MIPTV: CanalPlus Acquires Cold War Series 'Deutschland 83' for France

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'Deutschland 83'

The German-language series will air on the Sundance Channel in the U.S.

Germany will march into France with Deutschland 83. Pay TV giant CanalPlus picked up the series from FremantleMedia International in a deal that was closed during MIPTV.

The Cold War-set series will air on Sundance Channel starting in June. It’s the first German-language series to air in the U.S.

The show was also recently picked up across the Nordic territories, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

It was produced by FremantleMedia-owned UFA Fiction, which also created the International Emmy-winning hit Generation War.

Penned by American Anna Winger, Deutschland 83 is told through the eyes of a young East German soldier sent to spy in the West at the height of the Cold War. He struggles to reconcile the differing ideologies between the two sides while dealing with personal struggles. The New Wave soundtrack of the time is also central to the eight-episode limited series.

The series premiered to strong reviews at this year’s Berlin Film Fest, and will next screen as part of the Series Mania TV festival in Paris next week.