Sony Pictures Television

Press Release


CANNES 16 October 2014: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has inked a second series deal for global hit format Dragons’ Den in Germany following the huge ratings success of the debut season last month.  The new series will again be produced by SPT Productions Germany for commercial broadcaster VOX.
The hit business series, known locally as Lions’ Den (Die Höhle der Löwen) launched to critical acclaim and strong ratings (1.8m) banking the greatest audience of the day for the broadcaster. Ratings continued to go from strength-to-strength throughout the series, with the popular show exceeding the channel’s slot average across all major demographics, and the most recent episode recording an impressive series high of just over 2m viewers.
Astrid Quentell, managing director and senior vice president, Production, Germany, Sony Pictures Television said: “Our local version of Dragons’ Den really struck a chord with German audiences and proved to be an instant hit all round – even the TV critics loved it. We can’t wait to find more budding entrepreneurs willing to brave our formidable Lions to help fulfil their business dreams.”
Dragons’ Den continues to find new audiences around the world with recent first-run deals inked by SPT in both South Africa and Portugal. M-Net’s Mzansi Magic cable channel in South Africa recently aired a first series run (12x60’) produced by Rapid Blue, while in Portugal, Take & Sound Productions and Blue Pipeline produced 13 episodes of the format for commercial broadcaster SIC. 
A third series of the perennially popular format has also been sold into Sweden to Viasat’s TV8 channel. The 10x60’series is due to air next year and is produced by ITV Studios Nordic. Now midway through the 12th season in the UK, Dragons’ Den is enjoying impressive ratings, outperforming BBC2’s primetime average by +57%. 
Dragons’ Den, created by NTV and distributed internationally by SPT, gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to secure life-changing sums of money and expertise from some of the biggest names in business. Dragons’ Den is one of the world’s most successful business shows with local versions produced in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Poland and Czech Republic . In the US, Shark Tank, currently in its sixth season on ABC, continues its success and most recently won a 2014 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality programme. 


Saskia Wirth
Director, Communications (EMEA)
+44 (207) 533-1363


About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and