German mini-major Constantin Film has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with commercial television giant RTL Deutschland which covers exclusive free television and streaming rights for all of Constantine’s theatrical productions, in German and English.
The deal, unveiled Thursday, applies to all of Constantine’s in-house productions and co-productions that start filming from January 1. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Constantin and RTL have been partners for many years on films and television series, more recently on limited series The allegation, a legal thriller starring Peter Kurth (Babylon Berlin), the comedy Weil wir Champions sind (Because we are champions) with Wotan Wilke Möhring (Perfume), and Strafe (Punishment), an anthology series based on short stories by the prolific best-selling German author Ferdinand von Schirach.
The new deal will include upcoming productions of Paul WS Anderson’s Constantine (resident Evil), David Wnendt (Look who’s back), Til Schweiger (Rabbit without ears) and Doris Dörrie (Cherry blossoms). One of the highlights is the new film by hitmaker Bora Dagtekin, whose suck me shakespeer The most successful German-language franchise of the past decade, school comedy trilogy.
“Constantin Film’s in-house productions have shaped the media landscape in Germany for decades and set the standard for outstanding and successful films,” said Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film. “RTL Deutschland is exactly the right partner for our in-house productions. We and the many artists we work with look forward to this collaboration.
For RTL, the agreement marks a new investment in original productions. The network, which operates local-language streamer TVNow, doubled its internal commissions and German-language acquisitions to differentiate itself from streaming platforms operated by the United States.
“We are on the move: the new strategic partnership with Constantin Film is another important step on RTL’s path to become the leading entertainment brand [in Germany]Said RTL co-CEO Stephan Schäfer. “This exclusive framework agreement allows us to acquire an extraordinary portfolio of artists and creatives, with their roots here with us, for us and for our audiences.”