Border Patrol Among TCB’s Factual Sales in Germany


LONDON: TCB Media Rights has placed more than 150 hours of factual content, including the series Border Patrol, with five German broadcasters.

TCB Media Rights secured deals for 15 factual titles, with ProSieben acquiring seasons four through eight of Greenstone’s Border Patrol, which is now in its ninth season. ProSieben also signed on for the first two seasons of Murder Made Me Famous.

Discovery Germany licensed two series, What on Earth? and Combat Dealers. Meanwhile, Combat Ships and Combat Trains have been taken by Bertelsmann’s news channel n-tv, which also picked up the five-part series Secrets of the Underworld and the 18×30-minute program Surveillance. In addition, WeltN24 secured Like A Shot Entertainment’s six-part series Abandoned Engineering and History’s Greatest Hoaxes. ZDF Enterprises snapped up TCB’s Forbidden History, Inquisition, Inside Jaguar, Medieval Dead and Medieval Murder Mysteries for German pubcaster ZDF.

Kate Llewellyn-Jones, the managing director of TCB Media Rights, said, “It’s generally acknowledged that, if you can sell a show into Germany, you can sell it anywhere. Germany’s the world’s second biggest TV market and arguably its most competitive, so there’s huge pressure on the country’s broadcasters to find content that works in their schedules, not to mention for their highly discerning audience. To have closed deals with five of Germany’s top broadcasters is not just a feather in our cap commercially, but a real tribute to the creative pulling power of our portfolio.”