Fred Kogel
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German mini-major Leonine, bankrolled by private-equity outfit KKR, was formed in 2019 from the merger of film and TV producer-distributor Tele München Group, movie distributor Universum Film, TV producer i&u TV and producer Wiede­mann & Berg Film. Before long it acquired “Dark” producer W&B Television. Kogel has quickly become one of Germany’s most voracious buyers of big-budget movies, such as Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi epic “Moonfall,” Russell Crowe horror-thriller “Unhinged” and the Jason Statham-Guy Ritchie spy thriller “Five Eyes,” with the goal of releasing 15-20 movies theatrically a year. In June, Leonine joined pan-European media group Media­wan Alliance. Although hit by the COVID-19 shutdown of movie theaters, the company has a massive rights library that allowed it to benefit from increased demand for streaming content.


  • ZDF
  • Constantin Film
  • Leonine

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  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Fred Kogel on Building German Indie Studio Leonine and Harnessing Disruption (EXCLUSIVE)

Fred Kogel on Building German Indie Studio Leonine and Harnessing Disruption (EXCLUSIVE)

With a moniker inspired by Bavaria’s heraldic lions, Leonine is a rare beast: a new German indie studio in the making.After just a few months in existence, the company has positioned itself as a major player across film, television and digital, mainly through a raft of choice acquisitions, including film and TV giant Tele München Group. German media veteran Fred Kogel heads the operation, which is bankrolled by U.S. private equity firm KKR and aims to take advantage of the...


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