Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Bavaria Film continues to move forward as a modern film and television group while looking back on a legacy that has shaped Germany’s cinematic landscape. Established in 1919 as Münchener Lichtspielkunst near Munich, Bavaria’s history spans silent film and talking pictures, the onset of television and the modern digital era. Among the countless films that have shot at Bavaria’s studios are such diverse works as Elia Kazan’s 1953 thriller “Man on a Tightrope,” Robert...
As head of the film group, Franckenstein oversees a production slate that includes the TV series “Das Boot” (Hulu) and an adaptation of Frank Schmolke’s graphic novel “Night in Paradise” (Lionsgate+). He’s also atop Bavaria Studios, which in recent months has hosted such outside creations as the fantasy film “The Magic Flute,” produced by Roland Emmerich, and a pair of Amazon series: the gangster drama “Luden” and the German version of “Last One Laughing.” Franckenstein expanded his company’s capabilities with the 2021 acquisition of leading German documentary and “docutainment” producer Story House, maker of the long-running series “Terra X” and “The Great Food Report,” and capped fiscal year 2021-22 by pushing the outfit past 300 million euros in annual sales for the first time in its century-long history.