Nadav Palti, Dori Media Group’s president and CEO, and Guido Reinhardt, a producer on Rampensau from UFA Serial Drama—which adapted Dumb for the German audience—sat down with TV Formats’ Anna Carugati to talk about the making of the original Israeli series as well as its German adaptation and why the unique format travels so well.
Rampensau, a dark comedy that bowed on Vox in Germany this month, is an adaptation of an Israeli format from Dori Media Darset called Dumb—which is exactly what the series’ protagonist Shiri, played by Jasna Fritzi Bauer, wants you to think she is. The series follows a 30-year-old actress who’s been passed over for one too many auditions and is frustrated and aimless when her boyfriend Jonas is arrested on drug charges. Shiri is recruited by the police to go undercover as a 16-year-old high school student and in an effort to save her boyfriend, she does. It proves the role of a lifetime, and her new identity confers upon Shiri a purpose she didn’t know she needed.