STARZPLAY, the international premium streaming platform from STARZ, announced today its partnership with the French National Public Broadcaster FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS and FREMANTLE, confirming start of principal photography for “Ouija,” a fast-paced, riveting French-language drama from Co-Creators Thomas Bourguignon and Jörg Winger. The series is filming in Nice, France, and its surrounding area, Gorges du Verdon.
“Ouija” is a supernatural coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a generational saga. The six-episode series focuses on the events of a French-German school exchange in rural France during the 1982 World Cup. With overall themes of life, love and death, “Ouija” tells the riveting story of characters from three generations – one who fought during World War II, one who rebuilt Europe during the Cold War, and one enjoying the peace the prosperity of the 1980s. Together, they embark on a journey of discovery as they investigate a tragedy that took place in this rural village during the summer of 1944.
Executive Produced by Winger (“Deutschland83/86/89” “Hackerville,” “SOKO Leipzig“), for Big Window and Stéphanie Carrère for Kwaï (“Baron Noir”, “The Last Wave”, “A son”), “Ouija” stars Ophelia Kolb, Katharina Schüttler, Thomas Sarbacher, Stefan Konarske, Ruben Meiller, Eloïse Rey, Victor Lefebvre, Bruno Solo, Patrick Mille, Anne Le Ny, Matthias Van Khache, Catherine Mouchet, Raphaëlle Agogué, Emilia Pieske, Célia Lebrument, Leyla Rink, Manu Libert and Anton Petzold.
“Ouija” co-produced by Kwaï and Big Window (part of UFA Fiction) marks the first co-production between the two Fremantle companies. “Ouija” is STARZPLAY’s second French-language co-production. released for first run in Germany and German-speaking Europe including Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, Spain, the Nordics and second-run distribution in France. The co-production partnership deals between STARZPLAY and FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS, also Kwaï and Big Window was brokered by Jamie Lynn, Executive Vice President, Co-production and Distribution for Fremantle.