Petersen, Senator get into TV miniseries


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BERLIN -- Director Wolfgang Petersen and Berlin-based film group Senator Entertainment have set up a joint venture to produce English-language television miniseries.

The first production under the three-year agreement will be a documentary series on the Cold War that already is in development. Petersen's shingle Radiant Prods. will act as the leading producer on the project.

The Petersen-Senator operation will be based in Cologne, at ProTV, the German television group in which Senator holds a 51% stake.

Petersen got his start in German television, and his international breakthrough -- the submarine epic "Das Boot" -— originally was done as a two-part miniseries.

"The miniseries format opens fantastic creative possibilities that one really doesn't have in film," Petersen said. "I am especially pleased to be able to return to my television beginnings with such a dynamic and forward-looking partner like Senator."

Senator's new drama "Fireflies in the Garden," featuring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe, will have its world premiere Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival.