Universum Film


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 […]

Studio 100 launches film division

Kids producer and distributor Studio 100 has launched a new movie division, Studio 100 Film. The new unit’s first project will be the Maya the Bee feature. It has international rights to Maya the Bee – Movie. The company said that the launch “formalises Studio 100 Media’s strategic plans for growth into the movie business […]