ZDF Enterprises has sold the two-part drama “Ottilie von Faber-Castell” to broadcasters across Europe and to Globi, an upcoming AVOD streamer bringing the best of foreign television and cinema content to North American viewers. “Great storytelling travels and has the ability to win over audiences across different cultures, as witnessed by the success of Ottilie von Faber-Castell in Iberia and these sales to a wide range of countries,” Robert Franke, Vice-President ZDFE.drama, said.
Other licensees for "Ottilie von Faber-Castell" include YLE in Finland, RTV in Slovenia, RTVS in Slovakia, LTV in Latvia, Network 4 in Hungary, Inter TV in Ukraine, ETV in Estonia, and LRT in Lithuania. The show was also acquired by Italy’s RAI 1 and earned top ratings with over 2.8 million views. It recently saw success on RTP in Portugal where it performed higher than the average time slot.
The show was commissioned by ARD Degeto and produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television in co-production with Wilma Film and cooperation with ZDF Enterprises. German film director and screenwriter Claudia Garde wrote and directed the series which was nominated for Best TV Movie award at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards.
The 90-minute episodes showcase a story about a brilliant young woman overcoming the hardships of 19th-century business, family, and forbidden love. At the end of 19th century Germany, a 16-year-old girl, Ottilie von Faber, inherits her grandfather’s global manufacturing business. In this male-dominated world, Ottilie uses all her talent and knowledge to prove herself and steer the company to greater success. She marries Count Castell and starts a family but the unconventional Ottilie finds herself deeply in love with someone else, the dashing Philipp von Brand.
Great storytelling travels and has the ability to win over audiences across different cultures, as witnessed by the success of Ottilie von Faber-Castell in Iberia and these sales to a wide range of countries.” Robert Franke Vice-President ZDFE.drama