intaglio Films will operate as a joint venture out of Berlin, and will aim to develop, finance and produce English-language programming. Doelger (left), who is known for executive […]

Nebout’s indie developing Swedish thriller for TV

Patrick Nebout’s Dramacorp is developing Swedish novelist Jan Guilou’s Hamilton books for television. Hamilton will be a coproduction of Sweden-based Dramacorp and Swedish IP rights company IRLC. Mia Sohlman, who joined Dramacorp recently, with executive produce with Nebout. This marks one of the first major projects Dramacorp has entered into after launching in April as […]

CBC opening local Grand Hotel in Egypt

Egyptian channel CBC is today launching a remake of Spanish period drama Grand Hotel following a deal with German distributor Beta Films. The show will debut today in the Ramadan ‘super-primetime’ period – when fasting Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa region deliver networks massive ratings spikes. It will also launch on other […]

SundanceTV acquires mafia drama Gomorrah

US cable net SundanceTV has acquired the first two seasons of Italian crime drama Gomorrah. The first season, which comprises twelve episodes, will premiere on the AMC Networks-owned channel this summer. SundanceTV acquired the drama from The Weinstein Company, which has rights in North America. Germany’s Beta Films sells the show in most international territories, […]

RTL, Beta plot big-bugdet Wild West drama

Germany’s RTL and Beta Film are coproducing a big-budget Wild West drama, with shooting beginning in Croatia. Winnetou (WT) is based on a popular German-created Cowboys and Indians adventure novels from Karl May and will be a 3x90mins. German producer Christian Becker (The Wave) is attached to the project through his Rat Pack label, with […]

Sky, ARD set up ‘pioneering’ German drama

Sky Deutschland and ARD are two of four partners attached to a German-produced crime thriller series that is being described as a “milestione” in the creation of big-budget series from the territory. Babylon Berlin comes from Sky Deutschland, X-Filme, German pubcaster ARD and indie Beta Film. Based on books from Volker Kutscher, the high-end drama […]

UK, Dutch vendors acquire Beta’s mafia series

Distribution companies in the UK and the Netherlands have acquired local all-rights packages to Gomorrah, the Beta Films-sold remake of the Italian mafia expose novel of the same name. Arrow Films in the UK and Holland’s Luminere, both best know as film distributors, have acquired the 12-part series. The deals both include pay TV sales […]

Andie MacDowell, Gomorrah’s Saviano add star power to Beta

Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell and Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano will attend MIPCOM to present new series from Germany’s Beta Film. MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) is co-starring in 14x60mins US legal drama series Cedar Cove, which is currently broadcasting on Hallmark Channel in the US while Saviano will be on hand to present Gomorrah, […]