MIPCOM: Amazon Germany Orders Second Season for 'Deutschland 83'

'Deutschland '83' Still H 2015
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Amazon Prime will premiere 'Deutschland 86' in Germany, with SundanceTV taking the second season of the award-winning spy drama in the U.S.

Deutschland 83, the critically acclaimed German spy series, is finally getting a second season, thanks to a groundbreaking deal between Amazon and Deutschland producers UFA Fiction.

Amazon announced Friday they have pre-bought Deutschland 86, the show's second season, for their Amazon Prime online video service in Germany. The show, which will begin production next year, will premiere exclusively on Amazon in Germany in 2018. Amazon also has licensed all episodes of Deutschland 83 for Prime members in Germany and Austria.

As the title suggests, Deutschland 86 is set three years after season one. East German agent Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), who had been banished to Africa, is recruited by his Stasi agent aunt Lenora (Maria Schrader) to fight the losing battle to defend Communism abroad. Deutschland 86 is set against the backdrop of real events at the time, when terrorism raged across Western Europe.

RTL, Germany's leading commercial network and the main backer of Deutschland 83, will have a first-look option for the show's second season after Amazon's first streaming window, and could air Deutschland 86 in 2018/2019.

“Practically no other German drama series has attracted so much attention or generated so much buzz over the past few years, especially on the international markets,” Frank Hoffmann, managing director programming at RTL, said in a statement. “As the rights holder and broadcaster of Deutschland 83, it has been our clear goal to ensure that this exceptional UFA Fiction and FremantleMedia International series could continue — and this has now been achieved with a new partner.”

Deutschland 86 will air on SundanceTV in the U.S. followed by an online window on Hulu. Most of the original broadcasters for the series have already renewed for season two, including Channel 4 and Walter Presents in the U.K., Canal Plus in France and SVT in Sweden.

FremantleMedia International, who are handling world sales on the show, have signed deals for more than a dozen territories and said they expect to announce several more soon.

Fremantle sold Deutschland 83 to more than 110 territories worldwide, making it one of the most successful German-language series of all time.

Ironically, the only territory where the show was not seen as an unqualified success was in Germany, where ratings on RTL were below expectations, leading to questions as to whether the network would greenlight a second season.