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Sleeping Dogs (WT) - Real Film Berlin and Netflix announce the start of production for their new crime series

Sleeping Dogs (WT) - Real Film Berlin and Netflix announce the start of production for their new crime series

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  • Screenplay:Christoph Darnstädt

  • Directed by: Stephan Lacant (episodes 1-3), Francis Meletzky (episodes 4-6)

  • Camera: Jens Harant (episodes 1-3), Bella Halben (episodes 4-6)

  • Set design: Stefan Schönberg

  • Costume: Regina Tiedeken

  • Make-up: Jens Bartram

  • Line Producers: Günter Fenner and Ira Wysocki

  • Producers: Henning Kamm and Sibylle Stellbrink

  • Production: Real Film Berlin GmbH

  • Cast: Max Riemelt, Luise von Finckh, Carlo Ljubek, Peri Baumeister, Antonio Wannek, Melodie Wakivuamina, Melika Foroutan, Helgi Schmid, Tara Africah Corrigan, Luna Jordan, Bernd Hölscher and Martin Wuttke


Berlin, July 08, 2022 – Filming has begun in Berlin on the six-part series Sleeping Dogs (WT). The lead roles are played by Max Riemelt as Mike Atlas, and Luise von Finckh as Jule Andergast, alongside Carlo Ljubek as Luka Zaric, Peri Baumeister as Lenni Atlas, Antonio Wannek as Roland Sokowski and Melodie Wakivuamina as Britney Adebayo. Further cast members include Melika Foroutan, Helgi Schmid,Tara Africah Corrigan, Luna Jordan, Bernd Hölscher and Martin Wuttke.

The screenplay is written by Christoph Darnstädt, based on the original series ‘The Exchange Principle’ – created by Noah Stollman and Oded Davidoff and produced by United Studios of Israel for HOT Telecommunications – and the series is directed by Stephan Lacant (episodes 1-3) and Francis Meletzky (episodes 4-6). The filming team is led by Jens Harant (episodes 1-3) and Bella Halben (episodes 4-6). Regina Tiedeken is responsible for costume design, while Stefan Schönberg takes on set design. Günter Fenner and Ira Wysocki are the line producers. Henning Kamm and Sibylle Stellbrink from Real Film Berlin are responsible for the production.

 Sleeping Dogs is the second collaboration between Real Film Berlin and Netflix, after the internationally acclaimed series Unorthodox. Henning Kamm, CEO/Executive Producer, and Sibylle Stellbrink, Executive Producer, said of the new project: “The everyday pressures of police work take people to their limits and beyond. Christoph Darnstädt (in the German adaption of the Israeli Original ‘The Exchange Principle’) successfully captured this pressure and all its consequences with his own unique storytelling style. Stephan Lacant and Francis Meletzky now have the wonderful task, alongside Max Riemelt, Luise von Finckh and Carlo Ljubek, of bringing the whole thing to life in front of the camera. We can’t wait!”

Steffi Ackermann, Director Local Language Series at Netflix, agrees, “I’m very happy about the new collaboration with Real Film Berlin, with whom we already worked very successfully on our award-winning series ‘Unorthodox’. German audiences love crime content more than any other genre, and we’ll certainly cater to their desire. The experience and creative potential of the entire cast and crew of ‘Sleeping Dogs’ means we can expect a fantastic miniseries which viewers can really get excited about.”

Sleeping Dogs is planned for release on Netflix in the first half of 2023.

About Sleeping Dogs

A fallen top police officer and an aspiring young public prosecutor have two very different motives for opening a closed murder case. But when they do, it turns out to be Pandora’s box. As the bloody trail seems to lead them ever deeper into the police and the justice system, both parties suspect a conspiracy. Or does it all come back to a terrorist attack that shook the town 18 months ago?

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 222 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Real Film Berlin

With fantastic standalones, long-running shows and a global hit series, REAL FILM Berlin GmbH is known for its artistic quality, high ratings and integrity. We are a reliable partner for exceptional talents, qualified teams, national broadcasting stations and global streaming providers. The experienced in-house team covers a colorful variety of programs. Our portfolio includes, among others, the ARD TV event 3½ Stunden (3 ½ hours) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, the ZDF fan-favorite early-evening show SOKO Wismar, top-rated ARD series Praxis mit Meerblick (Practice with a Sea View) starring Tanja Wedhorn, the much-acclaimed Polizeiruf 110 (Police 110) for rbb, the cinema adaption of ARD cult-series Berlin, Berlin, the bizarre and dark ZDFneo crime series Dead End starring Antje Traue and Michael Gwisdek, the award-winning rbb Tatort: Amour fou starring Meret Becker and Mark Waschke, ZDF series Gegen die Angst (Against Fear) starring Nadja Uhl, and the Netflix mini-series Unorthodox, which quickly became a global hit and was, among other awards, nominated for eight Emmys and two Golden Globes.

Katia Jacoby