The new company formed by the merger of Germany’s Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV, and Wiedemann & Berg Film has been given the name Leonine.
The company, which is backed by investment firm KKR, aims to cater to every aspect of the value chain: production, licensing and distribution.
Fred Kogel, CEO of Leonine, said: “When choosing the new brand as our company name, the following aspects were decisive for us: it should reflect our ties to our home region of Bavaria and Munich, both of which are also highly esteemed internationally, it has got to work internationally and the trademark rights had to be available.
“With a great team, we are building a company that creates content that inspires – with passion, experience, expertise and creativity – that attracts creative talent, and takes advantage of the new opportunities of a changing content world. We aim to establish Leonine as a continuously reliable ‘One Stop Shop’ for premium content.”