Bavaria Film’s Television Division Plays on Global Stage

Variety | 1/31/2019 | Ed Meza
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Bavaria Film’s powerhouse TV division boasts some of Germany’s hottest shows, and it is achieving worldwide success as it increases its focus on international co-productions.

Launched in 2007, Bavaria Fiction produces a wide range of scripted formats, from daily and weekly series to TV movies and lavish event productions, including Germany’s favorite cop show.

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The company recently enjoyed a huge hit with “Das Boot,” which has sold to more than 100 territories around the world, including the U.S., where it streams on Hulu. Co-produced with Sky Deutschland and U.S. group Sonar Entertainment, the miniseries is a sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s hit 1981 film and likewise based on the books of Lothar-Günther Buchheim.

“Das Boot” is the first major production to come out of Bavaria Fiction’s international TV unit. Launched three years ago, the department is headed by Moritz Polter.

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Polter is overseeing a number of international co-productions, including “Freud,” a mystery-thriller co-produced with Satel Film for Netflix and Austria’s ORF, with ZDF Enterprises handling world sales. Other recent shows include “Arctic Circle,” a Nordic crime drama co-produced with Yellow Film & TV for Finland’s Elisa Viihde and YLE.

Interest among international producers in partnering with Bavaria Fiction has increased significantly in recent years, says Polter. While the company has regularly worked with neighboring partners in Europe, Polter notes that interest is noticeably higher in the Anglo-Saxon region.

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“With the rise of internationally successful TV dramas from Germany, they are realizing that we have creative people, writers who can develop series that find recognition and audiences abroad. There is now more interest in working with German writers. We stand for quality....
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