Physical production feeds the pipeline
One of the largest film and television production facilities in Europe, Bavaria Studios provides the Bavaria Film group with a major advantage over the competition.Bavaria Film managing director Achim Rohnke, who oversees production services and home entertainment, says the Bavaria group is the only production company in Europe that has its own studio facilities and is also active in sites throughout Germany and the rest of the continent. Bavaria provides production support in Moscow, equipment rental in Prague and Vienna, and technical service locations in Germany, where it has facilities in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Leipzig, Bremen and Stuttgart. “Like a major U.S. studio, we also offer additional services like completion bonds, cash flow, budgeting and world sales,” Rohnke says. “I’m not aware of any other company in Europe that is so widely positioned to the advantage of its clients like Bavaria.” In addition to recent German productions like Constantin Film’s “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” “The Baader Meinhof Complex” and the upcoming “Vicky the Viking,” Bavaria has provided services for CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” the BBC doc “Sinking of the Lusitania” and Russian feature “Mika i Alfred” — presented at this year’s European Film Market. Managed by Frank Oliver Schultz and Michael Klee, Bavaria Studios covers more than 70 acres near Munich and has 20 soundstages. The largest stage in Geiselgasteig measures 3,000 square meters (32,300 square feet). A stage for film production at a separate studio complex in Neubiberg measures 120,000 square feet. Bavaria Studios is owned by Bavaria Film, pubcaster ZDF and Bavarian state development bank LfA Foerderbank Bayern, each of which holds a one-third stake.