ZDF Enterprises and the internationally renowned and multi-award-winning producer Uwe Kersken joined forces to establish G5 fiction in 2014. The partners have been successfully collaborating for many years. Uwe Kersken is a co-founder and longtime managing partner of the Cologne-based production company Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion. In his role as Executive Producer at G5 fiction, he is responsible for the creation, development, financing, production, and licensing rights of top-quality, original drama programs (mini-series, long-running series and event productions) with strong potential on the German and international markets. The focus is on topics with a historical background, although projects from other genres are also considered.
The first projects being developed at G5 fiction for the international market include the series Alexander the Great with Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Vikings) as showrunner and author and the mini-series Ellis Island, written by Dario Poloni with Michael Hirst as script supervisor, which is being produced in Ireland, National broadcasters from Germany, Italy and Ireland on board. The ‘La Senora’, Dona Gracia (The Woman who defied the Inquisition) mini-series, with a pilot and ‘Bible’ written by Gavin Scott, has been partly financed by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. G5 fiction is currently developing several mini-series, TV movies and a feature film for German-language television.
The aim of G5 fiction is to create an international bridge and to drive collaboration between creative and prominent partners and co-producers both within Germany and beyond to produce fiction programs of various formats and in a variety of constellations. Internationally, this includes well-known companies such as Element Pictures, Dublin, Elephant Group, Paris, Joss Communication (William J. MacDonald – Rome), MediaBiz, Montreal, Starlings Entertainment, Santa Monica. Within Germany, this includes Letterbox, ufa fiction, Zeitsprung-Pictures, Network Movie and Bavaria Fiction.