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Bergengruen to lead Studio Hamburg

Willich exits after more than 30 years

BERLIN — Studio Hamburg, one of Germany’s biggest studio complexes, named German TV exec Carl Bergengruen as its new topper on Friday.

Bergengruen takes over the reins in February after Martin Willich steps down after more than 30 years in charge.

Bergengruen, a 50-year-old native of Hamburg, has been head of TV films and family programs at pubcaster Suedwestrundfunk. He was responsible for such major SWR productions as “Stauffenberg,” “Mogadischu” and “Romy.” Before joining SWR, he worked for pubcaster MDR.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge leading Studio Hamburg,” Bergengruen said. “I’m confident that at this time of media crisis there is a need to go on the offensive with quality. Studio Hamburg is well positioned for that.”