This week saw the announcement of The Wave, Netflix’s third German original series, but production is still moving forwards on its second, Dogs of Berlin.
Directed by thriller veteran Christian Alvart, it centres around the murder of a Turkish-German football super star, which happens the night before a big international game in Berlin-Marzahn. Felix Kramer and Fahri Yardim star as the two unconventional cops who are taking up the fight against crime in Berlin’s underworld. The impressive German cast list also includes Katharina Schüttler, Anna Maria Mühe, Katrin Sass, Hannah Herzsprung, Antonio Wannek, Mišel Matičević, Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Constantin von Jascheroff.
Now, we’ve got a proper look at Kramer and Yardim in action, with the first picture of Dogs of Berlin released by Netflix this week:
The image was unveiled at an event in Rome, where Netflix emphasised its investment in, and success with, European content. Acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, shows such as Dark (Germany), Suburra (Italy), Las Chicas del Cable (Spain) and Black Mirror (UK) have proved that great content has the ability to resonate with consumers locally and globally. For instance, Dark, which debuted last December, generated unexpected fandom in countries such as Chile, Bangladesh and Canada – for every hour watched in Germany, nine hours were watched internationally.
“Our belief is that great storytelling transcends borders. When stories from different countries, languages and cultures find a worldwide platform where the only limitation is the creator’s imagination, then unique, yet universal, stories emerge that are embraced by a global audience,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix.
10 new European projects were also unveiled this week, including Netflix’s first Dutch original series (Netherlands), Mortel (France), Luna Nera (Italy), La Casa de Papel Part 3 (Spain), The English Game (UK), Turn Up Charlie (UK), the return of classic documentary series The Staircase (French production shot in the US), and Netflix’s first Italian original movie, Forgive Us Out Debts.
Sarandos added: “With over 100 European projects launching this year, we are committed to being a voice for European entertainment, giving passionate local content creators a worldwide platform to share their vision, and offering consumers around the world unique and diverse stories they can discover and enjoy, anywhere, anytime and at the same time, no matter their place or language of origin. And this is just the beginning of our journey.”
Netflix’s Dogs of Berlin begins production
3rd November 2017
Production began on Netflix’s Dogs of Berlin this week.
The streaming service’s second German original series is directed by thriller veteran Christian Alvart and centres around the murder of a Turkish-German football super star, which happens the night before a big international game in Berlin-Marzahn.
Created and written by Christian Alvart, it features Felix Kramer and Fahri Yardim as two unconventional cops who are taking up the fight against crime in Berlin’s underworld. The impressive German cast list also includes Katharina Schüttler, Anna Maria Mühe, Katrin Sass, Hannah Herzsprung, Antonio Wannek, Mišel Matičević, Jasna Fritzi Bauer and Constantin von Jascheroff.
“Dogs of Berlin is a cutting-edge crime drama series with thriller elements set in the different sub-worlds of modern Berlin. It’s gripping, fast-paced, tense and emotional in a way that can only be realized at Netflix”, says Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series. “Christian Alvart is a highly gifted storyteller whose concept for Dogs of Berlin excited us. We are looking forward to this collaboration with a unique group of creators and artists in front of and behind the camera. We are very happy to let the dogs off the leash with the start of production.”
Sigi Kamml of Syrreal Entertainment GmbH adds: “Netflix gave us the freedom of creative storytelling and we developed a narrative that goes far beyond conventional crime thrillers. Dogs of Berlin digs deep into the swamp of organized crime in Berlin – and soon our heroes themselves are on the verge of drowning in it.”
The 10-episode series is expected to launch on Netflix worldwide in 2018.
Dogs of Berlin: Netflix orders second German original series
29th April 2017
Netflix has ordered its second German original series, Dogs of Berlin.
Created by Christian Alvart, the 10-episode series follows two contrasting detectives in Berlin, who become a team against their will and are forced into a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld that leaves them facing their own weaknesses and criminal activities, not to mention the decision of which side of law they’re actually on.
Described as an “edgy, modern crime drama” by the streaming giant, the show will be Alvart’s first TV series. The Case 39 and Pandorum director has helmed episodes of long-running crime series Tatort before, but he would act as showrunner on Dogs of Berlin, as well as writer and director.
“To develop a 10-episode show that combines innovative storytelling with complex and unique characters is very exciting for me as an author and director. I wanted to tell the story of these Dogs for quite some time and am very much looking forward to finally bringing them to life together with Netflix’ creative team. They couldn’t have found a better home,” says Alvart.
The project will be produced by Syrreal Entertainment, which was founded in 2008 by director Christian Alvart and is based in Berlin. Together with CEO Siegfried Kamml, Alvart produces movies for the big screen as well as for TV.
:Dogs of Berlin is a fascinating project for our production company,” says Kamml. “Together with Netflix we have the unique chance to merge Christian’s creative force with our vision of entertainment on the highest international level. With my longtime experience on TV series, which have always been my great passion, we will produce a show which will blow the audience’s mind.”
Erik Barmack, Vice President International Originals at Netflix, adds: “Dogs of Berlin tells a compelling and modern German story that dives into the Berlin underworld. Christian Alvart is a great storyteller and a director who knows how to create spectacular and gripping entertainment. We are thrilled that he will realize our second Netflix original that will be completely written, produced and shot in Germany.”
The show’s commission marks Netflix’s continued investment in European production. Since 2012, the streaming service has spent more than $1.75 billion on licensed, original and co-productions across the continent, an ever-growing investment that to date includes more than 90 original productions in various stages of development.
“We know compelling stories can come from anywhere and no matter their origin, can resonate with audiences around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, at a recent event in Berlin. “In fact, of the European shows available on Netflix last year, more than half of watchers came from outside of Europe.”
Netflix’s first German original series, Dark, will premiere later in 2017. You can see a trailer for that here.