ZDF Enterprises has concluded a deal for a range of dramas with Finland’s public broadcaster YLE. Among the titles included in the agreement are new series “Freud” and “Ottilie von Faber-Castell,” and returners such as “Disappeared - The M.P.U”. Yi Qiao, Director ZDFE.drama at ZDF Enterprises, brokered the deal.
“YLE is very happy about this deal, which brings the Finnish audience both new cutting-edge drama as well as familiar and very much loved returning series,” said Katja Karasvaara, Acquisition Executive at YLE. “We have a well established relationship with YLE, who have premiered many of our dramas, with ‘Freud’ being the latest to have its first run on their channel,” added Robert Franke, VP ZDFE.drama.
From the esteemed producers behind “A Fortunate Man,” “Das Boot” and “4 Blocks,” “Freud” (8x45’) is a modern crime thriller that follows the revolutionary young psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud while he investigates several gruesome murders. Other new dramas included in the deal are “Ottilie von Faber-Castell” (2x90’), a TV movie about a brilliant, young German woman navigating the pitfalls of 19th century business, family and forbidden love; and “Zarah - Wild Times” (6x45’), the story of an ambitious journalist and her part in the women’s liberation movement of the early ‘70s.
Returning series making their way over to Finland are popular crime dramas “The Prosecutor” (6x60’ + 1x90‘), “Disappeared - The M.P.U.” (13x45’), and “The Old Fox” (8x60’), one of Germany’s longest running shows having been on air for over 30 years.