KKR-Backed German Film & TV Conglom Finally Finds A Name: Leonine

The impressive new German film and TV conglomerate backed by New York investment firm KKR has finally found a name, eight months after launch: Leonine.

The entertainment firm includes local film distributors TMG and Universum Film and TV companies i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film. The holding company will go by Leonine from now and from January 2020 most of the units within the company will take on the name.

Led by Kogel, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Markus Frerker, Chief Financial Officer Joachim Scheuenpflug and Chief Distribution Officer Bernhard zu Castell, the operation will be divided into three areas: Leonine production, Leonine distribution and Leonine licensing.

The production companies, such as Wiedemann & Berg Film, Odeon Film and i&u TV, the established television brand TELE 5 as well as the SVOD channels Filmtastic, Home of Horror and Arthouse CNMA will retain their previous names. As an associated company and strong established brand, RTL II will also keep its name.

The other distribution and licensing companies will operate under the Leonine brand from the beginning of 2020. These include Tele München with its previous affiliates TM International, Concorde Filmverleih and Concorde Home Entertainment as well as Universum Film.

Recent movie acquisitions for the group include Hustlers, Knives Out and Roland Emmerichs Moonfall.

Leonine CEO Fred Kogel 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 trademarRead More – Source