'Wentworth' by FremantleMedia Goes Local: RTL Announces German Remake


Australian prison drama by FremantleMedia sees first adaptation. German nr. 1 broadcaster RTL acquired format rights.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Australian prison drama 'Wentworth' will be remade for European audience. RTL and FremantleMedia's production arm UFA announced plan to create German version.

RTL is German television leader in ad-relevant target group 14-59. RTL achieves 14.1 % year-to-date share, ahead of biggest competitors Sat.1 (9.5 %), young-focused ProSieben (8.8 %) and ZDF (8.5 %). The broadcaster has the same owner as FremantleMedia - FremantleMedia is a part of European entertainment network RTL Group.

RTL commissioned 10 episodes and sets local production to launch in March 2014.

This sale marks first local adaptation of 'Wentworth'. Australian drama has been sold only as finished program by now to various markets including United Kingdom, New Zealand, Africa, Scandinavia and CEE via the deal with SPI International. It was first introduced at spring market MIPTV 2013.

According to the distributor Wentworth is set in violent, dangerous environment of a modern prison. It is a story of survival, rivalry, power struggles and unlikely allegiances. Australian broadcaster SoHo finished first 10-episodes season and plans to launch second season in 2014. Find ratings press release here.