Our Talents

The LEONINE Studios production companies – i&u TV, Odeon Entertainment, Odeon Fiction, SEO Entertainment, W&B Television and Wiedemann & Berg Film – are led by award-winning producers with long-term ties to outstanding creative talents. 

Quirin Berg

Quirin
Berg

Quirin Berg

Chief Creative & Chief Production Officer, Producer & Managing Director Wiedemann & Berg Film & TV

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. He 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.

Nina
Etspüler

Nina Etspüler

Head of Development und Co-Head of Entertainment, Managing Director i&u TV

Nina Etspüler joined LEONINE Studios in 2020 as Head of Entertainment Development and has been additionally appointed to the management board of Cologne-based i&u TV to lead the production company as co-managing director together with Andreas Zaik in 2021. Most recently, Nina served as Group Creative Director at Red Arrow Studios, a ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE company, where she was responsible for global formats and story development, as well as acquisitions and international launches. During her career, she has been involved in the development and international

roll-out of several global format hits such as OLD PEOPLE’S HOME FOR 4 YEAR OLDS, KISS BANG LOVE, BUYING BLIND – DAS HAUSKAUF-EXPERIMENT and LOOK ME IN THE EYE. Before she produced CIRCUS HALLIGALLI and DAS DUELL UM DIE WELT with Germany’s most popular TV hosts Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf for the production banner Florida Entertainment, Nina Etspüler spent more than ten years as executive producer at ProSieben and Sat.1, where she was responsible for formats such as ELTON VS. SIMON, COMEDYSTREET and RENT A POCHER.

Sebastian
Heinlein

Sebastian Heinlein

Head of Development, Creative Director SEO Entertainment

Sebastian Heinlein joined LEONINE Studios in 2021 as Head of Development and Creative Director at SEO Entertainment. In addition to this role, he is Co-Developer at LEONINE Studios and is responsible for the development and creation of new non-fiction and entertainment formats. Most recently, he was Head of Development at Constantin Entertainment. Sebastian Heinlein is highly esteemed in the industry and can already look back on an impressive career. As Executive Producer, he has been holding the reins on the production of the successful Grimme Award-

winning show CATCH! – DER GROSSE SAT.1 FANG-FREITAG with the popular German entertainer Luke Mockridge. From 2011 to 2018, as Program Manager at ProSieben Entertainment, he was responsible for the highly-innovative format DIE BESTE SHOW DER WELT and the legendary late-night show CIRCUS HALLIGALLI with the acclaimed presenter duo Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, among others. DIE BESTE SHOW DER WELT received the German Television Award, while CIRCUS HALLIGALLI was awarded the Grimme Prize.

Mischa
Hofmann

Mischa Hofmann

Producer & Managing Director Odeon Fiction

In 1996, right after his production studies at the University of Television and Film Munich, Mischa Hofmann founded H&V Entertainment together with Philip Voges. The company joined Odeon Film in 2007. Today Mischa Hofmann is managing director of Odeon Fiction – which is a merger of H&V Entertainment and the former Novafilm. As a producer, Mischa covers the complete repertoire of top-class and renowned film and television productions. From exciting crime thrillers like KDD-KRIMINALDAUERDIENST, great audience hits like

BESTE CHANCE, highly-popular series like TÜRKISCH FÜR ANFÄNGER to international series hits – like the recently released SPY CITY. His productions have been awarded numerous times with the German Film Award, the German Television Award as well as the Bavarian Film Award. Mischa was a board member of the Association of Television Producers, a jury member of the German Television Award and has been a member of the Television Section Board of the German Producers Alliance since February 2020.

Fred Kogel

Fred
Kogel

Fred Kogel

Chief Executive Officer

Fred Kogel is CEO of LEONINE Studios, which he founded in 2019 with the private equity investor KKR. He has been a highly successful producer and management executive in the media and film industry for over 30 years.

Even before graduating with a degree in law, he began his career as a radio producer for the German public broadcaster ARD and various private radio stations. Since 1989, he has been a freelance producer of major successful entertainment shows for German television, including the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST (1989-1991) for ARD and WETTEN, DASS …? (1991-1995) for the German public broadcaster ZDF. From 1993-1995, he was also ZDF’s Head of Entertainment. He then held the position of Managing Director of Programming & Sales at the public TV station Sat.1 for six years, where he was responsible for programming, including major in-house productions as well as the station’s merger with ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, and greatly expanded the business.

In 2001, he founded what later became Constantin Entertainment GmbH, which he developed into one of Germany’s leading non-fiction production companies.

During the same period, he became a Member of the Management Board of Kirch Media. In 2003, he moved to the position of CEO of Constantin Film AG for six years. At the same time, Fred Kogel founded Kogel & Schmidt GmbH in 2004 as Managing Partner together with legendary entertainer Harald Schmidt and produced late-night shows for ARD, Sat.1 and Sky. In the same period, he also founded Fred Kogel GmbH, a company which consults nationally and internationally recognized media companies and artists. In 2013, Fred Kogel produced the TV show for the ceremony of the most important accolade in the German film business, the German Film Award.

From 2014, Fred Kogel was a Member of the Management Board and from 2016 to 2017 Chairman of the Management Board of the publicly listed Constantin Medien AG. Fred Kogel was also a Member of the Supervisory Board of Constantin Film AG (1999-2003 and 2009-2014), ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (2002) and Constantin Medien AG (2009-2014).

Christian
Meinberger

Christian Meinberger

Chief Digital Officer

Before Christian Meinberger joined LEONINE Studios as Chief Digital Officer in 2019, he held various management positions at ProSiebenSat.1 from 2006. During this time, he developed the pay TV channels as well as the programming and format strategy for the digital offerings of the broadcasting group. As co-founder of Studio71, ProSiebenSat.1’s most successful in-house start-up, Christian was responsible for the development, production and distribution of non-fiction content for VoD platforms, streaming services and TV channels. Christian is a multi-award-winning producer and pioneer for digital content, who already started

developing formats at the age of fifteen and successfully positioned them with numerous German television broadcasters. To this day, his innovative concepts and cooperation with renowned talents continue to generate great media coverage and attention for his formats. His projects include the Grimme Award-nominated format LEFLOID VS. THE WORLD and multi-award-winning original formats such as #DEINEWAHL – with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Other professional stations in his career included ZDF, Viacom and RTL. He completed a degree in TV production management at the Bavarian Academy for Film and Television in Munich.

Justyna
Muesch

Justyna Muesch

Producer & Managing Director Wiedemann & Berg Film

Over the past ten years Justyna Muesch has realized highly remarkable projects as a producer at Wiedemann & Berg with series such as DARK (Season 1) and films like WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE, THE GOLDFISH, and most recently JGA. Justyna has played a major role in shaping the production portfolio with her skills, passion and expertise. She has a profound understanding of the signature of the production house and became part of the management team of Wiedemann & Berg Film in January 2021. Justyna Muesch studied production and media business together with Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann at the University of Television and Film Munich from 1999 to 2003, and before that

media planning, development and consulting at the University of Siegen. Already before and during her studies she gained experience at national as well as international production companies, and also produced numerous short films with her own production company, which were awarded with the German Film Award in Gold, among others. After graduation, she worked for Telepool, where she was responsible for the acquisition and international sales of German theatrical films. From 2007 to 2011, she was Co-Production and Acquisition Manager for German theatrical productions at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany. In 2011, she joined Wiedemann & Berg Film.

Gillad
Osterer

Gillad Osterer

CEO SEO Entertainment

Gillad Osterer co-founded SEO Entertainment in 2008 and serves today as managing director. The company produces modern, creative and authentic television formats for private and public broadcasters in Germany and Europe. Gillad’s award-winning productions include the charming WDR format DAS LACHEN DER ANDEREN, for which German author Micky Beisenherz and stand-up comedian Oliver Polak have delved into completely unknown social environments. This docutainment won the German Television Award for Best Comedy in 2017. In the same year, the ProSieben show APPLAUS UND RAUS won the renowned Grimme Prize in the Entertainment competition. With the steadfast goal of wanting to create and shape

television, he first went to Hamburg and successfully graduated from the Hanseatische Medienakademie with a degree in media management. At the same time, he was already supervising his first TV shows at MTV/VH-1 and produced a large number of music videos as a producer and director. He then came to Munich, first as a producer at Janus Film and later at G.A.T. Film- und Fernsehproduktion, where he was responsible for high-quality television entertainment. Since 2021, SEO Entertainment has been part of the LEONINE Production segment, producing popular shows such as FEUER UND FLAMME for WDR and successfully developing innovative non-scripted formats, such as the recently announced reality show YOUR LIFE IS A JOKE, soon to launch on Netflix.

Martin
Schneider

Martin Schneider

Managing Director Odeon Entertainment

Martin Schneider is Managing Director of Odeon Entertainment, based in Munich and Vienna. He financed his studies of History and German Language and Literature as a tour guide at the Bavaria Filmstadt theme park. Ultimately, this student job led Martin Schneider to abandon his studies in 1997 and actively enter the media industry. At Prisma Film & TV Produktion he went through all stages – from internship and best boy on set, to production manager – learning from scratch how to produce motion pictures. Over the years, Martin has been responsible for the production of countless shows, including personality documentaries, reality formats, talk shows and daily live broadcasts for national and international clients. From 2003 on, he also took over the production management of the Austrian subsidiary Concorde Productions. Together with his colleague Clemens Bauer as producer, he was also

responsible for format development for the German-language TV market. With the sale of Concorde Productions to Odeon Film AG in 2016, Martin moved a short time later to the management of the subsidiary Odeon Entertainment (Austria and Germany). At Odeon Entertainment he also shapes numerous formats with his expertise, such as the successful series formats HAUNTED – SEELEN OHNE FRIEDEN for TLC, VILLA DER LIEBE for TVNOW or successful docutainment formats for ATV such as TEENAGER WERDEN MÜTTER or WIRT SUCHT FRAU, which was awarded a Romy, the Austrian Film and Television Award. Martin is also commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera New York to produce a major part of the high-profile 12-part concert series MET STARS LIVE IN CONCERT with artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and many more.

Oliver
Vogel

Oliver Vogel

Producer & Managing Director W&B Television

Oliver Vogel is one of Germany’s leading fiction producers and has achieved impressive success in his long career. Over the past 12 years, he initially worked as a producer at Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, from 2010 as Managing Director at Colonia Media and from 2014 as Executive Vice President Programming at Bavaria Fernsehproduktion. From 2017-2020, he was Chief Creative Officer of Bavaria Fiction, where he was responsible for productions such as the internationally successful Sky series DAS BOOT, which won the GQ-Award, the German Television Award, the German Camera Award, the Bavarian Television Award, the Austrian Romy Television and Film Award, the New York TV & Film Award, the Magnolia Award of the Shanghai TV Festival, and the

Golden Nymph Award of the Monte Carlo TV Festival, among others. He also produced the successful ARD series IN ALLER FREUNDSCHAFT, which has been on air for 24 seasons with over 900 episodes, the telenovela HERZFLIMMERN, as well as the series TIERÄRZTIN DR. MERTENS, RENTNERCOPS, SOKO STUTTGART and DR. KLEIN, for which he was awarded the German Fairness Award for the portrayal of diversity in film and television at the German Drama Awards in 2019. Among the TV series he has produced POLIZEIRUF 110, DENGLER for ZDF and KÄTHE UND ICH for ARD. At Bavaria Fiction’s Cologne location, he was also responsible for 10 years for the TATORT series based in Cologne, Münster, Dortmund and Saarbrücken.

Max Wiedemann

Max
Wiedemann

Max Wiedemann

Chief Business Development & Chief Production Officer, Producer & Managing Director Wiedemann & Berg Film & TV

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.

Andreas
Zaik

Andreas Zaik

Managing Director i&u TV

Andreas Zaik worked as a freelancer for public broadcaster WDR in Cologne before helping to launch Stern TV in 1990, initially as a reporter and chief of staff and from 1994 as editor-in-chief. In 2000 he became managing director of the production company i&u TV. Since 2021, he runs the business together with Nina Etspüler. For more than 32 years, the live TV show Stern TV has been airing every Wednesday in front of an audience of millions. Since 1996 Andreas Zaik has also been producing the RTL annual review MENSCHEN, BILDER, EMOTIONEN on behalf of i&u TV. From 2011 to 2015 he produced the political talk show GÜNTHER JAUCH for ARD, as well as numerous reports and documentaries for broadcasters such as ZDF, ARD, RTL, WDR and many more. Andreas Zaik can look back on a wealth of awards, including the German Television Award, the CNN Journalist Award, the Axel Springer Prize and the Golden Camera. Zaik is equally successful in the entertainment spectrum, winning the German Television Award and Bavarian Television Award for the 80s SHOW.

The successful show formats with Hape Kerkeling such as HAPE TRIFFT and the 70s SHOW have received awards including the German Comedy Award, Bavarian Television Award and German Television Award. In 2017, the ARD show SMALL VS. TALL won the Audience Award Bambi for Kai Pflaume as Best Presenter. In 2020, the widely-acclaimed RTL prime-time hit THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN! won the German Television Award in the category Best Moderation/Individual Entertainment Performance. With i&u TV Andreas Zaik is also successful in the digital field. Since 2019, with BREAKING LAB, the most wide-reaching technology and science channel on YouTube or YOUTOPIA, the multi-day digital live-stream on the topic of sustainability with well-known YouTubers, such as BREAKING LAB host Jacob Beautemps. In the field of branded entertainment, the DIY-YouTube series MACH MAL MIT OBI was recently honored with awards, including Double Bronze at the German Digital Award.

Our management team

LEONINE Studios’ management is a team of professionals with more than 25 years of 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 is CEO of LEONINE Studios, which he founded in 2019 with the private equity investor KKR. He has been a highly successful producer and management executive in the media and film industry for over 30 years.

Even before graduating with a degree in law, he began his career as a radio producer for the German public broadcaster ARD and various private radio stations. Since 1989, he has been a freelance producer of major successful entertainment shows for German television, including the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST (1989-1991) for ARD and WETTEN, DASS …? (1991-1995) for the German public broadcaster ZDF. From 1993-1995, he was also ZDF’s Head of Entertainment. He then held the position of Managing Director of Programming & Sales at the public TV station Sat.1 for six years, where he was responsible for programming, including major in-house productions as well as the station’s merger with ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, and greatly expanded the business.

In 2001, he founded what later became Constantin Entertainment GmbH, which he developed into one of Germany’s leading non-fiction production companies.

During the same period, he became a Member of the Management Board of Kirch Media. In 2003, he moved to the position of CEO of Constantin Film AG for six years. At the same time, Fred Kogel founded Kogel & Schmidt GmbH in 2004 as Managing Partner together with legendary entertainer Harald Schmidt and produced late-night shows for ARD, Sat.1 and Sky. In the same period, he also founded Fred Kogel GmbH, a company which consults nationally and internationally recognized media companies and artists. In 2013, Fred Kogel produced the TV show for the ceremony of the most important accolade in the German film business, the German Film Award.

From 2014, Fred Kogel was a Member of the Management Board and from 2016 to 2017 Chairman of the Management Board of the publicly listed Constantin Medien AG. Fred Kogel was also a Member of the Supervisory Board of Constantin Film AG (1999-2003 and 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.