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BBC Studios, Zdf Form Development and Co-Production Partnership

  • Variety
BBC Studios and German pubcaster Zdf have formed a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce “world-class content,” the two companies announced Thursday.

The new long-term partnership will bring BBC Studios, the British pubcaster’s commercial arm, and Zdf together to co-develop scripted TV series, such as “The Mallorca Files,” created by Dan Sefton. Both companies will pitch scripted projects with international appeal.

The deal also gives Zdf an exclusive first-look option in Germany to co-produce new landmark titles from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, such as the upcoming “One Planet, Seven Worlds,” as well as a first option on BBC Studios’ factual catalog.

Norbert Himmler, chief content officer at Zdf, said the two companies shared “the aspiration to offer the highest-quality programs across all genres.”

“The new substantial agreement consolidates the traditional and successful cooperation between the two broadcasters and strengthens our position against increasingly fierce competition – especially in times of limited financial resources,
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‘Broadchurch’s Elen Rhys & ‘Pagan Peak’s Julian Looman To Front BritBox & BBC Drama ‘The Mallorca Files’

  • Deadline
‘Broadchurch’s Elen Rhys & ‘Pagan Peak’s Julian Looman To Front BritBox & BBC Drama ‘The Mallorca Files’
Broadchurch star Elen Rhys and Pagan Peak’s Julian Looman are to front BritBox and BBC drama The Mallorca Files.

The ten-part series is created by Dan Sefton, and produced by Cosmopolitan Pictures, the production company set up by Ben Donald and Misfits firm Clerkenwell Films.

It is set amongst the expat community on the sunny Spanish island and features a British and German detective clashing over their very different approaches to policing the island. While self-confessed introverted Brit Miranda Blake, played by Rhys, takes her career seriously, German Max Winter, played by Looman, is a classic extrovert and unashamedly unconventional. The two characters battle it out to solve crimes in the sun-drenched setting.

The BBC and BritBox have also revealed the directing talent for the series including Black Mirror’s Bryn Higgins, Doctor Who’s Charlie Palmer, Mr Selfridge’s Rob Evans and Lovesick’s Gordon Anderson.

Soumya Sriraman,
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