BERLIN — Sytze van der Laan, head of Studio Hamburg Production, and Bertram Schwarz, chief of Studio Hamburg Atelierbetiebs, which oversees studio ops, have been promoted to co-CEOs of the Studio Hamburg group.
Van der Laan and Schwarz, who will take the reins at the company July 1, replace Dirk Duewel, who stepped down last year, and the outgoing Hans-Christoph Schoendienst. Duewel and Schoendienst will work as consultants to Studio Hamburg.
Van der Laan, a Dutch native, was appointed head of Studio Hamburg Production in 2002 and will oversee production at the studio, while Schwarz will supervise management of the studio complex.
Studio Hamburg has made a concerted effort to increase English-language production.
In addition to setting up its Studio Hamburg Intl. Production division, which develops projects from inception, it also operates Studio Hamburg WorldWide Pictures, which looks to partner on more advanced projects that already have a foreign sales company and a U.S. distrib attached.
A subsid of Germany’s deep-pocketed regional pubcaster NDR, Studio Hamburg is mulling a takeover of Vivendi-owned Studio Babelsberg, near Berlin.