Studio Hamburg takes stake in TV outfit

25.1% stake in Cologne-based Gruppe 5

CANNES -- German TV production giant Studio Hamburg has taken a 25.1% stake in Cologne-based Gruppe 5.

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The boutique production house run by Uwe Kersken and Christel Fomm, specializes in high-end documentaries and non-fiction series. ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, holds a 49% stake in the company.

Upcoming Gruppe 5 productions include four-part miniseries "Dynasty Zero" on the history of ancient Egypt, which will air on the History Channel in the U.S. as well as Euro pubwebs ZDF and ARTE; and the three-part doc "The History of the Ocean," which National Geographic, ZDF and ARTE have picked up.
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