German TV nabs non-scripted fare

AETN series sell to a number of channels

BERLIN — Non-scripted programming is booming on German TV, where channels have picked up a slew of shows from AETN Intl.

Leading commercial web RTL Television nabbed “Ice Road Truckers,” the highest-rated series to air on History in the U.S. and the U.K. The series follows a group of truckers as they haul essential equipment and supplies to remote outposts across Alaska, one of the world’s last great frontiers.

RTL 2 picked up “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and police investigation skein “Crime.”

AETN also licensed “Crude,” “Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire,” “Journey to 10,000 BC” and “The Egyptian Book of the Dead” to German-French pubcaster Arte.

Tele 5 acquired a package of episodes from the “Biography” series, including profiles of Hollywood celebrities such as Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and Sylvester Stallone.

“Germany continues to have a healthy appetite and appreciation for factual programming, with numerous slots in broadcasters’ schedules also highlighting the demand for diverse content,” said Jonathan South, AETN’s director of international content sales for Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In addition to program syndication, AETN has two pay TV channels in Germany, History and The Biography Channel, through a joint venture with NBC Universal Global Networks.

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