MIPCOM: Deutsche Telekom Greenlights First Original Series 'Germanized'

Deutsche Telekom

The culture clash comedy, starring Christoph Maria Herbst and Roxane Duran, will begin production in 2018.

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is getting into the series game.

Deutsche Telekom on Friday unveiled its first-ever original fiction commission, greenlighting a 10-episode order of Germanized, a half-hour comedy series, for its streaming platform EntertainTV.

The culture clash comedy, in which 200 Germans “invade” a picturesque but bankrupt Basque village, features Christoph Maria Herbst, star of Stromberg, the German version of The Office, and French actress Roxane Duran (Riveria, The White Ribbon).

Germanized is a co-production between Germany's Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and France's Telfrance (Newen Group) and was developed and co-written by Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot, co-writers on hit French film Welcome to the Sticks, together with German TV writer Thomas Rogel and producer Peter Gude.

Gude, Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel are producing Germanized for Bavaria together with Telfrance's Sandra Ouaiss.

The series is set to shoot in France next year for a late 2018 premiere.