TBI Weekly: How a US private equity firm is betting on Germany

US-based private equity house KKR has had a busy year in Germany. The New York outfit started 2019 without a foothold in the country but, barely 11 months later, has just tied up a deal for two of Germany’s best known producers. But far from being a one-off piece of M&A activity, the acquisition reflects […]

Germany’s Leonine acquires Wiedemann & Berg TV from Endemol Shine

German studio Leonine has struck a deal to acquire Wiedemann & Berg TV (W&B TV), the Endemol Shine Group-owned company behind Netflix drama hit Dark. The prodco, founded by Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann in 2009 in partnership with Endemol, will become part of the Leonine Production division, which already houses Wiedemann & Berg Film. […]

Universum chief to head distribution for KKR’s Tele München group

Universum Film’s managing director and former RTL exec Bernhard zu Castell is to head up the distribution arm of the recently-formed and fast-growing German production group backed by US investor KKR, which includes Tele München Group. Castell becomes chief distribution officer at the yet-to-be named corporation, which is made up of production outfits including Tele […]

Zodiak seals Czech pubcast deal for Nation’s Brightest

Czech pubcaster CT has ordered a local version of quiz format The Nation’s Brightest, TBI has learned. CT will produce its own 6x60mins version of the show, which will be known locally as The Brightest Czech. The show will launch on CT this Saturday (April 12). Zodiak Rights distributes the format, which launched on ARD […]

Warner Bros. bags new RTL ents series

UK-based Warner Bros. International International Television Production has acquired format rights to RTL’s latest entertainment series, Two vs. the Nation. The show comes from German producer I&U TV and premiered on RTL on September 9 to 5.5 million viewers – almost doubling the channel’s average slot share. The live studio show pits two celebrities against […]