Mediawan & Leonine buy ‘Doctor Foster’ & ‘Pure’ UK prodco Drama Republic

Mediawan in France and Germany’s Leonine Studios have taken a majority stake in Drama Republic, the UK prodco behind Pure, Doctor Foster and The Honourable Woman. The French and German outfits joined forces last year via the Mediawan Alliance and will now be formally known as Mediawan & Leonine Studios, with the 51% stake in […]

German studio Leonine appoints Hulu & YouTube alum Heather Moosnick to board

Germany’s Leonine Studios has appointed the former SVP of content partnerships at US streamer Hulu to its advisory board. Heather Moosnick previously worked across the Disney-owned streamer’s content and acquisition strategy, and was also head of global business development, strategy and content partner management for YouTube TV and Google Fiber. Prior to that, Moosnick was […]

Leonine’s SEO Entertainment hires Constantin exec as head of development

Fast-growing German production group Leonine has hired Sebastian Heinlein from domestic rival Constantin Entertainment to head up the creative team at SEO Entertainment. Heinlein joins SEO Entertainment – which Leonine acquired in late December – as head of development & creative director from 1 April. He will also work across development for other non-fiction production […]

Leonine hires Sky Vision & Sonar alum to head global sales

German outfit Leonine Studios has hired former Sky Vision and Sonar exec Patrick Phelan to lead its global distribution efforts. Phelan becomes director of world sales at Leonine, with a remit to oversee all international sales activities for the company’s licensing unit. He will report to SVP of license sales, Christiane Goldberg. Phelan was previously […]

Germany’s Leonine hires former Red Arrow Studios creative chief Nina Etspueler

Private equity-backed German studio Leonine has hired Red Arrow Studios’ former group creative director Nina Etspueler to lead the fast-growing company’s entertainment interests and launch her own production label. She will join Leonine as head of entertainment development from 1 January and reports directly into CEO, Fred Kogel. Etspueler will oversee the development and cooperation of […]

Discovery Germany to buy Leonine’s Tele 5

Discovery Germany has agreed to acquire Leonine’s entertainment channel Tele 5. The deal also is accompanied by an agreement that will see both parties supply one another with programming, allowing Discovery Germany to access Leonine’s fictional content library. Leonine is the fast-growing German media group, founded last year by Fred Kogel with backing from US […]

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 […]