Amazon Boards Deutsche Telekom's 'Germanized'

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The series will be the platform's first Prime Original in France.

Amazon is joining Bavaria Fiction, German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom and France’s Newen on the original series Germanized.

The series will premiere as its first Prime Original in France, with Amazon distributing it in France and Belgium on its platform and taking exclusive rights for French-speaking Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Titled Deutsche-Les-Landes in French, the show is a culture clash comedy about a struggling small village welcoming a German corporation and all its employees. The 10-episode series was announced at MIPCOM in October as Deutsche Telekom's first original series.

The series joins French actors Marie-Anne Chazel, Sylvie Testud and Roxanne Duran with German actor Christoph Maria Herbst as the company boss.

It will be penned by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier, the team behind France’s all-time comedic hit film Welcome to the Sticks, alongside German writers Peter Gude and Thomas Rogel. Tomorrow at Dawn director Denis Dercourt will helm. Executive producers are Sandra Ouaiss for Newen and Bavaria Fiction’s Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel.

“With Deutsch-Les-Landes, we found amazing partners, cast and directors to bring this show to life and can’t wait for all of our French and Belgian Prime Members to see it. This is just the beginning for us, as we will keep on bringing the best of French and international TV, including new French Originals, to our customers here,” said Amazon Video EU vp Jay Marine.

“This is a unique production with stellar talent in front and behind the camera. We are excited to join forces with Telfrance to create the first original series for two innovative platforms — Deutsche Telekom’s EntertainTV and Amazon France,” added Bavaria Fiction managing director Jan Kaiser.