Beta Film, Wildside and Zeitsprung on their way to “German Moon”
Cannes, 15 October 2018. Beta Film, Italy’s Wildside, the German production outlet Zeitsprung and the Isreali writer/creator trio Nadav Schirman, Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen join forces for German Moon. The Italian/German co-production, currently in development, is inspired by true but untold stories of German families and former Nazi-scientists, who are behind NASA’s first manned mission to the moon. Shooting of the series is due to start 2019/20.
It’s the year 1950, when sleepy rural Huntsville, Alabama, was overwhelmed by a wave of immigration: A convoy of busses with 118 German families on board cross the Tennessee River. Most of them don’t speak English. The Germans, part o the technological elite of the fallen Nazi regime, are supposed to build ballistic missiles for the US army – under the supervision of the CIA. They are outsiders trying to adjust to a foreign culture and servants of a demanding administration, who are giving them an opportunity to shed their past in exchange of their invaluable knowledge. And while Europe tries to get up, in America a new journey begins. A journey to the German Moon.
Jan Mojto’s Beta Film and Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli’s Wildside share a long-term partnership with the political thriller series 1992, 1993 and most recent 1994, of which first images will be presented during MIPCOM. Zeitsprung, whose credits include the multi-awarded Side Effects, Adidas vs Puma and now Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film, also in Beta’s current MIPCOM line-up, is part of Jan Mojto’s company group.
For the acclaimed Israeli writers Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem & Nadav Schirman it is the first collaboration. Cohen and Leshem created and wrote several successful, critically acclaimed prime-time drama series, among others Allegiance, produced by NBC. The multi-awarded series False Flag, created and written by Cohen, has become the highest ever rated launch of a scripted prime-time show in Israel.
Ron Leshem currently serves as executive producer of HBO's upcoming show Euphoria. As Head of Content and Drama for Keshet, Leshem picked up and oversaw the development of Prisoners of War, adapted by Showtime as Homeland. The decorated author’s novels have been translated into 20 languages. Nadav Schirman’s documentary The Green Prince won the audience award at Sundance Film Festival. He is currently writing/directing Gaddafi, a drama series co-created with Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah).
About Beta Film:
Beta Film is a leading international distributor of license rights for TV, HV, new media as well as independent theatrical films (Beta Cinema) with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program. The company has established itself as a producer of national and international high-end drama with a portfolio comprised of numerous award-winning productions for TV and cinema, among them several International Emmy- and Academy Awards. Beta Film’s credits include TV events like “Babylon Berlin”, “Gomorrah”, “Generation War” and “The Same Sky”. Beta Cinema represents “Downfall“ , “The Lives of Others“, “The Counterfeiters“ and, most recently, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “Never Look Away“. The corporate group has stakes in several national and international production companies and special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto's company group since 2004.
Founded in 2009, the company has produced award winning movies with talents such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Saverio Costanzo and Paolo Sorrentino, competing in Europe’s most renowned festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin), and has also accomplished a long streak of commercial hits (not to mention the recent success of “Like a cat on the highway”). For TV, Wildside has produced three seasons of the local adaptation of “In Treatment”, “1992”, “1993” and "1994"; the debut in television of Academy Award Winning director Paolo Sorrentino, “The Young Pope”, starring Jude Law; the debut in television of Niccolò Ammaniti, "The Miracle”, and “My Brilliant Friend” directed by Saverio Costanzo, based on Elena Ferrante quadrilogy. Wildside is part of Fremantle, one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world.
Michael Souvignier, founder and CEO of Zeitsprung Pictures, has been one of the most prolific and successful producers in German language film and television for the past 30 years. He is responsible for over 400 television productions, both fiction and non-fiction. Among them are over 80 feature films, tv-movies, series and mini-series for all the major German networks, like ARD, ZDF, ARTE, RTL, Sat1 and ProSieben. His productions often focus on contemporary history and socio-critical themes.