‘The Crown’ & ‘Peaky Blinders’ Fight It Out In Rose D’Or Awards As Joanna Lumley Scores Lifetime Achievement Award

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It’s a big day for awards nominations… but before we get to the Emmy noms, The Crown, Peaky Blinders and The Handmaid’s Tale are going head-to-head against German series Babylon Berlin in the Rose D’Or awards.
The four shows have been nominated f…

MipTV: Beta Film Sells ‘Babylon Berlin’ to Africa, India

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Beta Films has secured new deals which will see acclaimed German crime drama “Babylon Berlin” debut across Africa and India. South Africa-based broadcaster M-Net, which is owned by Africa’s biggest subscription television network MultiChoice, has acquired rights across the whole of the African continent. Indian rights have been acquired by Tata Sky, the joint venture […]

Berlin Facetime: Actor Volker Bruch of ‘Babylon Berlin’

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Volker Bruch’s career has been on the rise for the past decade but it was his major role in “Babylon Berlin,” Germany’s biggest-budgeted TV series, that cemented his status as one of the country’s leading stars. Bruch plays Gereon Rath, a haunted and drug-addicted young police commissioner in 1920s Berlin who is investigating a pornography […]

Tallinn Black Nights Adds Series and World Premieres to Festival Lineup

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Estonian festival Tallinn Black Nights has added a trio of international TV shows to its lineup. Buzzy German drama “Babylon Berlin,” Russian series “Gogol,” which had a theatrical release in Russia, and “Chernobyl: Zone of Exclusion” will be part of the festival. The full Black Nights lineup will be unveiled Friday, with U.S. movies including […]

Tom Tykwer Named President Of Berlin Film Festival Jury In 2018

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German filmmaker Tom Tykwer has been set as President of the jury for the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. As one of the highest-profile German directors working in the past 25 years, it’s hard to believe Tykwer hasn’t previously held the role. He has, however, presented six films at the Berlinale since 1992.
His first time at the festival was with short film Epilog in the 1992 Panorama section. He has also opened the fest twice with Heaven (2002) and The International (2009)…

‘Babylon Berlin’ Delivers 1.2 Million for Sky

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“Babylon Berlin” has garnered 1.2 million viewers for Sky in Germany, making it the most popular launch ever on the platform aside from “Game of Thrones.” The series, set in Berlin in the roaring 1920s, is the most expensive ever out of Germany. The launch episode hooked 577,000 linear viewers for Sky in its Friday […]

HBO Europe Picks Up German Drama ‘Babylon Berlin’

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HBO Europe has acquired big-budget German period drama “Babylon Berlin.” Beta Film distributes the upcoming series, which is set in Berlin in the roaring 1920s, and has sealed deals across Europe. Telefonica has acquired the show for Spain, and Group AB has snagged the rights for France. Scandinavian pubcasters DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, […]

International Newswire: Beta, ZDF Talk High-End Series Partnership

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In today’s International Newswire, Beta and ZDF’s commercial arm mull a partnership for upscale scripted series; Golden Globe-nominated director Klaus Haro delves into the shady side of the art-world; and A+ E’s Edward Sabin headlines Mip Cancun, a Latin American TV event that’s growing in importance. ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster… Read more »

Sky Set To Increase Funding On Originals By 25%; Confirms Launch In Spain

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Sky is ramping up efforts to compete with streaming giants such as Amazon and Netflix with plans to increase investment in Sky original programming by 25%. In an earnings report released on Thursday, the European pay-TV giant also confirmed plans to launch in Spain as the company returned to profit growth in the fourth quarter following a year of investment.
The company, which is awaiting a verdict from UK regulators over whether Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox can buy…

Stars of ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Join Effort to Highlight German Cinema (EXCLUSIVE)

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Six German actors have been chosen to lead the second wave of an effort to highlight German cinema around the world after a year that saw the success of such films as Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” and high-end television dramas like “Deutschland 83.” Volker Bruch (pictured, far left), star of Tom Tykwer’s eagerly anticipated TV series “Babylon… Read more »

IMG To Sell BBC’s Agatha Christie Dramas; ‘Little Big Shots’ Takes Aim At Oz – MIPTV

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Agatha Christie Productions has appointed IMG as international sales partner for its upcoming slate of seven new Christie dramas. In August last year, ACP entered a deal with BBC One for the films to be produced over the next four years by Mammoth Screen. The adaptations kick off with Ordeal By Innocence which Sara Phelps is penning and which starts shooting in the summer. The book, one of Christie’s darker works, examines the psychology of innocence and is also said to…

Mike Myers To Play His Mentor In Betty Thomas’ ‘Del’; ‘American Animals’ Cages Cast – Berlin Briefs

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Mike Myers is set to star as his mentor Del Close in the comedy Del from director Betty Thomas. The film follows an aspiring comedian who is taken under the wing of Close, a legendary teacher notorious for pushing his students to their limit. What begins as a disastrous relationship ultimately transforms each of them. Covert Media is producing alongside the Second City, State Street Pictures and Thruline Entertainment. Covert is fully financing the film and handling…