Endemol Shine launches in Germany

Marcus Wolter1Endemol and Shine have begun working as a merged unit in Germany this week, with the shape of their united subsidiary divisions now known.

Endemol Shine Germany will be organised along four lines: Comedy and Light Entertainment, Show (formats), Reality, and Docu & Factual.

As previously reported, Endemol Germany’s Marcus Wolter (pictured) will run Endemol Shine Germany as CEO, with Shine Germany’s chief executive Axel Kuehn leaving as a result.

Arno Schneppenheim will be director of the local production-focused Comedy and Light Entertainment unit, and ESG subsidiary Florida TV, while Shine Germany deputy CEO Holger Rettler becomes director of a new label, Show, which produces the German versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Got to Dance.

Endemol Germany’s Rainer Laux takes on the Reality division, which creates Celebrity Big Brother Germany among other shows, and Wolter is helming the Docu & Factual division while a permanent director is sought.

Also coming under the Endemol Shine Germany umbrella are digital unit Endemol Beyond, whose CEO, Georg Ramme, is also responsible for the international Endemol Beyond business.

Endemol joint ventures Herr P, which is run with host Jörg Pilaw; Florida, which is operated with Joko Winterscheidt und Klaas Heufer-Umlauf; drama prodco Wiedemann & Berg Television; current affairs-focused META productions; and Geiss TV all transfer into the new structure.

Endemol Shine Germany is part of the Endemol Shine Group, which brought together Endemol, Shine and Core Media last year via parent companies 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management.

Formats from the German company include The Brain, which has sold into seven territories, and Host in a Box, which has gone to three.

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