The development and production of high-end series has been a part of the funding portfolio of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW since 2012. Both Filmstiftung-backed series as well as mini-series are currently making a real impact with high-profile appearances, festivals and awards: Kilian Riedhof’s GLADBECK, based on the screenplay by Holger Karsten Schmidt and produced by Ziegler Film, has been nominated for the BAFTA TV Award, Lars Kraume’s series BAUHAUS – A NEW ERA, which he wrote together with Judith Angerbauer, had its world premiere in the Competition of the second CanneSeries and has since received the award for the Best Musical Score, and Heinrich Breloer’s two-parter BRECHT was first shown at the Berlinale. The third season of the hit series BABYLON BERLIN, which has already been sold to over 100 territories, is now in post-production. And the same goes for Barbara Eder’s thriller series WEST OF LIBERTY for ZDF. Cologne-based Bantry Bay produced THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE for Vox. Till Franzen, Laura Lackmann and Stefan Bühling were the directors working from scripts based on an idea from Richard Kropf. TNT has recently aired the mockumentary series OTHER PARENTS by Lutz Heineking jr of the Cologne-based pro­duction company eitelsonnenschein. Preparations for the shoot of the second season in Cologne are now in full swing. And not to forget another production from NRW, albeit one without any funding from the Filmstiftung: HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (FAST), produced by Bildundtonfabrik for Netflix, also featured in the CanneSeries Competition.

BAUHAUS – A NEW ERA (© zero one/Beta Film)