The article takes a closer look at the current industry discourse on the transnational circulation of German series. At its centre is a case study of the 1980s period drama Deutschland (2015-2020), based on interviews with key executives and creatives. What is it that makes such ready-made TV fiction go transnational, according to the involved practitioners and in this specific case? Textual factors in particular are examined, such as the thematic and aesthetic extension of the historical-political ‘event’ miniseries through Deutschland. Furthermore, the article explores factors in respect to production, including screenwriting and financing, in the context of the dynamic TV landscape in Germany and Europe.

media studies, television studies, production studies, media industry studies, German television, television series, television production, global television, television scriptwriting, European TV series, period drama, German TV fiction
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
VIEW Journal
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 9, No 17 (2020); 158 - 169

Krauß, Florian. (2020). When German Series Go Global: Industry Discourse on the Period Drama Deutschland and its Transnational Circulation. VIEW Journal, 9(17), 158–169. doi:10.18146/view.212