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FremantleMedia acquires global distribution rights of ‘Deutschland 83’

MUMBAI: FremantleMedia International has acquired the global distribution rights to UFA Fiction’s new eight-part drama ‘Deutschland 83’.

Created by Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, the German-language drama is produced by Joerg Winger and Nico Hofmann (UFA Fiction) and has been commissioned by RTL Television in Germany. ‘Deutschland 83’ is a suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s.

UFA Fiction chairman of the Board and producer Nico Hofmann said, “This cooperation with FremantleMedia International establishes new opportunities for the distribution of German-language drama. As in the case of our recent international hit Generation War, Deutschland 83 is the kind of high quality entertainment that transcends borders and appeals to audiences around the world. Strategically, UFA Fiction will continue to pursue event programming at this international level.”

FremantleMedia International CEO Jens Richter said, “Deutschland 83 is fast-paced, edgy, humorous and highly entertaining. Anna Winger and Joerg Winger, along with UFA Fiction, have elegantly translated a complex idea into a unique high-end drama which we believe will be one of the biggest dramas of 2015.”

The show follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi Foreign Service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harbouring secrets, both political and personal.