UFA Fiction


BBC acquires non-English dramas ‘Señorita 89’ & ‘KaDeWe’ in Fremantle deal

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired two new non-English language dramas, Señorita 89 and KaDeWe – Our Time Is Now, from distributor Fremantle. Both shows will launch in the UK later this year, with the 8 x 60-minute Señorita 89 delving behind the curtain of Latin America’s beauty pageant culture in the 1980s, where hidden amongst the laughter, […]

Sky unveils UFA apocalypse drama among German slate & orders Drama Republic’s ‘The Lovers’

Sky has unveiled three new German dramas, ranging from a show from Deutschland 83 producer UFA Fiction set after a global apocalypse to a “radical reimagining” of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, while the UK division has unveiled details of The Lovers. German drama Helgoland 513: 2034 is set on the North Sea island of Helgoland, which has become humanity’s […]

‘Deutschland ’83’ creator Joerg Winger opens Big Window

Joerg Winger, co-creator of Deutschland ’83 and MD of German prodco UFA Fiction, is launching a new drama outfit under the company’s umbrella. Berlin-based Big Window Productions will focus on the development, production and distribution of high-end drama formats. Winger will lead Big Window alongside Sebastian Werninger and Philipp Driessen. The production team includes Imran […]

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 […]