Ed Meza @edmezavar With some of Germany’s most successful production companies in its stable, Leonine Studios is reaping the rewards with such feature film and television hits as “School of Magical Animals,” “Nightlife,” “Dark” and “Pagan Peak.” Leonine’s production division includes such well-established companies as Wiedemann & Berg Film, which focuses on theatrical features, W&B Television and Odeon Fiction, which produce movies and series for all broadcasters and streaming platforms in Germany, documentary outfit Gebrueder Beetz and format maker I&U TV. “We are in for high creative quality and commercial success,” explains Quirin Berg, who, along with Max Wiedemann, serves as Leonine’s chief production officer and managing director of Wiedemann & Berg Film. “The parameters in each segment we are operating in may be different, but the agenda is not.
And that was already the profile when we started out as producers some 20 years ago.” Indeed, Wiedemann & Berg’s first feature film, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Lives of Others,” won the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2007.
While “The Lives of Others” marked “a very motivating start” for Wiedemann & Berg Film, the company started out with more of a focus on comedies, later moving into other genres with films like the 2014 techno-thriller “Who Am I” from Baran bo Odar and writing partner Jantje Friese – the creative minds behind “Dark.” It was that film “that opened the doors at Netflix for our series ‘Dark’ later,” Berg notes.
Wiedemann & Berg re-teamed with Henckel von Donnersmarck on the Oscar-nominated 2018 drama “Never Look Away” and it has also continued to work with close collaborators. “We started with many young filmmakers – growing up togetherRead more on variety.com
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