French Mediawan and German Leonine forge european media powerhouse in landmark merger

Mediawan and Leonine Studios have just inked a deal that will shake up the European media landscape. This merger, heralded as a game-changer, positions the newly formed entity as one of Europe’s premier independent studios, boasting a staggering presence in 13 countries, an impressive 85 labels, and an extensive catalog featuring approximately 30,000 hours of top-tier content. Not to mention, this powerhouse is set to generate revenues exceeding €1 billion.

For Mediawan, this move marks a strategic entry into the lucrative German-speaking audiovisual content market. By joining forces with Leonine, they’re not only broadening their geographical reach but also enhancing their portfolio across various regions, customer bases, genres, and business sectors.

This unification isn’t just about numbers; it’s about synergy, both companies indicate. The collaboration between Mediawan and the german studios dates back to 2020 when Mediawan initially acquired a 25% stake in Leonine. This initial partnership laid the groundwork for the seamless integration we see today.

What’s particularly exciting is how this merger opens doors to new creative possibilities. By incorporating Leonine’s production brands into Mediawan’s international network, spearheaded by Elizabeth d’Arvieu, CEO of Mediawan Pictures, the stage is set for a talent explosion, especially in scripted content production.

Leonine’s journey, led by Fred Kogel and his visionary team, is nothing short of remarkable. In just five years, they’ve evolved into a media juggernaut, acquiring key players in the German-speaking region’s production, distribution, and licensing sectors. Their portfolio boasts a lineup of both national and international hits, including acclaimed titles like “Das Leben der Anderen,” “Dark,” and the rights to blockbuster franchises like “John Wick.”

This merger aligns perfectly with Mediawan’s ambition to establish a pan-European studio with a global footprint. With Pierre-Antoine Capton at the helm, alongside Fred Kogel managing Leonine’s German-speaking business, the stage is set for exponential growth and innovation.

The deal isn’t sealed just yet; regulatory hurdles in Germany and Austria still need clearing. However, with the backing of KKR and other long-term partners, the future looks bright for this media powerhouse.

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