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  1. The Mystery Continues with Silverpoint

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    Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK, part of Banijay Kids & Family, today announces it will produce a second season of the gripping mystery sci-fi adventure series, Silverpoint. A co-production with CBBC, ZDF and ZDF Studios, the 13 x 22’ sci-fi drama starts filming in Northern Ireland from August and will launch next year.

    The returning cast includes Katy Byrne (Meg), Oliver Cunliffe (Louis), Aoife Hughes (Bea), Krish Misra (Glen) and Maiya Silveston (Kaz).

    At the end of series one, Louis, Kaz, Meg and Glen discover they’re not so special after all. In fact, they’re only one of four groups of kids, each with their own alien Artefact. What they sensed would be the end of their adventure, becomes the beginning of an even more impossible journey.

    Series two of Silverpoint follows these four eclectic groups, some who will become friends and others rivals, as they train for a game set in four alternate realities controlled by a mysterious extra-terrestrial presence. And the prize they’re fighting for? To save the world.

    Cheryl Taylor, Creative Director, Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK says:Silverpoint is a visually powerful drama with compelling characters and a unique and finely crafted storyline that has resonated with audiences globally. We’re fortunate to have many of the most talented creatives in the industry working on Silverpoint alongside a supremely talented cast of young actors. Zodiak Kids & Family is delighted to be bringing more tantalising sci-fi adventures to our audience in this second series”.

    Created by Lee Walters and Steven Andrew, the show will be Executive Produced for Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK by Cheryl Taylor and Benoit Di Sabatino. The Series Producer is Trevor Klein, and the Directors are Amy Coop, Aidan Largey and Louise Ní Fhiannachta.

  2. MadeFor Announces Latest Contemporary Scripted Slate

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    MadeFor, the scripted arm of Banijay Germany, confirms it is producing two new shows, Loving Her and Mirella Saves the World (Mirella Schulze rettet die Welt), set to air later this year.


    A LGBTQ+ female love story, Loving Her centres around Hanna (Banafshe Hourmazdi) a woman in her early twenties. In six episodes, we follow Hanna’s journey through different romances, affairs, heartbreak and ultimately (self-) love.


    On the weekend when Hanna moves out of her apartment, heading into an unknown future in pandemic times, she runs into her childhood sweetheart Franzi (Lena Klenke). This reunion sets Hanna on a journey of reflection as she considers what each of her ex-girlfriends have taught her and how they have shaped the person she is today. Produced by Tasja Abel and Philine Zebralla, this new drama will air on ZDFmediathek and ZDFneo and is an adaptation of Dutch series, Anne+.


    Eight-part dramedy, Mirella Saves the World, will be available on TVNOW this spring. Mirella is an uncompromising 13-year-old environmental activist, and her acts against climate change do not always go down well at home. With a selfie queen sister, a fast-food loving brother, and parents in not very eco-friendly occupations, the family is driven to the edge with Mirella’s crusade. Will Mirella’s determination convince those around her to start thinking beyond themselves or will she come up against a brick wall? Ralf Husmann will be the showrunner on this new production.



    Nanni Erben, Co-CEO of MadeFor comments: “I am very happy that with Loving

    Her and Mirella we are producing two extremely entertaining series. Even though the focus of both series is very different – they both deal with very relevant topics and capture the contemporary zeitgeist. I really like that Mirella shows that environmental protection can be portrayed in a very funny way. It is also exciting that Loving Her is a so-called “instant series”. There is only a short period between idea, filming and broadcast, that allows a sense of currency, which is unusual in fictional programmes.”


    Gunnar Juncken, Co-CEO of MadeFor adds:Loving Her and Mirella Saves the World are two distinct, compelling projects, which we hope will resonate. Audiences are looking for new dramas and we are excited to deliver these charming and funny productions to ZDFneo and TVNOW.”


    Based in Berlin, MadeFor launched in February 2020 and is led by Joint CEOs, producer Nanni Erben, and Gunnar Juncken. The company is responsible for creating and producing premium scripted series and films for the local and international market, while also pursuing opportunities for co-productions via Banijay and other platforms and partners.


    Recent and forthcoming series include Teacher on Withdrawal, a short-form web comedy series for ZDFneo, long-running series, Tatort, which follows investigators Gorniak (Karin Hanczewski), Winkler (Cornelia Gröschel) and Schnabel (Martin Brambach); along with Frau Jordan stellt gleich for Joyn and Marie Catches Fire for ZDF.

  3. UKTV Acquires High-End Drama Thriller, The Gulf, From Banijay Rights

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold premium drama title, The Gulf to UKTV for its local audiences. The series will air on the broadcaster’s crime drama channel, Alibi.

    The deal, which will see the 3 x 90’ series launching on Alibi in early Spring 2020, was brokered by Chris Stewart, Commercial Director – Scripted at Banijay Rights, and Daniel Thomas, Acquisitions Manager at UKTV.

    Daniel Thomas, Acquisitions Manager at UKTV comments, “We are really pleased to have acquired this exciting new thriller for Alibi as we continue to include the very best of international crime drama in our schedule. Our viewers are extremely discerning and The Gulf, with its unique take on a crime story set against the incredible backdrop of New Zealand, will have wide appeal.”

    Chris Stewart, Commercial Director – Scripted, Banijay Rights adds, “We are delighted that UKTV will be bringing this absorbing and original antipodean series to a UK audience where I’m sure it will engage a new legion of drama fans looking for their next crime fix. The Gulf, co-produced by Banijay Group’s Screentime New Zealand, has launched in New Zealand and in Germany to much acclaim and is proving to be a very desirable drama property for us with further sales already in the pipeline.”

    Elsewhere in Europe The Gulf will also travel to Poland, after being acquired by Canal+ for its channel, Ale Kino+.

    This follows hot on the heels of the previously announced U.S. pick up of the drama, where AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now will feature the exclusive U.S. premiere of The Gulf beginning Wednesday, 4th December 2019.

    Domestically, the series was a ratings winner for New Zealand broadcaster TV3 and is the top performing mini-series of 2019 to date. The drama pulled in a launch audience 40% above the channel average. Meanwhile, in Germany The Gulf consistently outperformed the slot average by more than 10%.

    Recently launched at MIPCOM, German-New Zealand thriller The Gulf, (6 x 60’) centres around the moral disintegration of Detective Jess Savage, who finds herself caught between upholding the legal justice system and morality, as she investigates crimes on her home patch of Waiheke Island, New Zealand. The Gulf is an international co-production from Banijay Group’s Screentime New Zealand, Lippy Pictures, German fiction specialist Letterbox Filmproduktion, a member company of the Studio Hamburg Production Group, and broadcasters ZDF and TV3.