The success story continues. With its fourth season, Beta’s hit series "Babylon Berlin" has cracked the mark of a total of 70 million digital views since its launch in 2018. The new episodes of the gripping crime series set in 1930’s Berlin follow in the footsteps of previous seasons, with ten million views on the ARD Mediathek within the first week and a strong start in October on ARD’s linear service with four million viewers and a market share of over 15%. Simultaneously, the event "Babylon Berlin in Concert," featuring the award-winning soundtrack with stars such as Max Raabe, drew in almost a million views digitally and linearly. The fifth season of the series, directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, and Henk Handloegten, is currently being developed.
"Babylon Berlin" has become an international phenomenon, sold to more than 140 territories worldwide, with Season four maintaining its high-end storytelling and cast, earning the series a comparison to “House of Cards and Breaking Bad in its ambition and scope” by The Times. Based on Volker Kutscher's novel Goldstein, the returning cast members include Volker Bruch and Liv Lisa Fries, alongside a talented ensemble. The storyline takes viewers to 1930s Berlin, where the global stock market crash marks the end of the Golden Twenties, ushers in the Great Depression and a time of significant change as the Nazis' march to power gains momentum.
"Babylon Berlin" fourth season has already traveled around the globe this year, airing in Latin America, the UK, and Scandinavia, with an Australian premiere on SBS scheduled for 2024. The show is produced by X Filme Creative Pool in co-production with ARD Degeto, WDR, Sky, and Beta Film, with funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, and the German Motion Picture Fund.
Moreover, Beta Film presented the first trailer for "In Her Car," a Ukrainian drama series with a gripping narrative plunging viewers into the heart-wrenching depths of the ongoing crisis. Filmed in war-torn Ukraine, this tale unfolds through the eyes of those living through it. "In Her Car" (10x half hour) is produced by Starlight Media and Gaumont in co-production with France Télévisions, ZDF (Germany) and Swiss public broadcaster SRF. The showrunner and creator is Eugen Tunick, who also directs alongside Arkadiy Nepytaliuk. It has been sold to Nordic public broadcasters SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark), YLE (Finland), NRK TV (Norway), and RÚV (Iceland).