Australian Prison Drama 'Wentworth' to Get German Adaptation


The FremantleMedia show set in a women's prison will get a remake from UFA Serial Drama and Fremantle parent RTL Group's RTL network.

LONDON – FremantleMedia, the company behind such hit formats as Idol and The X Factor, said Thursday that it has struck a deal for a German adaptation of its Australian prison drama Wentworth.

Fremantle is part of European TV giant RTL Group, which is in turn 75.1 percent owned by German media company Bertelsmann.

UFA Serial Drama, part of Fremantle’s German production arm UFA, and RTL Group's German network RTL will jointly produce the German-language remake of Wentworth, which is set in a women's prison. The 10 episodes will go into production in Berlin in March.

The German adaptation "will follow the same gritty story of survival, rivalry, power struggles and unlikely allegiances within a female prison," Fremantle said.

Said Barbara Thielen, head of fiction at RTL: "The stories and characters of Wentworth will polarize and initiate discussions among the audience."

Guido Reinhardt, chief creative officer at UFA Serial Drama, said: "Wentworth is dynamic, controversial as well as emphatic. In this field of tension, we present an uncompromising world, where friendship, trust and loyalty mean everything, and the question whether law and justice are actually the same is repeatedly raised."

Wentworth airs on Foxtel Australia, with its second season currently in production in Melbourne. The Australian version has sold to such countries and regions as New Zealand (TVNZ), the U.K. (Channel 5), Ireland (TV3), Africa (MNET), Sweden (TV4) and other parts of Scandinavia (CMORE).

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