Beta Film secures international distribution rights to high-octane medical drama KRANK Berlin

Welcome to KRANK Berlin, the toughest and most overcrowded hospital in the German capital. Beta Film has boarded the medical drama series, set against the backdrop of the vibrant, fast-paced, and multicultural city of Berlin.
Created by former emergency room doctor turned screenwriter Samuel Jefferson from the UK, KRANK Berlin will be part of Berlinale Series Markets’ showcase “Up next: Germany”, where an exclusive selection of the country's upcoming high-end series will be presented for the first time to international industry professionals.
Leading the cast is Haley Louise Jones (Dear Child, Paradise), portraying Dr. Parker, who takes over as head of the chaotic emergency room. However, managing this challenging environment is no small task for the doctor, as she's seeking a fresh start in the big city after her private life imploded in Munich. When she tries to implement reforms, Dr. Parker is confronted with resistance from the hospital staff. Underpaid, poorly equipped, chronically fatigued, and with an indispensable dose of black humor, the colleagues must recognize that they are all in the same boat and pursuing a common goal: to save lives and to stand up to a merciless healthcare system.
Shooting of the high-octane eight-hour drama wrapped in December at Berlin’s expansive SEZ, a former popular leisure center in East Berlin.
The cast includes Slavko Popadić (House of Promises), Şafak Şengül (Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush) and Peter Lohmeyer (The Net), among others.
Julia Herb, VP Sales & Acquisitions German-speaking territory:
“We are thrilled that KRANK Berlin found a home at ZDFneo and Beta Film. This fast-paced and distinctive series deals with globally relevant issues: It brings a laser focus to the challenges faced by healthcare and medical professionals every day, especially now, in a post-pandemic world. And it is as real as it gets. Even though this is a fictional story, the lived experience by creator and former emergency room doctor Samuel Jefferson contribute to the series’ outstanding authenticity. Set against the exciting backdrop of the melting pot that is Berlin, it’s this unique and special combination that will surely resonate well with audiences across the globe.”
Produced by Violet Pictures and REAL FILM Berlin for ZDFneo, KRANK Berlin is directed by Alex Schaad (Invention of Trust, Skin Deep) and Fabian Möhrke (Eichwald MdB). Producers are Alexis von Wittgenstein (Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood), Managing Director Violet Pictures, and Henning Kamm (Unorthodox), Managing Director REAL FILM Berlin. Beate Bramstedt is the editor at ZDF and Christiane Meyer zur Capellen is the coordinator for ZDFneo. Beta Film handles international sales.