Brothers beetz film production group has become part of Leonin Studios

Lyonnain Studios

Munich (ots)

  • Leonine Studios drives growth and international investments in premium content in documentation
  • Christian and Reinhardt Betz will remain managing directors of the Bates Brothers film production
  • Georg Tschurtschenthaler becomes chief creative director of the Betz brothers’ films

On October 4, 2022, Studios Leonen will acquire a 50 percent controlling majority in the Betz brothers Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG with its locations in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. With the agreement, Leonine Studios also secured the right to acquire the remaining 50 percent of the stock. 100 percent of the shares in the Betz brothers’ film production company Lüneburg GmbH are taken over directly. Brothers beetz is one of the most famous production houses in the German-speaking world. She produces nationally and internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning documentaries and series of various genres for film, television and live broadcasts.

Brothers beetz Film Production Group will remain as an independent company and brand within the Lyonnain production segment. Former managing partners Christian and Reinhardt Betz will continue to run the company as managing directors. Fred Kugel, in addition to his job as CEO of Leonen Studios, responsible for non-fiction production and licensing, will join corporate management of the gebrüder beetz film production group after the deal is completed.

Fred Kugel, CEO of Leonine Studios, commented: “With the Betz Brothers Film Production Group, we have strengthened our position in the documentary film sector with Germany’s most prominent production company. The new structure, combined with the distinguished team in the production of Gpruder Betz films, opens us up to many more. Opportunities to participate in the strong growth of the national and international market in the documentation sector. Here we will invest in our IP addresses with international exploitation potential and in the development of our own materials. Christian and Reinhardt Betz are pioneers and are known for their pioneering high-quality production, which also achieves international success and receives awards. The content orientation fits perfectly with LEONINE’s claim to premium content. We are very pleased to welcome Christian and Reinhardt as two of the top creative minds with their team.”

Christian and Reinhardt Beetz, directors of production directors for gebrueder beetz: “The international documentary in Part One faces great challenges. Demands for production have doubled and the market has become very global. Global audiences expect first-class, high-quality documentaries” that require continuing work from Germany for the global market strong partner. Under the umbrella of Studios Leonen, a large number of exciting opportunities open up for us to implement national cooperation and, above all, international cooperation and co-productions. We are focused on developing our menu to expand the range of high-end documentaries into the film and series sector with a global focus, thus intensifying our long-term partnerships with broadcasters, broadcasters and distributors.”

George Chorchenthaler, lead producer and longtime presenter for the Beetz Brothers Film Productions, will become the new Creative Director and take care of the development slate of new high-end documentaries and series.

Over 250 productions by the Betz Brothers include the Academy Award-nominated OPEN HEART® documentary, the multi-award winning Emmy-nominated The CLEANERS, which celebrated its world premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival, and Netflix’s first German original documentary – Unity, Murder and Freedom, the Emmy-nominated investigative documentary THE HUNT FOR GADDAFIS BILLIONS, the documentary series VIRAL DREAMS, which won the IDA International Documentary Award, and the hit sex formula MAKE LOVE.

This year, the first high-end documentary series REEPERBAHN – SPECIAL UNIT 65, funded by the German Motion Picture Fund, which has already been recognized as the Best Documentary Series of 2022 at the Berlin Series Festival, will be shown at ARD Media Library. The new series and production A CENTURY OF SEX EDUCATION will be presented at Mipcom in Cannes in October of this year.

Leonen’s production segment now includes eight production brands: gebrueder beetz film, hyperbole, i&u TV, Madame Zheng Production, Odeon Fiction, SEO Entertainment, W&B Television and Wiedemann & Berg Film. Thus Leonen Studios covers the full range of film, television and live broadcasting of scripted and unscripted content in the premium region in all genres and for all distribution channels.

About Leonin Studios

Leonen Studios is a German independent media company. The focus is on inspiring viewers with high-quality content and being companions to creative talent.

With its three divisions: LEONINE Production, LEONINE Distribution and LEONINE Licensing, the media company covers the entire value chain of the video market. Leonine Studios produces feature films, series, television programmes, entertainment formats, information entertainment formats, content for social media channels and co-produces national and international fiction formats. Award-winning producers and outstanding creative talent stand behind LEONINE Studios’ producing brands, which include gebrueder beetz Filmproduktion, hyperbole, i & u TV, Madame Zheng Production, Odeon Fiction, SEO Entertainment, W&B Television and Wiedemann & Berg Film. LEONINE Studios markets self-produced and licensed content in movie theaters, on digital platforms, in home entertainment and on television stations. The company has a market leading license library with software of all shapes and types. Due to the independence of the company, high-quality content can be offered to all market participants – digital broadcast providers, pay-TV partners as well as public and private TV stations.

About the production of Brothers beetz

Since its founding in 2000, Brothers beetz Films has produced more than 250 high-quality documentaries, series and documentaries for the national and international market and is listed among the top 100 production companies worldwide by leading industry magazine “Realscreen”.

Productions can be seen regularly in competitions at major international festivals A and have won over 100 awards, including the Grimme Award, the Cinema for Peace Award, the International Documentary Award, the Prix Europa, the German Film Award and the HotDocs Filmmakers Award. , British Independent Prize, Business Film Award from the Federal Department for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Rockie Prize and Special Jury Prize for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

The Bitz Brothers’ film production symbolizes committed films, thrilling storytelling, and a wide range of topics from crime documentaries to biographies, fascinating nature and adventure series to contemporary music and cultural production. 12 to 15 selected films and documentaries are produced each year. In order to further develop classic narrative structures in film, television and live broadcasting, gebrueder beetz film production complements his productions in innovative cross-media formats such as web documentaries, apps, social media campaigns, educational games, exhibitions, media events, and books.

Media contact:

Henrietta Guttmann
Head of Corporate Communication and Sales Marketing, Leonin Studios
Tel +49 (0) 89999513 – 0

Original content from: LEONINE Studios, transmitted by aktuell news

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