Amazon Orders First German-Language Series from Matthias Schweighoefer

BERLIN — Amazon has tapped German star and writer-director Matthias Schweighoefer for its first German-language TV series.

In “Wanted,” Schweighoefer plays a Berlin convention center project manager whose life is turned upside down following a mysterious hacking attack, putting him and his family in grave danger. The suspense series will premiere on Amazon Prime in Germany and Austria in 2017.

Schweighoefer’s Pantaleon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner Bros. International Television Production Deutschland are producing for Amazon.

Schweighoefer has written, directed and starred in such big-screen hits as “Vaterfreuden” and “Der Nanny,” but “Wanted” marks the first TV series the actor will both star in and direct.

“This extraordinary cooperation with Matthias Schweighofer, one of the most sought after actors and directors in German-speaking countries, raises Germany’s most popular video streaming service Amazon Prime to a whole new level,” said Christoph Schneider, managing director of Amazon Video Germany.

“With our first regional Amazon original production we implement not only the desire of many of our customers for exclusive German content, but also extend our service to new audiences and establish Amazon Prime also as an important partner for producers and creative professionals in this country.”

“For Warner Bros., this is another step in our strategy to produce, together with the most innovative and creative partners, quality German-language feature films and TV series,” added Willi Geike, president and managing director of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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