Munich-based producer-distributor Autentic has acquired a majority stake in German documentary prodco Tangram International, for an undisclosed sum.
As part of the deal, Dagmar Biller – who heads up Tangram – will continue to lead the production company as managing partner.
Autentic MD Patrick Hoerl said: “A strong production company is the ideal supplement to our growing distribution business. For years now, Tangram has been one of the most successful documentary film producers in Germany.
“Under the direction of Dagmar Biller, the company has also proven itself in a difficult market affected by many changes. This makes Tangram an ideal partner for us at Autentic.”
Tangram produces documentaries on subjects including history, science, literature, art and contemporary history, and has worked with German and international broadcasters such as ARD, ZDF, Arte, the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Communications, PBS, Sundance Channel and SBS.
Among its current projects is 20-40-60: Our Life, a three-part experience documentary about three generations in Germany by Dominique Klughammer for ZDF, as well as a four-part contemporary history series about major speeches of the 20th century.
Autentic was launched as a joint venture in 2008 between Hoerl and Germany’s Beta Film. In addition to its production and distribution ventures, the company also runs a number of special interest channels.