German post-production specialist Das Werk is expanding is raising its stake in TV production outfit FFP Media by 30% to 81%.
FFP, which specialises in handling programme commissions from German broadcasters, is working on four TV movie adaptations of novels by Rosamunde Pilcher and a TV movie based on a Barbara Wood novel for public broadcaster ZDF. Also in the works are three TV films for ARD/Degeto and two projects for commercial channels ProSieben and SAT.1.
According to an official announcement, Das Werk's decision to raise its stake in FFP Media was prompted by the production outfit's "very successful performance". Executive board spokesman Joachim Sturmes said that Das Werk wanted to "strengthen the company and producers, and simultaneously accentuate our commitment in the field of film production".
Das Werk, which has had an interest in FFP since October last year, also has stakes in the Road Movies Group, Munich-based Traumwerk Spiel- und Fernsehfilmproduktions GmbH, animation house Trixter Film and Cologne-based Screenworks.