Eric Welbers

NDF brings in ex-UFA chief

Former UFA Serial Drama chief Rainer Wemcken has joined another German production company, Neue Deutche Filmgesellchaft. Wemcken exited FremantleMedia-owned UFA Serial Drama (fka Grundy TV) after two decades last year in a management restructure, and has now become a producer at NDF. The hire is another coup for NDF, which last year brought on Beta […]

Beta’s Welbers to join German indie

Eric Welbers’s next post will be at German independent film and TV producer Neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft. He joins the firm as managing director, international productions and new business development after it emerged he was leaving his MD position at Jan Mojto’s production group Beta Film. ndF is oneof Germany’s oldest independent production companies, having launched […]

NATPE Europe: Welbers exiting Beta Film

Eric Welbers will leave Beta Film in the next few weeks, after almost twenty years at the Munich-based producer and distributor. Welbers was speaking at NATPE yesterday on a coproduction panel moderated by TBI. He confirmed he is leaving Beta, where he is managing director. The seasoned TV exec will remain in the international business […]

Beta Film takes on the Mafia

Italian crime writer Roberto Saviano, whose mafia exposé Gomorrah lead to death threats, tells Jesse Whittock about the scripted TV remake of the book, which Beta Film launches in Cannes film. The real crime genre continues to pay for broadcasters, with ABC in Australia announcing Underbelly drama spin-off Fat Tony and Co. in August as […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]