Fred Kogel
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Leonine Studios



Leading German film and TV producer-distributor Leonine, owned by investment firm KKR, made strides in 2021 toward becoming a European juggernaut. The company formed Mediawan & Leonine Studios, a joint venture with the French giant, which then acquired 51% of British production company Drama Republic. Leonine already had investments in companies in France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain. It also acquired SEO Entertainment, which has garnered a rep for its light fare and nonfiction formats. On the movie distribution side, Leonine has bet big on a buoyant box office in Germany. It signed an output deal with Asbury Park Pictures and a three-picture deal with Lionsgate. Upcoming for 2022 are F. Gary Gray action comedy “Muscle” and Roland Emme­rich’s sci-fi movie “Moonfall.”


  • ZDF
  • Constantin Film
  • Leonine Studios

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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KKR Buys Universum Film, Continues to Build German Business

KKR Buys Universum Film, Continues to Build German Business

Days after buying Tele Munchen, private equity group KKR has made another major German move, acquiring producer and distributor Universum Film from RTL. KKR is creating a German-based content group and Universum becomes the second company to become part of the fledgling outfit.Universum is a 40-year-old company that started out in home entertainment before moving into film distribution in Germany in the early 2000s, handling titles including "The Hateful 8," "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," "The Little...


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