Sky Deutschland Sets Original Series 'The Ibiza Affair' (Exclusive)

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The four-part fictional show from Sky Studios and W&B Television is based on a book about the political scandal that followed a secretly recorded meeting between Austrian politicians and the alleged niece of a Russian oligarch in Ibiza.

Sky Deutschland, the German arm of Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky, on Thursday unveiled plans for original series The Ibiza Affair.

The four-part fictional show from Sky Studios and German studio Leonine’s W&B Television tells the story behind a real-life political scandal in Austria. In May 2019, German news outlets published a secretly recorded video of a meeting between two high-ranking Austrian politicians and a woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch in a finca, or country house, in Ibiza, triggering a scandal that led to the end of the country's coalition government.

The series "uncovers the background that led to the fateful meeting and shows how the political drama took its course," Sky said. It is based on the non-fiction book Die Ibiza-Affäre: Innenansichten eines Skandals by Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, two journalists from Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, which published the video along with news magazine Der Spiegel, as well as "background interviews and previously unpublished information."

W&B Television is producing the series, written by Stefan Holtz and Florian Iwersen, on behalf of Sky Studios. Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann are producing for W&B, Marcus Ammon, Frank Jastfelder and Lucia Vogdt are producing for Sky Studios. Filming will begin in early 2021.

"The Ibiza Affair is a gripping political thriller," said Marcus Ammon, director, original productions at Sky Deutschland. "A scandal so unbelievable that it would be hard for any scriptwriter to dream up. Following the huge success of Der Pass, we are delighted to be once again working with Quirin and Max to tell the incredible story behind this now world-famous video that brought down Austria's FPÖ vice chancellor and with him the entire government."

Added W&B producer Berg: "The Ibiza Affair provides powerful evidence of the importance of independent journalism as the driving force of truth-telling and thus the cornerstone of our democracy. In the process, this story is completely absurd, spectacular, shocking, gripping – and above all, reality."