14.04.2021, Germany, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland / UFA
Filming starts on the new TV Now original Der König von Palma in Mallorca.
Debauched, easygoing, euphoric – the notorious Playa de Palma party mile, which many are currently longing for again, experienced a boom after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The TV Now original Der König von Palma (The King of Palma) (working title) is the first series to depict how Majorca rose to become a tourist mecca. It also reveals the no holds barred battle to profit from the million-euro mass tourism business for post-reunification Germans at the beginning of the 1990s.
(from left) Henning Baum, Johannes Kunkel, Veronica Priefer, Yves Hensel, Damian John Harper, Sandra Borgmann, Friede Clausz, Pia-Micaela Barucki, Sönke Möhring ©TVNow
Filming for the new TV Now series The King of Palma has just started on Mallorca. TV Now has commissioned UFA Fiction to produce the six-part drama by mid-July.
The plot: Mallorca is the place where Germans go to let their hair down. In the early nineties the Balearic island witnessed a glamorous, debauched and also scary era that is meticulously researched and brought to life in Der König von Palma. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, mass tourism is booming on Mallorca where the Adler family emigrates to open a small beer garden on the infamous Playa de Palma. Their inconspicuous shop soon takes off to become a hot spot in the wild party scene. But the Adlers keep having to cross the line stay ahead and soon find themselves trapped in a vortex of bribery, blackmail and violence...
The executive producers of Der König von Palma are Johannes Kunkel, Veronica Priefer, also head writer, and Yves Hensel. It is directed by Damian John Harper. Marvin Rößler is the producer. On the TV Now side, Nico Grein is executive producer, under the direction of Hauke Bartel, Head of Fiction at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. Der König von Palma is slated for viewing on TV Now in early 2022, and on RTL later that year. Der König von Palma is part of TV Now’s cross-genre fiction campaign in cooperation with RTL.