Oliver Fuchs, CEO of Eyeworks Germany, is leaving the production company to become the new head of entertainment at ZDF.
Fuchs has been running the company since 2003 and took control of its Swiss office when it opened in 2010.
He will now join German pubcaster ZDF on September 1, replacing Manfred Teubner, who is staying at ZDF but in an unconfirmed role.
Meanwhile, Fuchs’s departure from Eyeworks Germany will prompt a shift in its management structure.
René Jamm, currently creative director of fiction and entertainment, will become CEO, with business director Martin von Winterfeld taking up the role of chief operating officer.
The management team will be completed by Sabine de Mardt, who has been named director of fiction and film.
Reinout Oerlemans, CEO and founder of Netherlands-based Eyeworks, said that under Fuchs’ leadership, Eyeworks Germany has become “an all-round production company that produces a wide range of successful film and television content. Our success is the result of the strong and solid organisation that has been built. It’s a compliment to the whole company that the successors of Oliver can be found within the company itself. I’m certain that experienced managers René Jamm and Martin von Winterfeld will strengthen our positions in Germany and Switzerland even further.”
Eyeworks Germany is behind shows such as Rach the Restaurant Tester, an adaptation of the Kitchen Nightmares format, and Die 10…, both for RTL, and comedy series Switch Reloaded on ProSieben. It also produces long-running drama Wilsberg, which has aired on ZDF since 1998.
Jamm joined the company in 2009 as creative director of fiction and entertainment. He was previously an exec producer for Granada Germany, Grundy, Sony and Brainpool. Von Winterfeld has worked for Eyeworks since 2003.