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Amazon Confirms Culture-Clash Comedy as First French Original Series (Exclusive)

Amazon has continued moving into international originals with “Deutsch-Les Landes,” its first in France. The series is a co-production between Germany’s Bavaria Fiction and France’s Newen and is set in a French village on the verge of bankruptcy that welcomes a German company and hundreds of German workers, setting up a culture-clash comedy.

French talent includes Marie-Anne Chazel, Sylvie Testud, Roxane Duran (pictured), and it is directed by Denis Dercourt. The series was penned by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier who were behind French comedy film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis.”

In Germany, the series is called “Germanized,” and is the first original for telco Deutsche Telekom’s EntertainTV service. The show is French- and German-language, and German talent includes Christoph Maria Herbst (“Stromberg”).

“We are very happy with the development and pre-production activities for ‘Germanized,'” said Wolfgang Elsaesser, head of Deutsche Telekom’s TV business. “Bavaria Fiction
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Mipcom: Deutsche Telekom Greenlights First Original Series 'Germanized'

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is getting into the series game.

Deutsche Telekom on Friday unveiled its first-ever original fiction commission, greenlighting a 10-episode order of Germanized, a half-hour comedy series, for its streaming platform EntertainTV.

The culture clash comedy, in which 200 Germans “invade” a picturesque but bankrupt Basque village, features Christoph Maria Herbst, star of Stromberg, the German version of The Office, and French actress Roxane Duran (Riveria, The White Ribbon).

Germanized is a co-production between Germany's Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and France's Telfrance (Newen Group) and was developed and co-written by Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot, co-writers on hit French...
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Deutsche Telekom Orders First Original, Culture-Clash Comedy ‘Germanized’

Deutsche Telekom Orders First Original, Culture-Clash Comedy ‘Germanized’
Deutsche Telekom has greenlit “Germanized,” a culture-clash comedy series about a French village on the verge of bankruptcy that welcomes a German company and hundreds of German workers. It is the first original for the telco’s EntertainTV service.

Christoph Maria Herbst (“Stromberg”) and Roxane Duran (“The White Ribbon”) will star, with shooting slated for next spring ahead of a launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The French and German-language show hails from a Franco-German team. Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot (“Les Guignols de L’Info”), from the French side, and Thomas Rogel (“Heute Show”) and Peter Güde (“Stromberg”), from Germany, co-created the half-hour comedy. “Das Boot” producer Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and Newen’s production company Telfrance will make the France-Germany co-production.

“After Uhd and the first exclusive series for EntertainTV, the next logical step is original productions,” said Deutsche Telekom’s Michael Hagspihl. “With our partners we have put together a strong team with stellar expertise in
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Hitler Sightings In Berlin? Constantin Trots Out Look-Alike For ‘Borat’-Esque ‘Look Who’s Back’

Exclusive: Constantin Film is going undercover for Look Who’s Back, its big-screen adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel that imagines the return of Adolf Hitler to modern-day Germany. The powerhouse German company is replicating the Borat model, thrusting its notorious central character played by unknown German actor Oliver Masucci into unsuspecting real-life situations in Germany.

Actual principal photography begins Saturday, but reaction to the “pre-shoots” with Masucci as Der Fuhrer has spread virally across the country, where the dark days of Nazi rule remain a blot on the German psyche. The shoot will take place all over Germany with a particular emphasis in Berlin.

The book, a publishing phenomenon selling 2 million copies in Germany alone, has proven a hot-potato subject across Europe. It has now been published in more than 40 countries. Constantin has maintained an iron curtain of confidentiality around the project for fear of blowing the cover of Masucci,
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Second Teaser for Germany's CG Animated film Konferenz Der Tiere

If you may recall from the first teaser trailer for Reinhard Klooss & Holger Tappe's upcoming CG animated adaptation of Konferenz der Tiere (translated as "The Animal's Conference"), it paints a serious tone until the very end when a meerkat pops-up and says something in German with a comedic theme playing in the background.  The second teaser continues to go in that route with a gag scene where we get to see some characters interaction for the first time.  Here's a rough translation of the official synopsis:

Surprised the animals in the African savannah is: Where is the water? Long it should have come through a gorge from the distant mountains. The thirst is getting bigger, the concern also is small considering that the last water hole of fierce buffalo and rhino defended. The brave little meerkat Billy and the peace-loving lion Socrates pull off to check the water. They
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German 'Office' heading to the big screen

German 'Office' heading to the big screen
Cologne, Germany -- German comedy outfit Brainpool is producing a feature film based on the cult TV series "Stromberg," the German adaptation of the BBC hit "The Office."

Writer and series co-creator Ralf Husmann will pen the script to the feature, which is planned as the finale to the sitcom's fourth season.

Christoph Maria Herbst will star as the incompetent boss of a small-time insurance office, the role that made him famous in Germany.

In its third season on Pro7, "Stromberg" already has run longer than its BBC predecessor and has even spawned a spinoff, "Beruhmt" (Famous), which follows the misadventures of office brown-noser Ernie. That series, which Husmann also is writing, will debut on Pro7 next year.
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Beta Cinema picks up 'Hui Buh'

Beta Cinema picks up 'Hui Buh'
COLOGNE, Germany -- International sales outfit Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide licensing rights to hit German children's film Hui Buh starring Germany's number one comedian Michael Bully Herbig. Beta will be selling the picture, which has spent the last seven weeks in the German top 10 and has earned around €10 million ($13 million). Based on a best-selling German audio book, the story of a bumbling cowardly ghost also stars Heike Makatsch and Christoph Maria Herbst. Beta will be presenting Hui Buh to buyers for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also on Beta's Toronto slate is Stasi drama The Lives Of Others, Chris Kraus' Four Minutes about a criminal-piano prodigy and Hans Steinbichler's Winter Journey, which opened this year's Munich Film Festival.

Senator settles 'Fred' dispute

Senator settles 'Fred' dispute
COLOGNE, Germany -- Senator Entertainment has ended a legal dispute with two leading indie production firms and will distribute local-language picture Wo Ist Fred? (Where is Fred?), a politically incorrect comedy starring Til Schweiger, Juergen Vogel, Alexandra Maria Lara and Christoph Maria Herbst. Senator co-produced the feature with Hofmann & Voges and Neue Bioskop Film. But after Senator pushed back the film's release date, H&V and Neue Bioskop used a clause in their contract to take the film to Warner Bros. Germany (HR 5/23). Senator lawyers blocked the move, starting a legal battle that kept the movie on the shelf. But on Monday, Senator announced it has settled out of court and will be releasing Wo Ist Fred in Germany on Nov. 16. "We are extremely pleased that after all this controversy, all obstacles have been removed and we can focus fully on the film," said Senator CEO Helge Sasse, adding that he hoped the troubles surrounding the film would not hinder future cooperation with H&V and Neue Bioskop. "Partnerships that have a difficult start often hold together for a very long time," he said.

Groenewold on board for 'Castle Ghost'

COLOGNE -- David Groenewold's German Film Prods. has boarded the children's film Hui Buh -- Das Schlossgespenst (Hui Buh -- The Castle Ghost), which features local comedy star Michael "Bully" Herbig, Groenwold said Monday. Herbig, who directed and starred in the German boxoffice hits Dreamship Surprise and Manitou's Shoe, plays the title role of the clumsy ghost Hui Buh. The cast also features Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually) and German comedy star Christoph Maria Herbst. GFP will co-finance the film with producers Constantin Film and Christian Becker's Rat Pack Filmproduktion. GFP and Rat Pack previously teamed for last year's comedy spoof The Wanker, a surprise hit which took in more than $14 million at the German boxoffice. Sebastian Niemann, who helmed the German TV movie The Jesus Video for Rat Pack and GFP, will direct Hui Buh.

Groenewold on board for 'Castle Ghost'

COLOGNE -- David Groenewold's German Film Productions has boarded the children's film Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst (Hui Buh -- The Castle Ghost), which features local comedy star and boxoffice champ Michael "Bully" Herbig, Groenwold said Monday. Herbig, who directed and starred in German comedy boxoffice hits' Dreamship Surprise and Manitou's Shoe, plays the title role of the clumsy ghost Hui Buh. The cast also features Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually) and German comedy star Christoph Maria Herbst. GFP will co-finance the film together with producers Constantin Film and Christian Becker's Rat Pack Filmproduktion. GFP and Rat Pack previously teamed for last year's comedy spoof The Wanker, which was a surprise hit, taking in more than $14 million at the German box office. Sebastian Niemann, who helmed German TV movie The Jesus Video for Rat Pack and GFP, will direct Hui Buh.

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