EXCLUSIVE: Deutschland 83 Creator Jörg Winger landed one of the first German-language series for Disney + international streamer Star.
Through his Fremantle-backed production company, Big Window Productions, Winger will make Sam – A Saxon for the service, telling the true story of East Germany’s first black policeman, Samuel Meffire.
The eight-part series – one of 10 European Disney + shows exclusively revealed by Deadline today – traces Meffire’s extraordinary life after he became a media sensation and a symbol of modern society in the 1990s after reunification.
But Meffire’s father was killed in a racially motivated attack and he ended up disappointed in his symbolic status, finding himself behind bars a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Ultimately, however, Sam – A Saxon is a redemptive story, with Meffire now a Reformed character, putting his experiences to good use.
Winger is producing the series alongside Tyron Ricketts via Big Window, which premiered last year as a label within Deutschland 83 UFA Fiction producer. Cold War Spy Series Deutschland 83 is one of Germany’s biggest TV exports and a third season, Deutschland 89, premiered last year. It airs on Amazon internationally and on Sundance TV in America.
The other German project unveiled by Disney on Tuesday was Sultan city. Another Star original is a dark comedy about the respectable matriarch of a German-Turkish family who accidentally becomes the head of a criminal world. Two Moons Pictures produces.