Dunes legendary studio Entertainment and Berlin-based independent producer and distributor Tobis are to create a joint venture to develop and produce German-language premium series content.
The couple reached an agreement to launch the JV, which will be based in Tobis’ newly opened offices in Munich. The company will focus on high-end scripted series and miniseries focused on local content and talent and plans to work with traditional German broadcasters and streaming platforms.
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The announcement was made today by legendary CEO Joshua Grode and Tobis directors Timm Oberwelland and Theo Gringel.
Tobis will take operational leadership in the field, while Legendary will handle the distribution of all content created by the joint venture outside of German-speaking Europe.
“Forging a strategic partnership with Timm and Theo to identify and collaborate on best-in-class episodic content is a key part of our strategy to continue Legendaryinternational growth,” Grode said. “We are excited about this partnership and its future growth as we move forward in the international television market.”
Oberwelland and Gringel added, “We are delighted to be doing business with Legendary, an iconic studio and one of the most powerful producers and creators of intellectual property in the world. Together we will create original and exciting new serial content for the German-speaking market and beyond.
Legendary and Tobis expect the transaction to be completed by the end of the summer subject to German antitrust approval, when it will begin operations.
Tobis, one of Germany’s oldest independent films, is responsible for films such as The most beautiful girl in the world and Catweazle. His first soap opera, Sloborncurrently works well on German broadcaster ZDF Neo.
Legendary Televisions upcoming projects include the HBO Max TV series Dune: brotherhood; an untitled Monsterverse live-action series for Apple TV+; paper girls, based on the graphic novel by Brian K. Vaughan, for Amazon; and animated series Skull Island and grave robber, both for Netflix. It also develops local language productions such as multinational and multilingual series drops of godbased on a hit manga, portuguese crime heist Vanda and a Spanish thriller You would too.
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