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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. […]

Monster Frog attracts Austria’s ORF

Austrian pubcaster ORF will coproduce a pair of wildlife films with factual specialist Earth Touch. These are 50-minute one-offs Monster Frog and Black Mamba – Kiss of Death. The former will look at the strangest frogs from around the modern world, including western Africa’s Goliath, while investigating the existence of Beelzebufo, a 70 million-year-old Devil […]

ORF seals German Screenings deals

ORF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Austrian pubcaster, has announced a raft of documentary sales in the wake of the 38th German Screenings, which took place in Vienna, Austria, this week. From its respected Universum factual strand Secrets of Bumblebees was acquired by Italian pubcaster Rai and its Polish, Swedish and Slovenian counterparts TVP […]

Seven Network buys Woodlies special

Australian free-to-air network Seven has acquired a feature-length instalment of animated property The Woodlies. Seven Network has already aired the regular The Woodlies animated series. It will air the The Woodlies Movie in late February. The animated property, about a group of trolls and based on the Cornelia Funke novel No Cookies for Troll, is […]

Austria’s ORF sells crime and Universum docs at MIPCOM

ORF Enterprise, the commercial subsidiary of Austrian public broadcaster ORF, has inked a raft of MIPCOM deals for its crime and for its documentary programming. It has sold its drama series Four Women and a Funeral to cable channels run by Fox and Sony. Sony’s AXN has acquired the crime drama for its AXN channel […]