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Nico Hofmann Takes Sole Charge of ‘Deutschland ’83’ Producer Ufa

Nico Hofmann has taken on the role of sole CEO of German film and television production company Ufa Group, which is best-known for International Emmy Award-winning spy drama “Deutschland ’83.” The company, owned by FremantleMedia, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

The move follows a two-year transition-period, announced in September 2015, in which Wolf Bauer and Hofmann have headed Ufa as co-CEOs. As planned, Bauer is stepping down after more than 27 years in charge of Ufa, and will continue to work with the company as a consultant, focusing as a producer on the development and production of high-end film and television projects.

Under Bauer’s leadership, Ufa became Germany’s market leader in program creation and production. The company is the creator and producer of award-winning TV movies, long-running entertainment formats, high-rating daily soaps, numerous primetime series, sitcoms and non-fictional programs, producing 4,500 broadcast hours of shows a year.

Hofmann will assume overall management responsibilities for all operations and units
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Global Screen Adds ‘Life!’ to Berlin Market Sales Slate

London — Global Screen, which has five market premieres at the European Film Market in Berlin, has added “Auf das Leben!” (To Life!) to its sales slate.

Pic is a “Harold and Maude”-like story of two people who are very different yet give each other a reason to live. It is helmed by Uwe Janson, who was BAFTA nommed for miniseries “The Sinking of the Laconia,” and penned by Thorsten Wettcke.

The film, which shot late last year, centers on aging cabaret singer Ruth, played by Hannelore Elsner (“No Place to Go”). She is sarcastic yet warm-hearted, and, despite a traumatic childhood, stands with both feet planted firmly in the midst of life. It is only when her apartment is sold to finance a move to a senior citizens’ home that her flame begins to flicker.

Jonas, played by Max Riemelt (“The Red Cockatoo”), is in his late twenties, lives
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ZDF, ARD lead TV rivals for German prize

ZDF, ARD lead TV rivals for German prize
COLOGNE, Germany -- German public broadcasters have again put their commercial rivals to shame, dominating the nominations for this year's German Television Awards, the nation's top TV honors. Pubcaster ZDF led the pack with nominations in 24 categories, including multiple noms for historic miniseries Dresden and telefilm Die Nachrichten (The News). Sister channel ARD was close behind with 21 noms, with such series as multicultural comedy Turkish For Beginners and legal drama Family Law among those singled out. Of the commercial channels, RTL was the best represented, with 10 nominations. While drama and news programming was dominated by the pubcasters, RTL excelled with such comedy and entertainment shows as hit sitcom Everyone Loves Jimmy, about a Turkish-German family, and Let Dance! the local version of Dancing With the Stars.

ProSiebenSat.1 boasts strong Q1

BERLIN -- German broadcaster ProSiebenSat .1 posted stronger profits and sales figures Thursday as speculation continued that the Munich-based channel group is about to be put up for sale by owner Haim Saban. Thanks to a mild recovery in the German advertising market, ProSieben managed to boost sales 8.2% in the first quarter to ?x20AC;465.3 million ($592.5 million) and inched up net profit to ?x20AC;30.7 million ($39.1 million) from ?x20AC;28.7 million in the same period last year. Berlin-based channel Sat.1 was the big earner for the group, with sales up 4% to ?x20AC;194.1 million ($247.2 million) and pre-tax profits up a staggering 68% to ?x20AC;32.8 million ($41.8 million). Sat.1's home-grown programming, particularly big-budget miniseries Dresden and red-hot Telenovela That's Life have boosted the channel's market share and, more importantly, pulled in a much younger demographic for the traditionally older-skewing net.

U.K.'s C4 picks up German 'Dresden' mini

U.K.'s C4 picks up German 'Dresden' mini
CANNES -- Britain's Channel 4 has picked up Dresden, the big-budget miniseries from pubweb ZDF on the Allied firebombing of the German city in 1945. Directed by Roland Suso Richter (The Tunnel) and starring German actress Felicitas Woll and Brit actor John Light, the two-parter was a ratings smash for ZDF, drawing 12.7 million viewers for a 31% market share on its airing March 5-6. That was the best performance for a TV movie in Germany since 1992. Dresden is the first dramatic retelling of the bombing from a German perspective. The subject is controversial. Some historians describe the bombings as a war crime because they deliberately targeted civilians and there was no military purpose to the attacks. Others say the Dresden air raids were justified as punishment for the Nazi Holocaust. Dresden is the latest in a wave of high-gloss historic miniseries out of Germany that have been generating mega ratings at home and significant interest abroad. Dresden producers teamWorx also scored with Storm Flood for RTL, about the devastating floods in Hamburg in 1962 and Airlift for Sat.1 on the 1948 American-run airlift to provide supplies to the citizens of West Berlin who had been cut off from the world by the Soviet army. Dresden has already sold to Canal Plus and France 2 in France, to Telecinco in Spain and Rai Cinema for Italy. Sales agent Beta Cinema says it expects to close several more territories during MIPTV.

'Dresden' hits new mark for German mini ratings

'Dresden' hits new mark for German mini ratings
COLOGNE, Germany -- Dresden: The Inferno, a $12 million miniseries from German production heavyweight teamWorx, set new standards for German-made telefilms Sunday night, grabbing a record audience of 12.7 million and a 32.6% market share for pubcaster ZDF. That represents the best-ever rating for a telefilm in Germany since local ratings agency GfK began collecting data in 1992. The second half of Dresden was to air Monday night. Directed by Roland Suso Richter, the mini recounts the devastating bombing of the city of Dresden by Allied forces in February 1945, shortly before the end of World War II. At least 35,000 people, virtually all of them civilians, were killed in the attack. Richter's miniseries breaks new ground by focusing on the suffering of ordinary Germans during the war. Dresden is the second historic success for teamWorx. Last month, The Storm Tide, the company's big-budget retelling of the catastrophic 1962 flooding of Hamburg, won an impressive 31.3% market share for commercial channel RTL, with 11.2 million viewers tuning in.

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