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Acorn orders first straight-to-series UK drama

North American streaming service Acorn TV has ordered its first straight-to-series drama from the UK. Writer Paul Marquess (Suspects) has been created and written original drama London Kills. Two seasons of 5x60mins will be shot back to back in London, with RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn Media Enterprises coproducing with Marquess’ PGMTV. Acorn Media International will sell […]

Netflix boards ZDF thriller Tabula Rasa

Netflix has launched ZDF Enterprises’ psychological thriller series Tabula Rasa on its platform. The 9×50 series will air globally, with the exception of Germany, the UK and France ,where Netflix has a second window for the series. Tabula Rasa is about a young woman with memory loss, who is the only key in a mysterious […]

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 […]

ZDFE merges factual and entertainment under Rückauer

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has consolidated its factual and entertainment wings under doc chief Ralf Rückauer. ZDFE.entertainment and ZDFE.factual have now merged to become ZDFE.unscripted. Rückauer, who previously led factual, is in charge of the merged division, with entertainment boss Sylvia Brucker remaining focused on that genre within the bigger group. This comes after ZDFE’s long-serving […]

Virgin buys ‘Flemish noir’ brothel drama

UK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium. The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand. The series, produced in Dutch with English […]

ZDFE packaging ‘envelope-pushing’ drama

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) is working with LA’s Rosa Entertainment to package an “envelope-pushing” drama from Jason and Chris Thornton. The commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF has pre-bought The Incorruptibles, and will handle international distribution. Rosa’s Sidney Sherman is executive producer, alongside ZDFE’s Robert Franke and the Thornton brothers, who are both writer/directors. The […]

ZDFE chief Coridass to exit after 25 years

ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Alexander Coridass has resigned after a quarter of a century with the German sales operation. Coridass was one of the co-founders of ZDFE, the sales arm of German pubcaster ZDF, in 1992. He will leave at the end of the year, with Fred Burcksen and Stephan Adrian replacing him as […]

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion rebrands for int’l push

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion has rebranded as Bavaria Fiction as it looks to grow its international business. The Bavaria Film and ZDF Enterprises subsidiary already produces a range of fictional content for free TV, pay TV and streaming platforms in Germany, and is looking to expand its international business. Bavaria Fiction has participated in international coproductions with […]

Walter Presents brings in first Italian drama

Walter Presents, the global television drama service that Channel 4 launched last year, has brought in its first Italian drama, Maltese, from ZDF Enterprises. Maltese is an eight-part series produced by Palomar, pubcaster RAI and Maze Pictures, which stars Kim Rossi Stuart and Rike Schmid. The series tells the story of a police detective who returns […]

Hulu to stream ZDF ballet time-travel drama

US streaming service Hulu had acquired exclusive VOD rights to Find Me in Paris, the time-travel-meets-ballet drama from ZDF and Cottonwood Media. The series, which comes from Ride co-creators Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, will premiere in the US on the broadcast-backed VOD service as a result. Hulu has been making headlines in the past […]

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