Inside Move: Mighty Mojto

Ex-Kirch exec mounts run of high-profile hits

Jan Mojto is on a roll.

Not only did he manage to escape Kirch Media in the nick of time — sidestepping the company’s collapse last year and becoming one of the few former Kirch execs not under investigation by German prosecutors — he’s also developed a Midas touch when it comes to producing projects.

His last two productions, “Napoleon” and “Soraya,” were huge successes on European TV, and he’s now co-producing what is likely to be one of next year’s biggest German pics: “The Downfall,” Bernd Eichinger‘s feature about the last days of Adolf Hitler.

And Mojto’s latest project, the miniseries “Nero and Agrippina,” started shooting last week in Tunisia.

It’s the second mini in the Roman saga “Imperium: The Rise and Fall of an Empire,” which Mojto is producing with Italy’s Lux Vide. The drama follows “Augustus,” the first installment in the six-series cycle, which bows on German pubcaster ZDF on Jan. 6.

In addition to his own projects, Mojto’s EOS Entertainment has hooked up with Berlin’s Teamworx to produce a slate of German historical dramas. They include “Hindenburg,” recounting the last voyage of the airship, “Three Days in August,” about the 1961construction of the Berlin Wall, and “Dresden,” about the Allied bombing of the German city during World War II.

“Germany’s recent history is full of great drama,” says Mojto. “And nobody has ever explored it until now.”

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