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Bavaria Film Group comprises diverse subsidiaries

International Film Impact Honoree: Bavaria Film Group

With more than 30 subsidiaries, Bavaria Film Group is one of Europe’s biggest media companies.

From film and television production and domestic and international licensing operations to a broad range of studio services, Bavaria’s vast operations encompass all sectors of the film and TV industry.

Leading subsidiaries include:

Bavaria Studios & Production Services
One of Germany’s largest and most modern film and TV studio services companies, the Bavaria Studios group has 10 soundstages at its Munich-Geiselgasteig studio complex that measure between 50 square meters (538.2 sq. ft.) and 32,829.9 sq. ft. plus eight 236.8 to 6,458.3 sq.-ft soundstages in its Munich-Unterfoehring facility. The grou p provides studio leasing, set construction and comprehensive technical services.

Global Screen
In 2012, Bavaria Film and Telepoo l merged their world sales divisions to form Global Screen, one of the largest distribution companies in Europe. The 50-50 joint venture, whose catalog boasts 15,000 film and TV titles, bundled Bavaria Media’s film and TV sales divisions as well as the international sales operations of Telepool, which, like Bavaria, is majority owned by affiliates of pubcaster behemoth ARD. Global Screen’s current theatrical titles include Sandra Nettelbeck’s “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine; Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle’s historical drama “Ludwig II”; and Janet Tobias’ Holocaust docu-drama “No Place on Earth.”

Bavaria Media
Bavaria Film established licensing division Bavaria Media in 1997 to manage domestic and international rights to its own film and TV productions as well as third-party content. After spinning off its international sales unit into Global Screen, Bavaria Media now focuses on programming sales in German-speaking territories. It also handles exclusive rights programming from Italian pubcaster RAI. In addition, Bavaria Media manages the entire feature film and TV rights catalog of Bavaria productions, dating back to the 1950s and comprising some 20,000 programming hours.

Bavaria Pictures
Bavaria Pictures was founded in Germany in 2006 to oversee Bavaria Film’s international production activities, including local and international features, documentaries and TV series. In 2012, Berlin-based producer-distrib Senator Entertainment took a 50% stake in the shingle. Recent Bavaria Pictures productions include Steph Green’s Irish-German co-production “Run and Jump,” starring Will Forte and Maxine Peake; “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love”; and “Ludwig II.”

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