Germany’s Pro7Sat.1 Announces Open Call for Scripted Fare (EXCLUSIVE)

BERLIN — German entertainment group ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to boost international co-production development with an open call for proposals focusing on series and miniseries projects.

The Munich-based broadcaster is inviting writers, producers and production companies from around the globe to submit early stage concepts for “fresh and compelling TV series with a broad and entertaining cinematic appeal.”

ProSiebenSat.1 plans to develop selected projects with the aim of co-producing series and limited series with international partners. Koby Gal-Raday, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland’s senior VP of international co-production and documentaries, says the broadcaster is looking for episodic, primetime procedurals, such as crime dramas and medical skeins, and romantic comedies, as well as other types of shows. In addition, the group is asking for early stage concepts for “exceptional serialized must-see TV miniseries with a significant German angle.”

Since selected projects will be slated as international co-productions, all entries should present a strong potential for international markets.

“Our new initiative is part of ProSiebenSat.1’s strategy to enhance international co-production as integral and crucial part of our stations’ primetime,” Gal-Raday said. “We aim to become a creative home for leading showrunners and production companies and a leading force in creating new high-quality original programming suitable for our local audiences and audiences around the world.”

After a comprehensive evaluation process led by ProSiebenSat.1’s International Co-Production department, the company plans to invest in the development of up to 15 projects no later than the end of 2015. ProSiebenSat.1 will also seek “the best” international partners to realize the projects.

Participants can log on to www.Prosiebensat1.com/international in order to submit project proposals and to access all necessary information and requirements. The submission period runs from June 1 to Aug. 3.

“ProSiebenSat.1 TV is looking continuously for new ways to open up the best resources for program innovation,” added ProSiebenSat.1 TVD general manager Wolfgang Link. “It is a natural step to widen our scope with a global initiative. International co-productions are one of the pillars of our content strategy for the next years.”

In an exclusive interview in Weekly Variety, Gal-Raday discusses ProSiebenSat.1’s international co-production strategy and how the broadcaster hopes to bolster its original scripted content offering by collaborating with international talent.

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