×

MipTV: Keshet International Acquires German Production Company Tresor TV

Aiming to expand its footprint across Europe, Keshet International has acquired Tresor TV Produktions GmbH, the well-established Munich-based production company best-known for reality, factual entertainment and variety shows.

Keshet International and Tresor will create a new scripted division to produce German-language remakes of Keshet International’s popular scripted shows, including “Prisoners of War” and “The A Word.” Tresor will also continue to adapt third-party formats and develop original non-scripted IP’s.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, said “the acquisition of Tresor marks a new frontier for Keshet International as we enter our next phase of global growth.

Sammy Nourmand, Keshet International’s managing director for UK and West Europe, said “Keshet International prided (itself) on working with the best local talent. Tresor is a testament to this.”

“Germany is a significant market with great potential, and we look forward to working with Axel and the team to support the company’s expansion within the Group,” said Nourmand, who brokered the deal.

Founded in 1992, Tresor has produced successful local versions of such formats as “Top Model,” “Popstars,””Supernanny,””Survivor,””DIY SOS” and most recently “Ewige Helden” (“Eternal Glory”) whose second season just aired on Vox, the channel owned by RTL Group.

“With the help of their creative network, we believe we will be well prepared for the future in a changing TV market. The team at Tresor can’t wait to work closely with Keshet in to expand our in house development and grow into new fields of business and new genres,” said Axel Kühn, Tresor’s managing director.

“There is a very big audience for local language scripted drama but it’s also a highly competitive landscape, which is why gaining access to Keshet International’s strong catalog is a crucial step to give us a unique position in Germany,” said Kühn, adding that Germany has a big and unique TV market with a large potential, notably due to the presence of 43 free-to-air TV channels.

The deal underscores Keshet International’s ongoing global expansion and content diversification strategy. The company recently announced a move into kids’ content distribution with Ananay Communications Group, and opened a Mexican subsidiary, Keshet MX. Keshet International previously launched Hong Kong-based Keshet Asia as well as Keshet Studios in Los Angeles and Keshet UK in London.

“Beyond the U.K. and Germany, Keshet International is looking to expand further into Europe.
We are looking at different possibilities, including production partnerships, acquisitions. But we’re not in a rush — our priority is to find the right partner in each market,” said Nourmand.

Kühn will continue spearheading Tresor, reporting to Nourmand. Kühn will collaborate with Nelly Feld, head of sales and business development for the region to help grow the business in Germany.

Tresor’s owner Holger Roost Macias has stepped down from the company.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • T.J. Dillashaw, right, kicks Cody Garbrandt

    Disney Plans UFC Broadcast for FX

    UFC matches will return to FX  – but not on a permanent basis. ESPN has been showing preliminary bouts to UFC pay-per-view events for the last while on ESPN and ESPN2, and then showing the main card on its ESPN+ subscription video service. In September, the early lineup will air on FX, which the UFC [...]

  • George RR Martin

    George R.R. Martin Says HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Ending Won't Influence Future Novels

    Geroge R.R. Martin is sticking to his original plan when it comes to the future of “Game of Thrones.” In an interview with The Observer, Martin claimed that HBO’s controversial ending for the series would have no affect on the endings of the last two novels. “No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all,” [...]

  • Listen: 'Pennyworth' Producer Talks Delving into

    Listen: 'Pennyworth' Executive Producer Talks Delving into Alfred's Backstory

    Bruno Heller may have served as an executive producer on the Batman-inspired series “Gotham” for the past five years, but it’s actually real-life people (not superheroes) that intrigue the producer the most. It’s for that exact reason that Heller’s newest series finds him exploring the origin stories of Batman’s butler Alfred in the Epix drama [...]

  • "Trust Issues" - Dylan and Lizzie

    'Instinct' Canceled After Two Seasons

    CBS has canceled “Instinct” after two seasons. Series creator Michael Rauch announced the cancellation Friday on Twitter, writing, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25.” Rauch also thanked series stars Alan Cumming [...]

  • Maisel Day

    My Mostly OK Maisel Day (Column)

    When Amazon announced its first-ever Maisel Day, I was intrigued. For one day, Aug. 15, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” fans and Angelenos (fangelenos?) could hit up various restaurants, theaters and retailers throughout Los Angeles for special deals, all at 1959 prices. Among the gems: $2.50 makeovers, $0.99 pastrami sandwiches and $0.30 for a gallon of [...]

  • Nordisk Film & TV Fond Announces

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond Backs Joachim Trier, Ole Bornedal, Yellow Bird

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced three features, two series and a documentary set to receive $1.4m in financing, as well as distribution, dubbing and cultural initiative support recipients. Doing so, it highlights some of the key titles moving forward in the Nordic region. Already backed by the Danish Film Institute’s largest ever grant [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 'Silicon Valley' Final

    TV News Roundup: 'Silicon Valley's' Final Season Sets October Premiere Date

    In today’s roundup, “Silicon Valley” returns to HBO on Oct. 27 and Quibi greenlights a new cooking competition show “Dismantled.” DATES The fifth season of Netflix‘s “Peaky Blinders” will premiere on the streamer Oct. 4. The newest season will continue to follow one gangster family in the lawless streets of Birmingham, UK during the midst [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content