For years, one of Sarah Doole’s pet goals was to put a German-language show before English-speaking viewers. A veteran of European TV, Doole admired many of Germany’s small-screen dramas. Unfortunately, it was mostly just Germans who saw them.
That changed radically two years ago when FremantleMedia, where Doole is head of global drama, picked up Cold War spy series “Deutschland 83.” The show became a breakout hit, infiltrating more than 100 territories, including the U.S., and nabbing an International Emmy. “The world watched it even more than Germany watched it,” says Nico Hofmann, CEO of UFA Group, which produced the series.
Now, Germany is surging into the high…