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June/25/2021

Dramedy series “Oh Hell“ starts shooting

MagentaTV customers can look forward to a new MagentaTV original: On June 15th the production of “Oh Hell“ began in and around the area of Berlin. “Oh Hell” is a joint production by Deutsche Telekom, WarnerMedia and good friends.

May/04/2021

ZDF thriller „Der Kommissar und die Eifersucht“ has started filming

The thriller directed by Andreas Senn is currently produced in and around Berlin. The story follows a young woman claiming to recognize her missing son in the child of another family.

April/22/2021

“Variety” publishes interview with Moritz von der Groeben and Andreas Prochaska on “The Winemaker”

Sold by Beta Film, “The Winemaker” is the new banner title of Moritz von der Groeben’s Good Friends Filmproduktion, the company behind groundbreaking dark German comedy “Arthur’s Law,” which was released in the U.S. this January by Warner Media’s HBO Max. “The Winemaker” is set in the South Tyrol’s picturesque vineyards. The dominant image, however, is Matteo driving alone at night, sunk in a pitch-black nightmare. Variety talked to von der Groeben and director and co-writer Prochaska, on the eve of “The Winemaker’s” pitch at April’s 9’s MipDrama.

March/29/2021

Winner of the day in fiction: ”Irish-Crime: The Disappearance” with a market share of 17,5%

“Irish-Crime” became winner of the day in fiction with 5,72 Million viewers (17,5% market share) having watched “Irish-Crime: The Disappearance“ on Thursday night. It is the third film of the captivating ARD-Degeto-series with Grimme Award winner Désirée Nosbusch in the leading role. The fourth part “Forgiveness” will air on the 1st of April 2021.

March/05/2021

The Winemaker in the official selection of MIPDrama

The Winemaker has been selected as one of 12 productions for this year’s MIPDrama, which starts, prior to MIPTV, on the 9th of April. MIPDrama offers international buyers an exclusive preview of a curated selection of up-and-coming drama series.

January/05/2021

Arthur’s Law arrives January 7 on HBO Max

HBO announced today that Arthur’s Law will be available on HBO Max beginning January 07. The German-language dark comedy, produced by good friends, has won multiple awards including a Rockie Award as “best non-English comedy series.” In advance of the premiere, HBO Max released the official trailer and key art for the series.

December/09/2020

“THE INSPECTOR AND HIS ANGER” IS PRIMETIME WINNER WITH OVER 6 MILLION VIEWERS (18.6% MA)

ZDF took the lead on mondays primetime-ratings: a total of 6.02 millions viewers (18.6 percent market share) watched the television programm with Roland Wienekker.

December/01/2020

“Slavik – On The State’s Pocket” Wins German Comedy Award

The Joyn original “Slavik – On The States Pocket” wins at this year’s Comedy Award. The good friends production is awarded as best comedy series.

September/02/2020

“Slavik – Auf Staats Nacken” nominated for comedy award

good friends production “Slavik – Auf Staats Nacken” is nominated for the German Comedy Award 2020 in the category “Best Comedy Series”.

August/27/2020

Start of shooting for 2-part movie „Il Pastore“ (ZDF/ServusTV) in South Tyrol

Since Tuesday, August 25th, the two-part film “Il Pastore” (working title) is being shot in South Tyrol, Vienna and the surrounding area. ZDF and ServusTV have joined forces for the production. Both stations will broadcast the films in Germany, as confirmed by ZDF in response to a request from DWDL.de. “Il Pastore” is produced by good friends Filmproduktions GmbH in co-production with Satel Film GmbH. Producer at good friends is Moritz von der Groeben, for Satel it‘s Heinrich Ambrosch.

November/18/2019

Joyn presents in-house production “Slavik Junge”

The production of the eight episodes is the responsibility of good friends Filmproduktion in cooperation with Bratan Production. “Slavik -Auf Staats Nacken” starts on November 26th with two episodes a week on Joyn.

October/25/2019

First “Ireland Krimi” reaches 5.48 million viewers and 18.6 percent viewer market share

The “Ireland Krimi: The Dead of Glenmore Abbey” got a total of 5.48 million viewers. No other station had more viewers on Thursday, and its ratings reached a total of 18.6 percent. This happens to be a good start for the new series with Désirée Nosbusch, who plays the lead role. lead. The following week there will be another case to watch.

September/16/2019

Bonus family from November on in the ARD

In record time, the German adaptation of the Swedish series “The Bonus Family” was created. The episodes can be seen weekly Wednesday evening.

September/13/2019

Arthur’s Law nominated for German Comedy Award 2019

Arthur’s Law was nominated by the jury of the German Comedy Award in the category “Best Comedy Series”. The award ceremony will take place on October 2nd in Cologne.

September/11/2019

Arthur’s Law awarded with ROCKIE AWARD

The jury of this years Rockie Awards has (come to a decision) decided: TNT Comedy Original Arthur’s Law wins as the best non-English language comedy series in international competition. The winners of this section were honored yesterday at a ceremony at the Banff World Media Festival.

May/27/2019

Jan Josef Liefers wins Bavarian Television Award for Arthur’s Law

The Bavarian Television Award was awarded on Friday evening at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. Among the honored award winners was Jan Josef Liefers, who received the award “Blauer Panther” for his portrayal of Arthur the unlucky fellow in the TNT Comedy Original “Arthur’s Law”.

May/03/2019

UNDERCOVER launches on ZDFneo

In the new, ten-part crime series “Undercover”, which starts on May 8, 2019 at 9.45 p.m. on ZDFneo, a drug boss is the focus of an undercover investigation. ZDFneo will be showing the Belgian-German co-production in double episodes on Wednesdays from 9.45 p.m. In the ZDFmediathek all ten episodes will be available from Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

April/11/2019

Start of shooting for ARD series BONUSFAMILY

On April 11th, 2019, shooting began in Berlin and the surrounding area for the six-part horizontally narrated series “Bonusfamilie” (working title) directed by Isabel Braak and based on the books of Antonia Rothe-Liermann. “Bonusfamilie” is about three children, two fathers, two mothers – one family. The series deals with family madness in a patchwork constellation – always with a loving eye for the challenges, but also for the moments of happiness that such a family life offers. The main cast include Inez Bjørg David, Lucas Prisor, Steve Windolf and Anna Schäfer.

March/20/2019

Start of shooting for ZDF thriller “The Inspector and his Anger”

With a kidnapping case, Berlin inspector Martin Brühl (Roeland Wiesnekker) starts a dangerous cat-and-mouse game in the environment of illegal car races. “The Inspector and his Anger” is the working title of the television film of the week (ZDF), for which shooting has begun in Berlin. Further roles are played by Meike Droste, Marc Ben Puch, Sara Fazilat, Michael Schenk, Lucas Gregorowicz, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Aaron Hilmer and Benno Fürmann. The script was written by Christoph Darnstädt, directed by Andreas Senn.

January/17/2019

Arthur’s Law receives Grimme Prize nomination

As one of 5 series, Arthur’s Law is nominated for the Grimme Prize 2019.

January/10/2019

TBS acquires Arthur’s Law for the US market and plans remake

“TBS reaches over 90 million households in the USA. Arthur’s Law’ is the first time a German series will be shown in the original version with English subtitles on one of the leading channels in US cable television,” says Hannes Heyelmann, Managing Director of Turner Central and Eastern Europe, who is responsible for the international strategy of Turner’s own productions.

December/18/2018

Arthur’s Law nominated for the German Television Award 2019

The TNT Comedy Original “Arthur’s Law” is nominated in the categories “Best Comedy Series” and “Best Set Design” (Birgitta Lohrer-Horres for the costume design, Markus Dicklhuber for the set design). The German Television Award will be presented in Düsseldorf on January 31st.

November/12/2018

UNDERCOVER wins audience award at the “Seriencamp 2018”

Our Belgian-German co-production was voted best series by the viewers of the 2018 series camp. Broadcast in summer 2019 on ZDFneo.

September/13/2018

Arthur’s Law in the competition of the Zurich Film Festival

Arthur’s Law is running at this year’s Zurich Film Festival as the only German contribution in the competition of the “International Series” section.

August/31/2018

“Sueddeutsche” writes about Arthur’s Law

“With brilliant pictures and a top-class cast, the series provides proof that sophisticated comedy noir also works in Germany. Arthur’s Law does not sound out an unprecedented genre, but it raises German Comedy noir to international level”.

August/21/2018

DWDL Interview on the launch of “Arthur’s Law

Shortly before the start of their comedy series “Arthur’s Law”, the managing directors explain in an interview with DWDL.de how they approach new players with their production company good friends, what they think of “Kontrakt ’18” and authors as show runners.

August/18/2018

Like “Fargo” from the German province (Tagesspiegel)

A man saws off a hand, a corpse falls from the roof into a warehouse of construction foam, a chandelier becomes a death trap… It is not only these bizarre ways of dying that make the six-part series “Arthur’s Law” so special. The story of a man who on his 50th birthday dares to break out of his barren life and thus sets in motion an incredible chain of strokes of fate in the fictitious little town of Klein Biddenbach, gives the two main actors Jan Josef Liefers and Martina Gedeck room to show acting facets that have never been seen before.

August/02/2018

Désirée Nosbusch investigates for new ARD thriller in Ireland

ARD will soon be looking for criminals in Ireland too and has now engaged actress Désirée Nosbusch as the lead actress in a new crime series. By the end of November, two episodes of “Irish Crime” will be produced.

May/07/2018

Good Friends Acquires German Remake Rights to ‘Bonus Family’

LILLE, France — Beta Film subsidiary Good Friends Filmproduktion, whose groundbreaking TNT Comedy original “Arthur’s Law” plays Saturday at Series Mania, has acquired the German remake rights to hit Swedish format “Bonus Family.”

April/02/2018

World premiere of “Arthur’s Law” at the Festival Series Mania

“Arthur’s Law” is the only German production running in competition with Series Mania.

March/13/2018

“Undercover” in the Canneseries competition

Our co-production “Undercover” will run on April 10th in the Canneseries competition.

March/12/2018

“Arthur’s Law” in advance exclusively on EntertainTV

With the six-part mini-series, the broadcaster “Telekom” is presenting a German-language production for the first time in the exclusive series offering on EntertainTV. “Arthur’s Law” celebrates its world premiere on August 3st and supplements the existing series offering.

January/17/2018

First teaser for “Arthur’s Law

Munich, January 15th, 2018 – Jan Josef Liefers, Martina Gedeck and Nora Tschirner are currently in front of the camera for TNT Comedy Original Arthur’s Law. A teaser now givesshows first insights into the Comedy Noir around unlucky Arthur, played by Jan Josef Liefers. The broadcast on TNT Comedy is planned for 2018. The six-part mini-series is produced by TNT Comedy and good friends Filmproduktions GmbH and is the first fictional in-house production for TNT Comedy for Turner in Germany after the multiple award-winning series Add a Friend and Weinberg and recently 4 blocks for the sister channel TNT Serie.

November/21/2017

“The inspector and the lost Child” with 5.74 million spectators Day Winner

… and yet the special programs did not dominate the ratings hit lists of the day. Rather, it was the ZDF crime drama “The Inspector and the lost Child” which, with 5.74 million viewers and a market share of 17.6 percent, was the daily winner.

Profile

Operating from Germany, the company was founded in 2015 by Moritz von der Groeben along with Beta Film GmbH, and aims to deliver world class TV production. Fictional content is on the rise worldwide. Complex serial story telling is becoming more significant. Now, more than ever, people want to see real emotion in fiction and international co-production is becoming increasingly important. Hence our mission: New television for new markets.

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Team

Moritz von der Groeben studied economics and started his career 20 years ago as chief of staff for Jan Mojto at Kirch-Gruppe.
During this time he supervised production of several national and international feature films and movies, and led the co-production of US feature films and the marketing devision for Beta Film. He has worked as a cinema and television producer since 2002.

Moritz von der Groeben

Managing Director/ Producer

About Moritz

Kirsten Stank

Head of Business Affairs

Sascha Schwill

Line Producer

Laura de la Cruz

Junior-Producer

Tanja Ronsieck

Team Assistant

Jonathan Haver

Producer Trainee