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Beta Film celebrates rating success of THE VERDICT after its Cannes world premiere


Oct 18 2016

Cannes, 18 October 2016. The interactive TV-event The Verdict, which celebrated its world premiere yesterday night at MIPCOM in Cannes, has scored sensational ratings at its simultaneous broadcast in several European territories. The feature length legal thriller was watched by 6.9 million viewers with a 20 % market share in Germany. Austrian Television celebrated a 28% market share with an audience of about one million viewers. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic ratings were far above the channel’s average with high responses on social media platforms. The majority of all audiences voted for “not guilty”. 

The Verdict, directed by Lars Kraume (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”), is the latest in a row of joint projects of Oliver Berben (“Shades of Guilt”, “Hotel Adlon – A Family Drama”) and Beta Film and circles around the legal question whether it would be justified to shoot down a civilian plane converted into a deadly suicide missile. The TV-audience witnesses the trial and is able to vote for their judgement via online and telephone. The movie, which stirred controversial debates throughout the media, was previously shown in over 100 sold-out cinemas in Germany alone. The special event starring Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”), Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others”) and Florian David Fitz (“Vincent wants to Sea”) is an Oliver Berben production by MOOVIE in co-production with ARD Degeto and rbb.

Yesterday, the prestigious Grand Auditorium of the Cannes Film Festival Palace made room for the World Premiere of Beta Film’s The Same Sky. The high-ranking European cast and crew including Sofia Helin (“The Bridge”), Tom Schilling (“Generation War”) and Friederike Becht (“The Reader”), as well as writer/creator Paula Milne walked the red carpet in front of the magnificent backdrop of Croisette Beach. With long lasting applause, the premiere audience celebrated the first episode of the multi-layered family drama set in Cold War-Berlin, which will be broadcast on Germany’s ZDF next spring.

Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne was the third world premiere and highlighted Monday afternoon with its International Screening. Main actor Jannis Niewoehner (“Ruby Red”) and International Emmy Award-winning director Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) introduced the 15th-century period drama and captivating love story to an audience of international buyers, journalists and TV executives.

The Same Sky (6 hours) centers on the divided Berlin of the 70's and the relationship between an East German “Romeo” agent and his target in the West, the woman he has to seduce for the sake of his country – a relationship driven by passion but built on deceit. The drama series is a UFA FICTION / Beta Film production for ZDF in co-production with Mia Film in association with Rainmark Films.

The feature length event The Verdict is an interactive legal thriller starring Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”) and Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”). The audience witnesses the trial and is able to vote for their judgement. The special event is an Oliver Berben production by MOOVIE in co-production with ARD Degeto and rbb.

In Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne (6 hours), the impoverished future Emperor conquers and is conquered by Europe’s most wanted bride (Christa Théret, “Laughing Out Loud/LoL) and lays the ground for the rise of the house of Habsburg to becoming the most powerful dynasty of the era. The high-end series is produced by MR Film, Beta Film, ORF, and ZDF.

For further information:
Beta Film Press, Dorothee Stoewahse, Tel: + 49 170 63 84 627,

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