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Leonine, Eden Rock add to partnership

Munich studio Leonine has signed a multi-year consulting deal with LA-based Thomas Augsberger and his Eden Rock Media banner, extending their current partnership.

Fred Kogel

Under the agreement, Eden Rock will continue to advise Leonine on licensing US-produced feature films and TV series for German-speaking territories.

Augsberger will also continue to work on third-party acquisitions for Leonine’s English-language TV content available for international sales.

Backed by global investment firm KKR, Leonine was formed in 2019 from the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV, Wiedemann & Berg Film and W&B Television.

Augsberger has partnered with the company for 22 years, since it began as Tele München Group.

Last year, he worked with Leonine’s CEO Fred Kogel, chief operating officer Markus Frerker and senior VP of acquisitions Alexander Janssen to establish the expanded firm as a major European buyer, consulting on high-profile, all-rights acquisitions for German-speaking Europe.

“I’ve known Thomas for more than 20 years and it has been a great pleasure to work with him over the last few months. His excellent relationships across the industry make him a valued partner in growing Leonine’s business and in living up to our ambition to inspire viewers with premium content,“ Kogel said.

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