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Friedemann Goez joins Beta Film's international TV arm

5 July 2017 5:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Same Sky exec joins German production and sales outfit.

Beta Film has hired producer Friedemann Goez for its international TV wing.

Goez will work across German, European and international productions, with the goal of strengthening Beta’s TV department.

He previously worked for Volker Engel at his Us-based company Uncharted Territory, before joining Nico Hofmann’s Ufa Fiction in 2014.

His credits include German series The Same Sky.

Moritz von Kruedener, managing director commented: “Beta’s growing involvement in international TV production requires not only experience and a good sense for storytelling, but also team spirit and strong personal skills. Friedemann combines all these qualities to help contribute to Beta’s future production engagements.”

Beta’s forthcoming TV productions include crime drama Babylon Berlin with Sky, X-Filme and Ard Degeto, which will be broadcast this autumn. »

- (Tom Grater)

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Germany Increases Film Funding by 55% to $161 Million

16 March 2017 5:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The German government on Wednesday approved a 55% increase in film funding to €150 million ($161 million), marking a major victory for the country’s film industry as well as for German culture and media commissioner Monika Grütters.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet authorized a €50 million ($53.7 million) boost in the country’s German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) for 2018 to €125 million ($134 million) as well as €3 million ($3.22 million) more for separate culture film funding for smaller projects to €25 million ($26.8 million).

The increase follows a recent hike in this year’s Dfff pot of €25 million ($26.8 million) for a separate funding pool within the Dfff aimed specifically at international co-productions and big-budget domestic films. Next year, this second funding pool, dubbed Dfff II, will grow to €75 million ($80.5 million).

Grütters has also said she would seek more funding for local VFX companies — a move that would likely increase the number of international projects coming to Germany, which boasts »

- Ed Meza

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