Overview

  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT

    Alexander the Great is undoubtedly one of the world’s most scintillating and simultaneously most controversial historical figures. He was the prototype of all conquerors, the perfect role model for those who aspired to power, fame, and honor on the battlefield – from Julius Caesar to Napoleon Bonaparte. At the age of 33, Alexander achieved what other powerful forces had not managed to achieve over generations – let alone as a single person: he had built one of the greatest empires of antiquity. His deeds were immortalized in numerous paintings, poems, and stories, and continue to inspire artists all over the world to this day.

  • DOÑA GRACIA – LA SEÑORA – The Woman Who Defied The Inquisition

    Doña Gracia is an eight-part series about the true story of Doña Gracia Nasi, a Jewish noblewoman from Portugal in the 16th century. She is pursued by the Inquisition, but refuses to convert to Catholicism.  In order to save the lives of thousands of Jews, she organizes an extensive network to bring people to safety. She is ultimately expelled from Portugal and makes an adventurous escape via Antwerp, where she was able to live in peace for a short time, and then via Aachen, Lyon, and Venice, before arriving in the capital of the Ottoman Empire – Constantinople.

  • ELLIS ISLAND – Stairs of Separation

    In the early 20th century, hundreds of thousands of impoverished European families are making their way to the promised land: America. Primarily Germans, Italians, Irishmen, Scandinavians, and Russians – in this case mainly Jews, arrive in large numbers, fleeing persecution but also in search of a better life. They encounter the overstretched and indeed corrupt bureaucrats on Ellis Island, who are responsible for issuing entry permits. An exceptionally current global issue.

  • COLD WAR CABARET

    Berlin, 1960. In the lively four-sector city, world powers are armed to the teeth and inches away from starting World War Three. A cold and dirty war of the secret services is smoldering among the ruins and reconstruction, the outcome of which will decide who will make it first into space. The United States against the USSR, Shepard against Gargarin.

  • BERLIN GOTHIC

    A serial killer lurks in Berlin’s subterranean tunnels, as orphaned Till Anschütz tries to wedge a place for himself in the lives of Berlin’s illustrious and affluent Bentheim family. In so doing, he sets into motion a dark chain of events that threatens to destroy him, the family, and the entire city.

  • BRENT SPAR WAR

    Brent Spar War tells the story of the battle between Greenpeace and oil giant Shell in 1995, which attracted worldwide attention and led to a permanent increase in environmental awareness among consumers and corporations.

  • BIG SHOES

    In March 2016, the German-language TV movie Duell der Brüder was a big hit for RTL and has recently been rebroadcasted.  The 120-minute movie tells the emotional and heroic story of the German Dassler dynasty: The story follows the success of the two brothers, Adolf and Rudi, as well as their successful partnership, the long-standing and bitter family feud, and, ultimately, the dramatic separation in 1948 – which is also the date when two global conglomerates – Adidas and Puma – were born.
    The film itself, actor Ken Duken, and set design were all nominated for the German Television Award. The film did well at the New York City Film Festival, receiving eight awards in total, including ‘Best Narrative Film’, ‘Best Actor in Leading Role’ for Torben Liebrecht, ‘Best Actress’ for Nadja Becker, ‘Best Cinematography’ for Georgij Pestov, ‘Best Film Editing’ for Ingo Recker, ‘Best Original Music’ for Frederik Wiedmann, and ‘Best Costume Design’ for Elisabeth Kraus.
    There were also nominations for Ken Duken for ‘Best Actor in Leading Role’, and Pico von Groote for ‘Best Actress’.

  • FUGGER

    At a time when all power emanated from the nobility and the clergy, the Augsburg merchant and banker Jakob Fugger discovered an even greater power: the power of money. As a cunning investor and aggressive monopolist, through insider knowledge, speculation, bribery and huge loans, he puts himself in a position where rulers and popes come to depend on him. Jakob becomes the richest man of all time, the most powerful economic leader, the universally courted and feared financial emperor of Europe.

  • KADEWE

    KaDeWe takes us back to the 1930s to tell the story of the people working in one of the largest and most elegant department stores in the world. It has everything! Customers from all over the world meet in the heart of Berlin to admire the latest looks from Parisian catwalks, or purchase exotic fruit. Thousands of employees from all aspects of Berlin society are there to serve. It resembles a magnificent oversized doll’s house, in which the world still feels like it should. Naturally, there are rich and poor, and upper and lower classes. Everyone knows where they belong – at least until Hitler seizes power. Within just a few weeks, everything changes. Fellow citizens – Jews and opponents of the Nazis – are excluded from society, deprived of their rights, robbed of their property, and ultimately killed.

  • MEMELLAND

    Spring, 1914. Water has flowed along the Memel river, also known as the Neman, for tens of thousands of years, and along its shores there are people who have long been living in peace. There are poor and rich, upper and lower classes, gentlemen and servants ... and also envy and injustice. But there is nothing that hints at the forthcoming atrocities. While still a child, Silva von Adomeit falls victim to a conspiracy, survives in the wilderness that surrounds the river, returning years later, unrecognized, and ready to fight for her legacy.

  • MORBUS DEI

    Based on the bestselling European trilogy of the same name, Morbus Dei tells the breathtaking story of a terrifying disease that threatens the entire Habsburg Empire at the beginning of the 18th century. The story revolves around Johann List and Elisabeth Karrer, who have to fight for their love – a fight that takes them both from the remote, snowy villages of the Alps through secret abbeys, all the way to Vienna under the Inquisition and the battlefields of Turin – forever fleeing the dreaded disease and their persecutors.

  • MOST NOTORIOUS TYRANTS

    Notorious Tyrants tells the stories of some of the world’s worst oppressors. The first in the series is Caligula, who abused his power as Roman Emperor like no other, becoming a serious criminal and mass murderer.
    Other tyrants whose stories are told in the series include Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler, Qin Shi Huang, Montezuma, Genghis Khan, and Akhenaten.

  • ROME, RHINELAND, AND REPUTATIONS

    It is 68 BC: wars are blazing at every corner of the Roman Empire. And what is Emperor Nero doing amid all this? He is singing.

  • ROMEO AND JULIET IN BERLIN

    It starts off like a crime fiction drama: Jenny and Rami have gone missing. The fathers desperately search for the children in the park, among fighting dogs and drug dealers. They finally find the pair in the company of Matti, an apparently shadowy accordion player who takes his own musical path through Berlin’s lively and multicultural Neukölln district. Relieved, the fathers happily return to the barbecue, and the terrifying experience creates a bond of friendship between the Habibi and Müller families that continues from this day forth.

  • LOVE, POWER, MURDER (The Nibelung Saga)

    This adaptation of the epic German poem, The Song of the Nibelungs, is all about love, betrayal, murder ... and revenge.