Banijay today confirms an agreement has been signed to acquire Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions GmbH (Sony Pictures Television Germany) from Sony Pictures Television. Led by Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch, who will remain in position, the company, which is soon to undergo a name change, will join Banijay Germany’s burgeoning portfolio of labels. The deal, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, will expand its local first-class talent and slate offering, and sees the label’s existing unscripted IP join the global group’s overarching 130,000-hour-strong catalogue.
Based in Cologne and in operation for over 25 years, Sony Pictures Television Germany has become a home for high-quality, standout entertainment formats and scripted productions. Behind award-winning entertainment hit, Die Höhle der Löwen (on Vox since 2014); record-breaking dramedy, Der Lehrer (9 seasons on RTL and Golden Rose of Lucerne, German Television Award, German Comedy Award, Bavarian Television Award prizes); and notorious ZDF crime series, Heldt, the brand has a strong industry reputation and ever-growing pipeline.
Marcus Wolter, CEO, Banijay Germany comments: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Astrid, Mirek, and their team, to the Banijay family! With its strong format brands and high production values, the entity certainly fits perfectly into our group. We have always believed in maintaining the independence and individuality of our labels in order to shape the future of entertainment together, and with the power of this group behind them, we have every confidence, the company will thrive in its new home.”