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Berlin: Sky Deutschland orders two new original series

Leading German pay TV network Sky Deutschland, part of Comcast’s European TV giant Sky, is doubling down on its local language original programming with direct subscriptions to two new premium series.

Tobias Rosen, Vice President Sky Studios Deutschland, the channel’s production arm, presented the projects on Up Next, showing the new Sky original content Friday’s Berlinale.

Garten Eden is an eight-part series created, written and directed by Boris Kunz , a series set in a restaurant, follows Jakob Eden, a celebrity chef with a mild drug addiction and bipolar disorder. With his late father’s restaurant, Garten Eden, on the brink of bankruptcy, Jacob’s brother Simon lures his famous sibling back into the kitchen in order to secure a major cash infusion from investors.

At first, Jakob is at the peak of his manic phase and he is agitated. He quit his high-paying job at a well-known catering company and forgot about plans to move to Hamburg with his wife Miriam and their daughter. Jakob sinks into a deep depression when Miriam leaves alone, and Simon is shocked to realize why he got himself in trouble.

Garten Eden

will be produced by Jan Ehlert of Hager Moss Film and Jakob Pochlatko, co-producer of Epo Film, in association with Sky Studios. Sophie von Uslar, Stella Flicker and Tobias Rosen will serve as executive producers for Sky Studios.

KraNK Berlin is a movie named Neukölln Hospital, referred to as KraNK, one of the toughest and most crowded hospitals in Germany. After a patient bleeds to death in an understaffed emergency room, young Munich doctor Zanna is tasked with renovating the place, but encounters fierce resistance from KraNK staff, especially the anarchic ER doctor Ben.

Samuel Jefferson is lead writer for the eight-part series, which Violet Pictures and Real Film Berlin co-produce with Sky Studios. Fabian Möhrke and Alex Schaad will direct, with Alexis von Wittgenstein and Henning Kamm serving as executive producers. Florian Handler and Rosen will serve as executive producers for Sky Studios.

Der Pass and Babylon Berlin, and With the upcoming Drift: Partners in Crime, these two new collections symbolize our ambition to expand the range and breadth of German-origin slate, bringing customers the “These are two new, bold and unique collections, both to be delivered by some of the best talent working today, and we can’t wait to start production as soon as possible.”

Next week at the Berlinale Series Market, Sky will present its new four-part documentary series Juan Carlos I, exploring the rise and fall of former Spanish kings.

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