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Extra: Division shake up at German film studio, “Top Gear” heads to HBO Max

Newly minted company restructures licensing division The unnamed German film studio formed by the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film has restructured a number of ...
August 2, 2019

Newly minted company restructures licensing division

The unnamed German film studio formed by the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film has restructured a number of positions in its licensing division, which hosts a growing rights library of more than 7,000 titles.

Fred Kogel, CEO of the group, will assume overall responsibility for the division. Alexander Janssen, who previously served as head of international acquisitions for Universum Film, will report to Kogel as SVP of acquisitions. Together with Kogel, Janssen will be in charge of film acquisitions.

Cosima von Spreti will serve as head of co-finance and co-production. The acquisitions team will be supported by prodco Eden Rock Media in Los Angeles.

The company plans to appoint a SVP of sales this year. Until then, Kogel will temporarily lead the sales department. Myriam Gauff supports Kogel as senior sales manager in Germany.

The heads of digital distribution Marc Arndt, with a focus on digital sales and marketing, and Danny Humphreys, with a focus on business intelligence, aggregation and channels, will report to Kogel on the SVOD rights sales to digital platforms.

As head of license services, Thomas Müller will lead the newly created license services division.

BBC’s Top Gear to stream on HBO Max 

HBO Max has struck a deal with BBC Studios to stream a number of popular scripted and unscripted series, including long-running automotive series Top Gear (pictured).

The SVOD, set to launch in spring 2020, licensed 700 episodes of largely scripted television under the agreement, though the WarnerMedia Entertainment service snagged several seasons of the reality show.

These acquisitions join HBO Max’s growing library, which is anticipated to boast 10,000 hours of programming at launch.

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