Sky Studios has restarted its first drama shoot shut down as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in March.

Sky Original, Ich und die Anderen, (Me and the Others in English) resumed production in Austria this week, after suspending shooting due to COVID-19 in mid-March.

The restart in Vienna, under strict COVID-19-safe guidelines as set out in Austrian regulations, marks the first Sky Original and Sky Studios show to return to production. Only five days of a total of 62 shoot days were initially completed in March.

The Sky Original Ich und die Anderen is produced by Superfilm Filmproduktions GmbH on behalf of Sky Studios. The showrunner is David Schalko (Braunschlag, Altes Geld and M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder). Producers are John Lueftner from Superfilm, Executive Producer at Sky is Quirin Schmidt.

In addition to lead actor Tom Schilling (Oh Boy, Die Goldfische), the show will feature well-known German stars Mavie Hörbiger (What A Man), Katharina Schüttler (Die Welt der Wunderlichs), Sophie Rois (Die Manns), Martin Wuttke (Tatort, Babylon Berlin), Michael Maertens (Vorsicht vor Leuten) and Lars Eidinger (Babylon Berlin). The six-part series is expected to launch in spring 2021.

Marcus Ammon, Director Original Productions Sky Deutschland: “I would like to thank our producer John Lueftner, our showrunner David Schalko and their entire team, as well as all of our cast for bringing to completion with great verve and renewed enthusiasm what began so promisingly in March. We are very pleased that the Austrian Federal Government, with its Comeback for Film and Television initiative, is making it possible to go back into production.

John Lueftner, Producer Superfilm: added: “It is a great relief to be able to work again – for us and for all filmmakers in Austria. The three-zone working concept is performing, the artistic-creative process on set can take place without any significant corona restrictions.

In addition to showrunner David Schalko and producer John Lueftner, Quirin Schmidt serves as Executive Producer at Sky Deutschland. The exclusive broadcast of the series on Sky is scheduled for spring 2021.

Jon Creamer

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