German Sales Soar

Cineflix International reports a sharp increase in sales to Germany – the world’s second largest TV market – with 160 hours of programming acquired by broadcasters in the last six months.

Among the A-list broadcasters to have acquired Cineflix International programming is Discovery Networks Deutschland, which has taken seasons one and two of Seven Network’s hard-hitting crime and investigation series Border Security 43x30 mins.

The programme, which examines Australia’s front line in the fight against drug trafficking, wildlife smuggling and identity fraud, will debut on the men’s lifestyle channel DMAX in January.

Cineflix International has also entered into a co-distribution agreement with ZDF Enterprises, which will see 100 hours of Cineflix Productions – including Mayday, Austin Stevens Adventures, Human Prey, Paradise Lost and Cooler Facts – distributed across German-speaking Europe.

A new broadcaster relationship has been sealed with a deal for 12 hours of true crime series Cold Blood for Tele 5, giving the show its premiere in Germany in October.

Another first-time buyer is TSR Switzerland, which has taken the 90-minute drama-doc Manson, chronicling the events leading up to the macabre Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969. The programme also features the first-ever interview with the Manson ‘Family’ getaway driver, Linda Kasabian.

Other deals with German-speaking broadcasters include a pact with ProSiebenSat.1’s N24 for Industrious, The Eyes’ new one-hour HD doc about the workings of a major deepwater port. RTL’s n-tv, meanwhile, has acquired Zero Hour, which re-enacts the final minutes leading up to iconic events that changed the course of history.

RTL has also taken the drama doc Nazi Hunters 8×60 mins for its pay-TV service, where it will premiere in 2011. The new drama-doc, which launched at MIPTV 2010, has already been sold into all the major TV territories in the world.

The deals were brokered by Caroline Schroeter, sales manager for German-speaking Europe. With over ten years in the industry, including a production background and extensive knowledge of the German media scene, Schroeter joined Cinefliz International earlier this year from VOX, where she served as commissioning editor responsible for several high-profile shows, including Come Dine With Me. Her production credits also include such super-formats as Big Brother, Deal Or No Deal, Joe Millionaire, Top Of The Pops and Fame Academy.

Schroeter, who will shortly be assuming responsibility for Cineflix International’s activities in Russian-speaking Central and Eastern Europe, said: “We have several high-performing shows and formats, such as Inside The Box and Weird Or What?, that I believe have great potential in German-speaking Europe and I shall be focusing on those as we move into the second half of the year.”

Cineflix International is a leading global distributor of television programming with a successful track record of exploiting rights and building international TV brands. With a rapidly growing library of new and popular programming in genres as diverse as entertainment, factual entertainment, reality, documentary, drama doc and specialist factual, our expanding catalogue offers programmes the world wants to watch.

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