UFA Fiction


Fremantle & UFA adapt Robert Harris thriller Munich

FremantleMedia has signed a deal with author Robert Harris to produce the TV adaptation of his latest novel Munich. The international coproduction between FremantleMedia’s Euston Films and UFA Fiction will be shot in the UK and Germany. Munich is a spy thriller set to the fateful Munich Conference of September in 1938. It deals with […]

UFA Fiction exec transfers to Beta

Beta Film has tapped a producer from German compatriot UFA Fiction to become its international development and coproduction chief. Friedemann Goez has been named executive for German, European and international developments and coproductions. Goez was previously at UFA Fiction, where he worked on series such as Beta coproduction The Same Sky, which is from Paula […]

Amazon beats RTL to Deutschland83 sequel

A sequel to German spy drama Deutschland83 has been greenlit and Amazon has scooped the exclusive rights for its German service, ahead of free TV broadcaster RTL, which commissioned the original series. FremantleMedia’s UFA Fiction makes the show, a breakout international hit, and will produce the sequel, Deutschland86, for releases in 2018. Production gets underway […]

ZDF gets to work on Reformation drama

German pubcaster ZDF has commissioned a two-part miniseries about revolutionary priest Martin Luther to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Heaven and Hell – Martin Luther (WT) will run to two 120-minute episodes, with shooting in Prague already underway. FremantleMedia-owned UFA Fiction is attached to produce, with Uwe Janson directing. Stefan Dähnert and […]

Amazon Germany may bag Deutschland 86

Amazon Prime Video Germany looks set to pick up first-run rights to the second instalment of Deutschland 83, with its linear broadcaster wavering on a recommission. RTL has not yet committed to financing Deutschland 86 after the first season, which was critical and ratings smash internationally but fared less well locally. German TV trade site […]

UFA Serial Drama chief exiting after 20 years

Rainer Wemcken will step down as CEO of UFA Serial Drama after 20 years running the prodco. UFA Fiction boss Markus Brunnemann will take over as co-chief executive alongside Joachim Kosack, who has already been running the unit with Wemcken, on January 1, 2017. Brunnemann will also keep control of the fiction division. There have […]

More senior changes at Deutschland 83 prodco

FremantleMedia-owned German producer UFA has named a new chief operating and financial chief officer to replace outgoing CFO Martin Licher. Thorsten Degen (pictured), currently COO, CFO and deputy CEO at UFA subsidiary UFA Serial Drama, began his newly-created post at the start of the year and is now part of the senior management team. At […]

Hofmann set as long-term UFA chief

Nico Hofmann has been named co-CEO of FremantleMedia’s German production business, UFA Group, as part of a longer-term strategy that will see him become sole chief. Hofmann will run Deutschland 83 producer UFA along with Wolf Bauer until September 2017, with Bauer stepping back to focus on producing at that point. The pair will have […]

Another German drama to US network

A German drama set in 1980s East Berlin is heading to a US channel, marking the second such deal in TV history. Weissensee, an intense ARD Degato family drama from Ziegler Film, will broadcast on multichannel net MHz Networks with English subtitles following a deal with distributor Global Screen. This deal follows SundanceTV picking up […]