London-headquartered indie Youngest Media has launched operations in Germany following the commission of its first major series commission Battle of the Bands (working title) , for the country’s RTL II channel.
Based in Munich, Youngest Media Germany is the first international subsidiary of the content studio founded in 2016 by Lucas Church (pictured left) and David Flynn (right), former executives of global producer-distributor Endemol Shine UK.
Mark Stehli (center), previously director of production and corporate development at producer-distributor All3Media in Germany, has been appointed manager director of the German operation.
“Establishing an embedded presence in one of Europe’s most important territories represents a significant step for Youngest Media. We’ve been extremely encouraged by the appetite of Germany’s major platforms to innovate and launch new formats,” Church and Flynn said in a statement.
Battle of the Bands (w/t) will debut on RTL II in 2020, with Christoph Oldenburg and Flynn as executive producers for Youngest Media.
The company’s other formats include: Small Fortune, which recently sold to American broadcaster NBC; Game of Clones, which has sold to multiple territories including the U.S., UK, Germany and France; and the soon to be launched docu-reality show HouseShare for BB3.
Before co-founding Youngest Media, Church was CEO of Endemol UK and later Endemol Shine UK. He also chaired Endemol Shine Group’s commercial board. Flynn was formerly the chief creative officer for Endemol Shine UK.