European networks acquire Naked Among Wolves

Networks in France and Poland have acquired German historical drama Nackt unter Wölfen (aka Naked Among Wolves).

Nackt unter Wölfen

Nackt unter Wölfen

The 1×102′ film has been bought by M6 in France, TVP in Poland, Just Entertainment for Benelux, and LRT in Lithuania.

Global Screen negotiated the deals.

Set in March 1945 in the Buchenwald concentration camp, Nackt unter Wölfen sees a three-year-old Jewish boy smuggled into the camp inside a suitcase and the inmates’ effort to keep him alive becomes a metaphor for their struggle to survive.

The cast includes Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth, and Sabin Tambrea.

It is produced by UFA Fiction for ARD. Stefan Kolditz wrote the film based on the novel of the same name by Bruno Apitz.

Meanwhile, Global Screen is also distributing A Dangerous Fortune (2×90′), an adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel, which will be delivered in January 2016. It is produced by Constantin Television for ZDF.

NBC, RTL, TF1 partner for US procedurals

US-style procedurals are to be developed by a trio of international producers and broadcasters.

NBCUniversal International Television Production has partnered with RTL Deutschland and TF1 will coproduce the dramas – the first time a deal like this has been put together.

Their aim is to produce up to three new series, of between 12 and 14 episodes, every two years across multiple genres.

Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 for autumn/winter delivery.

A creative board led by JoAnn Alfano,  NBCUniversal International Television Production’s executive VP of scripted programming, will direct editorial and greenlight decisions. Other members will include RTL’s Joerg Graf, executive VP of productions and international acquisitions; Bernd Reichart, CEO of Vox Television; two executives from TF1; and Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Television Production.

RTL and TF1 will own the rights in their respective territories, while the dramas will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

Beta Film explores The Valley

German distributor Beta Film has landed worldwide rights to “psycho-thriller” series The Valley – In the Mist of Silence.

The Valley - In the Mist of Silence

The Valley – In the Mist of Silence

The drama – an original production from German pay TV network TNT Serie, sees a man who cannot remember his name wake up in a vineyard near the corpse of a young woman.

The man, played by Friedrich Muecke, then finds himself as a stranger in a strange town and among its inhabitants, who may be hiding a secret.

The cast also includes Antje Traue, and Gudrun Landgrebe.

Directors Till Franzen and Jan Martin Scharf co-write with Arne Nolting.

The Valley (6×60′) is the second original drama commissioned by TNT Serie.  It is produced by Bantry Bay Productions (Gerda Mueller/Jan Kromschroeder) and Twenty Four 9 Films (Philipp Steffens), with Anke Greifeneder as TNT Serie’s executive producer.

The series will air in fall 2015 on TNT Serie in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

FremantleInternational starts The Fight

FremantleMedia International will distribute a new drama from husband-and-wife team Stephen Kay and Piper Perabo.

Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs

Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs

The Fight follows conflict photographer Riley Miller and journalist Carroll Hobbs as they journey across continents, risking their lives to bring back stories and photographs that might change the world.

Kay will write and direct the series, with Piper Perabo set to star as Miller.

The Fight, which is set to run for five seasons, is produced by Corona Television.

DRG shops HBO Europe titles

A trio of HBO Europe dramas will be sold around the world by distributor DRG.

The network’s recently announced remakes of Mammon in Poland and the Czech Republic, plus Umbre, the Romanian adaptation of Small Time Gangster, will be added to DRG’s slate.

Umbre

Umbre

Both programmes are scripted formats licensed to HBO Europe by DRG.

And DRG has secured a deal for all HBO Europe networks to air those finished programmes in their region.

DRG has also optioned rights of additional scripted formats to HBO Europe – Easy Living in Hungary, and Eyewitness in Romania.

Mammon, produced by Norway’s NRK, follows the story of a journalist who is drawn into a world of lies after he uncovers financial fraud involving some of Norway’s most influential figures.

Small Time Gangster, a comedy-drama originally produced by Boilermaker-Burberry Entertainment for Australia’s SBS, is the story of one man’s secret double life.

Noir thriller Eyewitness, also from NRK, follows two teenage boys who play witness to a gangland murder, whilst Easy Living, from Moskito Television for Finland’s MTV3, is a crime-drama about the extraordinary secret life of a father and ruthless business entrepreneur.

FremantleMedia International takes No Offence

FremantleMedia International has struck a deal to sell new police drama No Offence around the world.

Created and written by Paul Abbott, the procedural follows a team of officers as they crack down on crime and attempt to enforce the law in Manchester, England.

Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott

It stars Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, and Alexandra Roach, with Colin Salmon, Will Mellor, and Paul Ritter.

No Offence is produced by AbbottVision, and is due to air in 2015 on Channel 4 in the UK.

Abbott executive produces with Martin Carr.

ZDFE banks first look deals

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has signed first-look deals with two UK production companies.

ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises

The first, Projector Pictures, is behind series including Kidnap and Ransom, and The Body Farm. It is currently working with US premium cable network Showtime on a remake of Kidnap and Ransom.

The company was founded by Trevor Eve, Charles Haswell and Sharon Maughan.

ZDFE has also partnered with Bonafide Films to develop a new slate of projects for the UK and international markets.

The distributor will have exclusive first-look rights to Bonafide’s development slate, handle finance, and take on worldwide distribution for any projects.

Bonafide is currently working on a number of scripted drama projects with writers including Peter Moffat, Peter Straughan, and Sabrina Mahfouz.

Its credits include Talking to the Dead, and Nosferatu in Love.

DCD continues sales for The Slap, Rake

Australian dramas The Slap and Rake are continuing to find new homes after further sales by distributor DCD Rights.

The Slap

The Slap

The Slap (8×60′) has been picked up by Hulu in the US, Societe Radio-Canada, and Kino Polska.

Meanwhile, seasons one and two (16×60′) of legal drama Rake are heading to Fox Africa.

DCD Rights is also distributing The Principal (4×60′), set in a troubled secondary school where a new headteacher’s radical attempts at reform are beginning to make progress – until a student is found dead.

It stars Alex Dimitriades, Aden Young, and Mirrah Foulkes, and is produced by Essential Media for SBS down under.

Season two of Canal+’s Spotless in development

A second season of new Canal+ drama Spotless is in development ahead of the launch of season one tonight.

Spotless

Spotless

The ten-part series, filmed in London, tells the story of Jean, whose quiet life is shattered by the sudden arrival of his brother Martin, who leads them into the world of organised crime. Against the backdrop of Jean’s company specialising in cleaning crime scenes, they must fight to regain control of their lives and their business amid gangsters, corruption and drugs.

Producer Tandem Communications is now developing the second season, as part of its efforts to focus on series development and production after parent company StudioCanal announced it would now handle sales for all of Tandem’s output.

Tandem’s former sales team will now operate under the StudioCanal banner, reporting to Rodolphe Buet, president of international marketing and distribution.

Meanwhile, Tandem’s production team will devote their time to developing, financing and producing primetime programmes for the international market.

The move comes three years after StudioCanal took a majority stake in Tandem, which has enabled the latter to move into the one-hour drama arena, beginning with pan-European crime procedural Crossing Lines.

Production has just begun on its third season, which stars Goran Visnjic, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Donald Sutherland.

The new season is executive produced by Frank Spotnitz and Rola Bauer.

DRG builds drama partnerships

UK distributor DRG is eyeing new dramas after signing partnering with three burgeoning producers.

DRG will have first look rights on all new drama content from Three Rivers Fiction, the fledgling production company launched by Jonathan Drake and Steve Maher. It will also provide international coproduction and global support for new series in development.

Meanwhile, the distributor has signed a two-year worldwide development deal with Hillbilly Films & Television, which counts Random, and Holy Flying Circus among its credits. The company, run by Kate Norrish and Polly Leys, is focusing on returning series.

DRG has also signed a two-year development deal with Runaway Fridge Productions, headed by Stevie Lee, with aims to help the producer build new writer relationships. Its credits include The Making of a Lady.

The Making of a Lady

The Making of a Lady