×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Global Screen Sees Demand for Family Programming, Action Series

Rookie sales giant pumps up bottom line

 

Telepool and Bavaria Film formed a giant last year in world sales joint venture Global Screen, and the result has been a boom for the bottom line.

Headed by Telepool CEO Thomas Weymar and Bavaria Media managing director Rolf Moser, Global Screen took over the responsibilities and operations of Telepool and Bavaria’s individual international sales units, handling one of the biggest catalogs in Europe and targeting sales and distribution of films and TV programming outside German-speaking territories. Both Telepool and Bavaria are majority owned by affiliates of pubcaster behemoth ARD.

“The results of the first year have been very satisfying given the fact that the company had to get started,” Weymar says. “It shows us that there is a strong market demand for our programs.”

Weymar adds that because the merger of Telepool and Bavaria’s world sales divisions was seamless and quick, the new outfit was able to immediately impact revenue growth.

“We profit from both a stronger sales force through a stronger presence and the large film catalogs of both Telepool and Bavaria Media. The revenues were higher than before the merger,” he says.

Children’s features have proven hugely successful for Global Screen and its focus has shifted slightly toward more family entertainment as a result, although commercial arthouse remains another strong genre for the company, Weymar says.

Global Screen’s current top titles include Erik Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Goodnight,” about a female war photographer under increasing pressure from her family to give up her dangerous profession, starring Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; the animated Christmas-themed “Niko 2: Little Brother,” “Big Trouble,” the sequel to the hugely successful reindeer adventure “Niko and the Way to the Stars” (aka “The Flight Before Christmas”); “The 7th Dwarf,” an animated prequel to the hit live-action “Seven Dwarfs” films starring local funnyman “Otto Waalkes;” and Franziska Buch’s tyke comedy-adventure “Yoko,” about a yeti who makes his way from the Himalayas to Germany, where he befriends a young girl.

On the TV front, Global Screen offers series, event movies and documentaries.

In addition to content from its pubcaster shareholders, Global Screen will continue to handle world sales for RTL.

RTL and Telepool renewed their distribution pact in April six years after their first long-term agreement. The deal includes international rights to all RTL programming outside of German-speaking territories, including such titles as hit cop series “Alarm for Cobra 11;” crime skein “Double Trouble;” and new series “The Teacher” and “Medcrimes.”

“The RTL productions have proven to be a very important asset to our existing program catalog,” Weymar says.

In addition to “Alarm for Cobra 11,” Global Screen’s other top TV sellers include ARD’s hit telenovela “Storm of Love” and the pubcaster’s “Finest Fairy Tales” series, based on the classic works of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen; docu two-parter “The Medici Files,” which focuses on a massive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the powerful Renaissance-era Medici family; and “The Big Five of South America,” a five-part nature series that follows expeditions in search of a quintet of rare animal species in South America.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Renee Zellweger Rufus Wainwright Sam Smith

    Renée Zellweger: Judy Garland Was 'My Childhood Hero'

    Awards buzz is building around Renée Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland, emerging as a frontrunner in the Oscar race for best actress. But for her, the real prize was paying tribute to Garland, of whom she’s been a lifelong fan. “Nobody was prettier, nobody sang prettier…the adventures she had, [she was] my childhood [...]

  • Topic Studios

    Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

    A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal [...]

  • 'Downton Abbey' Music Gets 'Bigger, Better,

    As 'Downton Abbey' Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets 'Bigger, Better, Grander'

    When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow. This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and [...]

  • 45 Seconds of Laughter

    Film Review: '45 Seconds of Laughter'

    “Everyone is worth more than their worst act,” said Roman Catholic sister and anti-death penalty advocate Helen Prejean, and it’s with these words that “45 Seconds of Laughter” closes. It’s an apt sentiment on which to leave Tim Robbins’ sincerely felt documentary study of the therapeutic acting workshops run by his own theater company in [...]

  • Julie Andrews

    Julie Andrews Selected for AFI's Life Achievement Award

    The American Film Institute Board of Trustees has selected Julie Andrews as the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Andrews on April 25 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast on TNT. “Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the [...]

  • 4127_D001_00007_RC Phyllis Logan stars as Mrs.

    'Downton Abbey' to Dominate Box Office Weekend With $30 Million

    The feature film version of “Downton Abbey” is heading for an impressive $30 million opening weekend at 3,079 sites for an easy victory at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday. The launch of Brad Pitt’s space drama “Ad Astra” will land in second with about $20 million, while Sylvester Stallone’s action-thriller “Rambo: [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content