German commercial web RTL has inked a three-year output deal with Hallmark Entertainment. Starting in 1998, RTL will have exclusive German-lingo rights to all Hallmark productions, and will co-produce three Hallmark projects each year.
The first co-production, miniseries “Merlin” starring Isabella Rossellini and Sam Neill, will air on NBC in May.
RTL is also considering acquiring the German-language rights to TV movies shown on Hallmark’s premium channel.
The agreement with RTL marks the end of Hallmark’s current output deal with the Munich-based Kirch Group.