EXCLUSIVE: Deutschland 83 co-creator Jörg Winger’s newest drama sequence Ouija has added Starzplay as co-producer and the present has set solid, Deadline can reveal.

Co-created by Thomas Bourguignon (Réunions), the France Télévisions sequence was one of many first growth initiatives detailed when Winger unveiled the Fremantle-backed Big Window Productions, which sits inside his former firm UFA Fiction. Ouija is co-produced by Big Window and Kwaï, one other Fremantle label.

Principal images has kicked off in Nice and the encircling space, with Ophelia Kolb, Katharina Schüttler, Stefan Konarske and Bruno Solo set to guide.

L to R: Ophelia Kolb, Katharina Schüttler, Stefan Konarske and Bruno Solo
Bruno Clement, Nils Schwarz

The fast-paced supernatural coming-of-age story recollects the creators’ time partaking in German-French trade packages.

Set in opposition to the backdrop of a generational saga, the six-parter focuses on such an trade going down in the course of the 1982 soccer World Cup however tells the story of characters from three generations – one who fought throughout World War Two, one who rebuilt Europe in the course of the Cold War and one having fun with the peace and prosperity of the Nineteen Eighties. Together, they embark on a journey of discovery as they examine a tragedy that occurred on this rural village in the course of the summer season of 1944.

Winger instructed Deadline the trade packages offered “an extremely wealthy supply for a fantastic and epic European sequence.”

“The trials and tribulations of the teenage expertise, the cultural clashes between two international locations and three generations,  and historical past coming again to hang-out us all present the spine for the mysterious journey that’s Ouija,” he added. “This is a novel and thrilling European partnership from Big Window and Kwai.”

Bourgignon mentioned: “Ouija is the fantasy model of our recollections. It’s the youth our era would have dreamt to reside. The X era. It’s additionally a portrait of our dad and mom and grandparents – German and French – once they had been younger, within the 1940’s and within the 80’s.”

Other solid members embody Thomas Sarbacher,Ruben Meiller, Eloïse Rey, Victor Lefebvre, Bruno Solo, Patrick Mille, Anne Le Ny, Matthias Van Khache, Catherine Mouchet, Raphaëlle Agogué, Emilia Pieske, Célia Lebrument, Leyla Rink and Manu Libert.

European Opportunities

The present from the celebrated Deutschland 83 creator is reflective of the best way through which U.S. streamers are tying with native European broadcasters to leverage the perfect expertise and is Starzplay’s second French language co-production, following Marc Levy’s All Those Things We Never Said with Canal+.

France Télévisions has French rights and Starzplay takes first run in Germany and German-speaking Europe together with Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, Spain, the Nordics, together with second-run distribution in France. The deal was brokered by Jamie Lynn, Executive Vice President, Co-production and Distribution for Fremantle.

Last week, Starzplay acquired Peacock’s reboot of Channel 4 cult hit Queer as Folk for the UK and a dozen different territories.

Launched in 2020, Winger’s Big Window is targeted on bringing tales from Berlin to a world viewers. Other growth initiatives unveiled at launch included TNT Serie’s The Jungle (working title) a couple of COVID-19 outbreak at a slaughterhouse.

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