European tv group Newen Join and Berlin-based Flare Leisure are becoming a member of forces to co-develop and distribute Balaton Brigade, a Chilly Conflict spy drama from Hungarian manufacturing firm Joyrider, which Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi (On Physique and Soul, The Story of My Spouse) will direct.
The mission, which Joyrider offered on the Berlinale Co-Professional collection pitching occasion earlier this yr, is ready on the Hungarian resort of Lake Balaton in 1986, on the peak of the Chilly Conflict. It follows Berndt Reider, the chief of a Stasi unit stationed at Balaton and tasked with stopping East German holidaymakers from sneaking over the border to flee to the West. What his bosses don’t know: Reider himself is secretly getting ready to flee along with his household to guard his teenage daughter, a younger swimming prodigy, from the East German doping machine.
Flare and Joyrider will collectively develop the eight-part collection, created by Joyrider’s Gabor Krigler, Balazs Lengyel and Balazs Lovas. Enyedi, who simply offered her English-language debut, The Story of My Spouse, in competitors on the Cannes Movie Pageant, will direct. The 2 firms are presently seeking to connect a German author and director to the mission, which shall be largely shot in German. Precept images is ready to happen in Hungary subsequent summer time. Hungarian channel RTL Klub is already on board as a commissioning broadcaster. Flare will start pitching the mission to German broadcasters this autumn. Newen Join will deal with worldwide distribution and is presenting the mission to patrons at this yr’s Sequence Mania, which runs by means of Sept. 2 in Lille, France.
Balaton Brigade is the newest enlargement into small display drama for Flare, which not too long ago wrapped manufacturing on the German drama collection Paradiso for Sky Deutschland. The Berlin-based firm, which has been making function movies and documentaries since 2008, launched a TV drama division final yr.
French group Newen, which brings collectively the industrial actions of Newen Group, TF1 Studio and ReelOne Worldwide, is one in every of Europe’s main producers and distributors of TV content material, with a library of some 1,000 movies and greater than 6,000 hours of programming.