PARA - WE ARE KING
FICTION PRODUCTION
STERN TV
NON-FICTION PRODUCTION
THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS
CO-PRODUCTION
YOUTOPIA
DIGITAL ORIGINALS
THE OGGLIES - WELCOME TO SMELLIVILLE
THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION
HONEST THIEF
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
KNIVES OUT
LICENSING
FIVE EYES
ACQUISITIONS
PROFESSIONALS
WORLD SALES

The one stop shop for premium content

LEONINE Studios is a leading independent German content house focusing on inspiring viewers with premium content and being a reliable partner for creative talents.

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we cover the entire value chain of the content business

PRODUCTION

We produce feature films, series, TV shows, entertainment formats, infotainment formats, content for social media channels and co-produce national and international fiction and non-fiction formats. The LEONINE Studios production companies, which include i&u TV, Odeon Entertainment, Odeon Fiction, Wiedemann & Berg Film, W&B Television and SEO Entertainment, are led by award-winning producers with longterm ties to outstanding creative talents.

distribution

We distribute content in theaters, on digital services, in home entertainment and on TV channels. We also entertain audiences with our own SVOD channels Arthouse CNMA, Filmtastic and Home of Horror.

Licensing

We have a market-leading license library which includes programs in all formats and genres. LEONINE Studios’ independence assures that all players in the content sector can be provided with premium content – digital streaming providers, pay TV partners as well as public and private television broadcasters.

MEET THE LEONINE COMPANIES

i&u

i&u TV produces award-winning information and entertainment formats for television networks and digital platforms.
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YOUTOPIA

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THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN!

SMALL VS. TALL

ODEON ENTERTAINMENT

ODEON Entertainment is specialized in factual/reality entertainment productions, documentaries and worldwide live broadcasts.
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VILLA DER LIEBE

ARMES DEUTSCHLAND

KILLERFRAUEN

ODEON FICTION

ODEON Fiction produces high-quality fictional content for television, cinema and streaming platforms. More than 30 creative producers create an enormous variety of productions across all genres and formats.
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SPY CITY

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DEADWIND

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DER STAATSANWALT

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SEO ENTERTAINMENT

produces television formats for private and public broadcasters in Germany that are modern, creative, authentic and always special. From light entertainment to documentaries and comedy, the portfolio is broad and award-winning and sets special accents in the areas of innovative documentaries, visual storytelling, hidden camera, format development and international licensing. SEO Entertainment has a passion for great television with strong storytelling and emotional images.
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TENDER LIMIT

DAS LACHEN DER ANDEREN

FEUER UND FLAMME

WIEDEMANN & BERG FILM

Wiedemann & Berg Film is one of the most successful independent production companies in Germany, with numerous no. 1 box-office hits like NIGHTLIFE and WELCOME TO GERMANY regularly reaching the benchmark of 1 million admissions. In 2006, their first feature film, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, won an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and NEVER LOOK AWAY was nominated for two Academy Awards® in 2018.
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NIGHTLIFE

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NEVER LOOK AWAY

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WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE

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W&B TELEVISION

W&B Television is a high-profile production company with relationships to all content platforms in Germany, currently producing originals for Netflix, Sky, Joyn and TNT Serie. The company produced the first German Netflix Original DARK, which became one of the most successful international Netflix productions to date, winning the voting for Greatest Netflix-Original Series by the users of the English-language online site Rotten Tomatoes in May 2020.
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TRIBES OF EUROPA

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DARK

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PAGAN PEAK

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ARTHOUSE CNMA

Arthouse CNMA is our own SVOD channel for the best in arthouse and independent films.
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THE BOOKSHOP

THE WORDS

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA

FILMTASTIC

Filmtastic is our own SVOD channel for the best international blockbusters, cult films and series.
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TERMINATOR GENISYS

THE DICTATOR

HOME OF HORROR

Home of Horror is our own SVOD channel for horror fans.
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STEPHEN KING’S A GOOD MARRIAGE

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

LEONINE DISTRIBUTION

LEONINE Distribution distributes its content in theaters, on digital services, in home entertainment and on TV channels.
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THE MARKSMAN

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THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS

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DER BOANDLKRAMER UND DIE EWIGE LIEBE

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LEONINE Anime

Experience the highlights of Japanese animation including classics from the world-famous Studio Ghibli. In addition to the successful Japanese anime feature film YOUR NAME. by director Makoto Shinkai and his latest coming-of-age hit WEATHERING WITH YOU, the highlights of the label LEONINE Anime also include masterpieces from Studio Ghibli, such as the Oscar®-winning film SPIRITED AWAY, the classic film AKIRA, and the series CAPTAIN FUTURE. Emotional stories, great animation and high-quality German dubbing inspire anime fans of all ages.
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YOUR NAME.

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WEATHERING WITH YOU

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VIOLET EVERGARDEN

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SPIRITED AWAY

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AKIRA

LEONINE Audio

Entertainment for the ears as radio play CDs and digitally as streams or downloads. This is where exciting radio play adventures of well-known brands await you. No matter if it is action for school kids like LEGO® NINJAGO, horse stories at SCHLEICH HORSE CLUB, radio play adventures of the six heroic dogs of PAW PATROL or exciting soccer action in the PANINI SPORTS ACADEMY for kids who dream of a career as a soccer pro - there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!

FLÜSTERWALD

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PAW PATROL

LEGO® NINJAGO®

LEONINE Kids

Adventure for the little ones and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to current successes such as MAYA THE BEE and RAVEN THE LITTLE RASCAL, the label is based on the classics of Astrid Lindgren such as PIPPI LONGSTOCKING and well-known cult animated series such as HEIDI and VICKY THE VIKING. The range includes exciting live-action movies for the whole family such as THE LITTLE GHOST and MAX & THE WILD BUNCH, pre-school series such as PAW PATROL, PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH, LIESELOTTE and highlights for school kids such as LEGO® NINJAGO and FIND ME IN PARIS.
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MAYA THE BEE: THE HONEY GAMES

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MAX & THE WILD BUNCH

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LIESELOTTE

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PETRONELLA APFELMUS

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CLASART CLASSIC

Since 1976 Clasart Classic has been producing and presenting unique works of classical music and productions with the most renowned contemporary artists.
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SAMSON AND DELILAH

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
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ALEKSANDRA KURZAK & ROBERTO ALAGNA

MET STARS LIVE IN CONCERT
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ANNA NETREBKO

MET STARS LIVE IN CONCERT
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MET OPERA LIVE IM KINO

With MET OPERA LIVE IM KINO, Clasart Classic presents live opera performances and recordings from the New York Metropolitan Opera in German and Austrian cinemas.
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PORGY AND BESS

THE GERSHWINS'
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AGRIPPINA

GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
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DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
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AKHNATEN

PHILIP GLASS
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DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

RICHARD WAGNER
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AIDA

GIUSEPPE VERDI
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LEONINE LICENSING

LEONINE Licensing draws on its market-leading license library that includes programs in all formats and genres. LEONINE’s independence assures that all players in the content sector can be provided with premium content – digital streaming providers, pay TV partners as well as public and private television broadcasters.
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PROFESSIONALS

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KNIVES OUT

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THE GENTLEMEN

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CAREER

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

LEONINE Studios’ management is a team of professionals with more than 25 years experience in the media industry and close ties to talents across Europe.

Fred Kogel

Fred
Kogel

Chief Executive Officer
Entertainment Production, Licensing

Fred Kogel

Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Production, Licensing

Fred Kogel, Chief Executive Officer of LEONINE Studios, is an experienced media manager who has been working as a managing director and producer in the radio, TV and film industries for over 25 years.

After graduating as a lawyer, he began his career in 1981 as a radio producer for ARD and various private radio stations. In 1989 he moved into television as an independent producer of major entertainment shows, including the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST (1989-1999) for ARD and WETTEN, DASS … (1991-1995), the most successful TV show on German television, for ZDF. From 1993-1995, he was also Head of Entertainment at ZDF. This was followed by six years as a Member of the Management Board of the TV broadcaster Sat.1, where he was responsible for programming, sales and the merger of the channel into ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG.

In 2001, he founded Constantin Entertainment GmbH, which developed into one of Germany’s leading production companies in the television sector.

In the same period he became a Member of the Management Board of Kirch Media until he took over the position of CEO of Constantin Film AG for six years in 2003. At the same time, Fred Kogel founded Kogel & Schmidt GmbH in 2004 as Managing Partner together with the well-known entertainer Harald Schmidt and produced late-night shows for ARD, Sat.1 and Sky. In parallel, he also founded Fred Kogel GmbH, with which he consults and supports nationally and internationally renowned media companies and talents.

In 2013 he produced the TV show for the awarding of the most important prize in the German film industry, the German Film Award.

From 2014-2017, he assumed the position of CEO of the publicly-listed Constantin Medien AG. He was a Member of the Supervisory Boards of Constantin Film AG (1999-2003; 2009-2014), ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (2002) and Constantin Medien AG (2009-2014).

Quirin Berg

Quirin
Berg

Chief Creative & Chief Production Officer
Fiction Production

Quirin Berg

Chief Creative & Chief Production Officer, Fiction Production

Quirin Berg is Chief Production Officer and Chief Creative Officer of LEONINE Studios. He is responsible for all fiction production and the creative direction of LEONINE Studios.

Quirin Berg studied production and media management from 1999 to 2003 at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2003 he founded Wiedemann & Berg Film together with Max Wiedemann, followed by W&B Television in 2010. As its Managing Director, shareholder and executive producer he has since been responsible for more than 120 cinema and television productions. These include the Oscar®-winning THE LIVES OF OTHERS, the two-time Oscar®-nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY, and multiple number one box-office hits such as MEN IN THE CITY, JOY OF FATHERHOOD, and WELCOME TO GERMANY.

TV projects include the cult series 4 BLOCKS (TNT Serie), PAGAN PEAK (Sky), and the first German Netflix Original, DARK, which was named Greatest Netflix Original Series by the leading US review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Quirin Berg is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy as well as the British Film Academy. He was named Bavarian Entrepreneur of the Year and received numerous awards, including the European Film Award, the British Academy Film Award, the Austrian Film Award, the German Film Award, the Bavarian Film Prize, the German Television Prize, the Bavarian Television Award, the Grimme Award, the GQ Men of the Year Award, the LA Critics Award, the Golden Camera, and the Bambi.

Dr. Markus Frerker, COO

Dr. Markus
Frerker

Chief Operating Officer
Organization/Processes, HR, IT, M&A, TV-Business

Dr. Markus Frerker

Chief Operating Officer, Organization/Processes, HR, IT, M&A, TV-Business

Dr. Markus Frerker is Chief Operating Officer of LEONINE Studios. He is responsible for Organization/Processes, Human Resources, the TV-Business (free TV channels and digital TV channels) as well as – jointly with the CFO – the areas IT and M&A.

Prior to that, he was Chief Officer Group Content at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE from 2013 to 2017. In this position, he was responsible for the entire program sourcing including license acquisitions, commissioned productions and theatrical co-productions as well as the monetization of programs across the entire group. The latter included, in particular, the strategic planning of the exploitation windows across the linear and digital channels of the broadcasting group as well as program sales in German-speaking territories.

Dr. Markus Frerker was also Managing Director of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH and ProSiebenSat.1 Digital GmbH as well as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of ProSieben Puls 8 TV AG in Switzerland.

Before that, he worked for 13 years for McKinsey. As partner and head of the German practice group for media, telecommunications and technology, his focus was on strategic consulting, business development and organization. He advised a wide range of clients including TV production companies and broadcasters, music publishers, record labels, publishing houses, sports federations and leagues, online offerings and museums.

Before joining McKinsey, he studied medicine in Stanford, Kyoto, London and Hanover, where he also earned his doctorate degree. He worked as a surgeon at the university hospitals in Essen and Munich. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Joachim Scheuenpflug, CFO

Joachim
Scheuenpflug

Chief Financial Officer
Accounting, Controlling, Treasury, Tax, M&A, Internal Audit

Joachim Scheuenpflug

Chief Financial Officer, Accounting, Controlling, Treasury, Tax, M&A, Internal Audit

Joachim Scheuenpflug is Chief Financial Officer of LEONINE Studios. He is responsible for Accounting, Controlling, Treasury, Tax, M&A and Internal Auditing.

Before joining LEONINE Studios, he was Chief Group Controller of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, where he was responsible for controlling processes for almost seven years. In his role as Chief Financial Officer of the Digital Segment, he played a key role in its development and expansion. He began his work at ProSiebenSat.1 in the Content Production & Global Sales Segment (Red Arrow Studios), where he professionalized the commercial organization of the production companies and ensured their smooth integration into the Group.

Before joining ProSiebenSat.1, he worked for HypoVereinsbank for over twelve years. As head of M&A and investments, he drove forward, in particular, the bank’s integration into the UniCredit Group. This also included bundling the international investment banking activities of the UniCredit Group at HypoVereinsbank. From his work in the SME corporate lending business, he is familiar with both the needs of corporate customers and the credit decision-making processes of banks.

As a member of the Supervisory Board, he was active for HVB Capital Partners AG, Planet Home AG and Bankhaus Neelmeyer AG, among others.

Max Wiedemann

Max
Wiedemann

Chief Business Development & Chief Production Officer
Fiction Production

Max Wiedemann

Chief Business Development & Chief Production Officer, Fiction Production

Max Wiedemann is Chief Production Officer and Chief Business Development Officer of LEONINE Studios. He oversees all fiction productions and is responsible for the development and integration of new business areas.

Max Wiedemann studied production and media management from 1999 to 2003 at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2003 he founded Wiedemann & Berg Film together with Quirin Berg, followed by W&B Television in 2010. As its Managing Director, shareholder and executive producer he has since been responsible for more than 120 cinema and television productions. These include the Oscar®-winning THE LIVES OF OTHERS, the two-time Oscar®-nominated NEVER LOOK AWAY, and multiple number one hits such as MEN IN THE CITY, WHO AM I, JOY OF FATHERHOOD, and WELCOME TO GERMANY.

TV projects include the cult series 4 BLOCKS (TNT Serie), PAGAN PEAK (Sky), and the first German Netflix Original, DARK, which was named Greatest Netflix Original Series by the leading US review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Max Wiedemann is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy as well as the British Film Academy. He was named Bavarian Entrepreneur of the Year and received numerous awards, including the European Film Award, the British Academy Film Award, the Austrian Film Award, the German Film Award, the Bavarian Film Prize, the German Television Prize, the Bavarian Television Award, the LA Critics Award, the Golden Camera, and the Bambi.

Bernhard zu Castell, CDO

Bernhard
zu Castell

Chief Distribution Officer
Theatrical and Physical Distribution, Digital Sales

Bernhard zu Castell

Chief Distribution Officer, Theatrical and Physical Distribution, Digital Sales

Bernhard zu Castell is Chief Distribution Officer of LEONINE Studios and is responsible for theatrical film distribution, home entertainment and the digital distribution of all films and series.

Bernhard zu Castell, who holds a degree in engineering and business administration, worked at Universum Film from 2006 to 2019, initially as Commercial Director and from 2010 as sole Managing Director. Thus zu Castell has extensive years of experience in theatrical distribution and home entertainment, which includes content exploitation on DVD, Blu-ray and in digital services, as well as the exploitation of content in the audio sector. During this time, Universum Film developed into one of the strongest independent distributors in the German-speaking region.

His focus was on expanding the theatrical business, building up the digital business, founding the SVOD channels Home of Horror and Arthouse CNMA, building up the audio business, and establishing highly efficient processes and IT systems to support the complex business model. In addition, numerous business partners were acquired who partnered with Universum Film to use these structures for the exploitation of their home entertainment products. Zu Castell started his career at the KirchGruppe, followed by positions at Bayern Digital Radio and Brose before working in corporate development at RTL on the development of new business models.