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Banijay Germany partners with Stephan Denzer to found fiction label Good Humor

Banijay Germany and former editorial director for comedy and cabaret at German pubcaster ZDF have joined forces on a new scripted production company.

Stephan Denzer (photo: Steffen Z Wolff)

Stephan Denzer will head Cologne-based comedy label Good Humor as managing director and executive producer.

Good Humor will focus its output on fiction formats, from comedy series to sitcoms and sketch shows.

From July 2019, Denzer was head of Mainzer Kleinkunstbühne Unterhaus. Previously, he headed the cabaret and comedy division at ZDF. Under his leadership, he created the Heute Show, Neues aus der Anstalt, Sketch History, and comedy fiction formats like Merz gegen Merz, Nix Festes and Ellerbeck.

From 2016, Denzer was also responsible for all comedy formats on ZDFneo and 3Sat in addition to those for ZDF’s main schedule.

Marcus Wolter, CEO Banijay Germany comments: “Stephan Denzer has decisively shaped the comedy successes of ZDF for more than 15 years. Standing for quality, he certainly knows his way around sitcoms and comedy series. With his creativity and experience, we believe Good Humor will be a resounding success in Germany and look forward to the new partnership.”

Stephan Denzer added: “We believe good humour is important in a time full of challenges, in order to give us joy and thus strengthening our resilience. With the backing of Banijay, we want to create formats with relevance, originality and a lot of love, in order to perhaps bring a little more lightness and laughter to the world and hope to find partners who share this vision.”

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