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German drama wins funding

FFF Bayern is backing season two of Pagan Peak

German regional funding bodies have approved more than €2.23m (US$2.45m) in funding for four new TV series projects.

Bavaria’s FFF Bayern is allocating €900,000 to a new six-part miniseries from Constantin Television. The project is set in 1987 East Berlin and centres on the famous Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre and a family separated by the Berlin Wall. Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Houdini) is directing Der Friedrichstadt-Palast from a screenplay by Rodica Doehnert.

FFF Bayern is also backing season two of Comcast-owned European satcaster Sky’s hit German-Austrian crime drama Der Pass (Pagan Peak) with €1m (US$1.1m).

Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann’s W&B Television is again producing the show, an adaptation of the Danish-Swedish hit The Bridge set along the Alpine border between Austria and Germany. Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert are returning to write and direct season two of Pagan Peak.

Meanwhile, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg recently revealed it is supporting a new series commissioned by streaming service Joyn, owned by ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Discovery, with €300,000 (US$330,573).

Produced by Berlin-based Readymade Films, the tragicomic MaPa revolves around a young father as he struggles to raise his one-year-old daughter following the sudden death of his girlfriend.

MaPa is Readymade’s second scripted TV series after Culpa which it produced for NBCUniversal’s German channel 13th Street. Joyn is coproducing the series with an as yet unnamed broadcaster.

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is also backing the development of Kaputt, produced by Carolina Thiele and Nina Müller’s Lozen Films, with €35,000. Set against the backdrop of the German capital’s techno scene, the scripted series follows three young women and explores such timely issues as identity, ethnicity and gentrification.

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