MIPCOM: Hulu Takes 'Deutschland '83' (Exclusive)
FremantleMedia International has also closed deals on the German cold war drama, which premiered on Sundance TV, with Russia, Italy, Israel and Scandinavia.
Hulu has snatched up rights to Deutschland '83, the groundbreaking German spy series that premiered on Sundance TV to rave reviews earlier this year.
The SVOD service has nabbed U.S. streaming rights to the series, created by husband-and-wife team Jorg and Anna Winger, about a young Stasi spy Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) who infiltrates the West German military in the early 1980s, just as the Cold War is heating up. Kino Lorber picked up U.S. DVD and sell-through rights to the 8x1 hour series.
FremantleMedia International (FMI), which is selling the show worldwide, also closed deals with Russia's Channel One network, pay TV group Sky Italia in Italy, Hungary's RTL Klub, TV4 in Scandinavia, Ireland's RTE, Telenet in Belgium, Stan in Australia/New Zealand and the Hotvision channel in Israel.
Sundance TV will bow Deutschland '83 in English-speaking Canada, with Super Ecran taking French-language rights. Britain's Channel 4 recently acquired the show for the U.K. and CanalPlus will bow it in France. RTL, Germany's leading commercial network, commissioned Deutschland '83 and will bow it in the territory later this year.
“Looking at the channels that have bought this show, you have everything from big terrestrial broadcasters like RTL and Russia's Channel One to premium pay like Sky to SVOD platforms,” said FMI's European sales exec Maximilian Bolenius. “The Russian deal is particularly groundbreaking. I think this is the first-ever German series to go out on a national free-to-air channel there. Our partners in Russia said they liked the fact that the show wasn't just black and white but showed the motivations and complexities of those who worked on their side of the iron curtain.”
UFA Fiction, creators of Emmy-winning WWII drama Generation War, produced Deutschland '83, with Jorg Winger and Nico Hofmann serving as executive producers. Two more seasons of the series — which would take the show up to 1989 and German reunification — are planned, but a greenlight is contingent on Deutschland '83's rating performance on RTL.