Germany’s UFA unveils docs arm as parent Fremantle extends factual push

German production house UFA is launching a new documentary division, as part of parent Fremantle’s strategy to expand its global factual offering. UFA Documentary will focus on creating docs, hybrid-docs and serialised features, with the new unit to be led by CEOs Gwendolin Szyszkowitz-Schwingel and Marc Lepetit. Szyszkowitz-Schwingel joined UFA last week having previously held roles […]

Nico Hofmann takes the helm at UFA

Nico Hofmann has become the sole CEO of German prodco UFA, a move that has been in the works since 2015. Hofmann will assume overall management responsibilities for all operations and units within UFA, working closely with parent FremantleMedia’s global network, including its worldwide production units and licensing and sales operations. Remaining on FremantleMedia’s operating […]

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 […]

UK, Germany clean up at international Emmys

Programmes from the UK and Germany led the way at the International Emmy Awards in New York last night, winning six of the gongs that were up for grabs. UK winners at the event, which was presented by Alan Cummings, came in the Best Performance by An Actor, Comedy and TV Movie/ Mini-Series categories, while […]

Spanish net remaking Turkish drama The End

Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco has ordered a local version of well-travelled Turkish scripted format The End. The Spanish series will be titled El Accidente and goes on air next year, with Globomedia attached to produce, as previously reported. This is the third European remake of the crime drama. In the Netherlands, Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13) […]

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 […]

German miniseries Ku’damm 56 continues

Following strong ratings and international sales, German period miniseries Ku’damm 56 will continue in a new guise. Ku’damm 59 (WT) will keep the same cast and continue to follow the life of Caterina Schöllack and her three daughters in a restrictive 1950s Germany. FremantleMedia-owned UFA will again produce for pubcaster ZDF, with the latter’s commercial […]

FremantleMedia takes majority stake in MCN

FremantleMedia has upped its stake in European multichannel network Divimove to take majority control of the business. The X Factor and Idol company first took a minority stake in Divimore in late 2013, a year after Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam founded the MCN. FremantleMedia is now the firm’s majority shareholder. In […]

Germany, France to remake Turkish drama, Netflix buys tape

German network Sat.1 is developing a local version of Turkish conspiracy drama The End, while Shine France is also preparing a local version and Netflix has acquired the original. The German deal will see FremantleMedia-owned UFA developing a remake for the ProSiebenSat.1-owned terrestrial channel Sat.1. The End, which Ay Yapim produced in Turkey and Eccho […]

SBS6 to remake prison drama Wentworth

SBS6 in Holland is set to become the second international broadcaster to remake Australian women’s prison drama Wentworth for a local audience. The show will premiere on March 6 with producer FourOne.Media, which is a part of the FremantleMedia International family that sells the format, attached to produce. The Dutch-language show will be known as […]