‘Top Chef’ Cooks Up German Deal; Sky Jets Off With Second Season Of ‘Das Boot’ – European Briefs
6th December 2018

Top Chef is heading to Germany after NBC Universal International Formats closed a deal with broadcaster Sat.1. The ProSiebenSat.1-owned broadcaster has ordered a six-part local series to air in summer 2019 and be overseen by head judge Eckart Witzigmann. It will be produced by RedSeven Entertainment. The deal marks the 23rd international format deal for the Magical Elves-produced series, which is in its 16th season on Bravo. A third season of the show is set to air this month on MBC across the Middle East, French broadcaster M6 will celebrate the tenth season of the show. The show has also been produced in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Vietnam. The deal was brokered by NBCUniversal International Formats’ VP, Format Sales & Production, Hannah Worrall. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBC Universal International Formats said: “We are delighted to build on the success of Top Chef franchise and extend the brand further, especially with such great partners as Sat.1 and RedSeven Entertainment. We have no doubt that this will be another high quality international production and hope that it will share similar success as the other local versions.”

Sky has commissioned a second season of drama Das Boot. The sophomore run of the show, from Bavaria Fiction and Sonar Entertainment, will begin filming next year after it debuted at the end of November in Germany and Austria. The drama has already been sold into more than 100 territories including Hulu in the U.S. Marcus Ammon, Senior Vice President Sky Original Production at Sky Deutschland, said, “We are very proud that Das Boot has been so well received by our viewers. From the beginning, we were convinced that we could create something extraordinary together with our partners, featuring a multi-layered yet entertaining story and an outstanding cast. Now we’re looking forward to working on a second season.”

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