The German division of indie producer-distributor All3Media has acquired fact-ent and doc specialist producer Wige South&Browse.
The Munich-based South&Browse produces non-scripted programming for both the commercial and public arenas for daytime and primetime viewing. The company is currently realizing productions for the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, RTL II, Sky, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Südwestrundfunk.
Under the deal, which is still subject to approval of the relevant competition authorities, the former Wige Media subsidiary will become a production entity stationed under the All3Media Group umbrella.
Once the takeover closes, current Wige Media senior VP of entertainment Tom Gamlich (pictured) will oversee daily operations at South&Browse, becoming MD and executive producer.
All3Media Deutschland’s purchase of the German producer is slated to further extend its efforts in the territory beyond Berlin and Cologne, breaking ground in Munich and strengthening All3Media’s fact-ent competence.
“Along with Tower Productions – our joint venture with BBC Worldwide – and the factual programs produced by Filmpool Entertainment, we will, in future, have yet another foothold in this key market segment,” said All3Media Deutschland MD Markus Schäfer in a statement. “By taking over South&Browse, we will also be able to further expand the number of broadcasters for which we produce.”
“We anticipate that our integration into this group will provide access to a creative network with a strong infrastructure, which will promote program content development and future growth,” added Gamlich.