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Mediawan & Leonine Studios hires LA-based Caroline Kusser for int’l copros

French media firm Mediawan and German production group Leonine Studios have hired former Fremantle exec Caroline Kusser to oversee international coproductions at their joint vehicle Mediawan & Leonine Studios from LA.

Caroline Kusser

Based in a newly opened US office in LA, Kusser joined Mediawan & Leonine Studios at the beginning of 2022 as executive VP of international coproduction and also serves as executive VP of world sales at Leonine Studios.

The experienced international TV and licensing exec was most recently executive VP of coproduction and distribution at Fremantle, which she joined in late 2015 after a decade with Red Arrow International in the US.

In her new roles, Kusser is responsible for all TV coproduction activities on an international and European level within Mediawan & Leonine Studios, which was formed when Mediawan and Leonine joined forces in 2020.

She will manage and coordinate fiction coproductions across the more than 60 production companies belonging to Mediawan & Leonine Studios. She will also drive the development of Leonine Studios’ global distribution.

Eden Rock Media’s Thomas Augsberger, who is Leonine Studios’ overall US consultant, will continue to advise Leonine Studios in the international feature film business.

Prior to joining Red Arrow International, Kusser established her own distribution business under the label Carokusser, serving clients including ZDF Enterprises. She has previously worked at Bavaria Media Television and Beta Film in Germany.

Mediawan & Leonine Studios co-CEOs Pierre-Antoine Capton and Fred Kogel said: “She is an expert with an excellent network and the ideal person for our planned internationalisation and growth strategy in the TV coproduction segment.”

Leonine Studios CEO Kogel added: “Together with her, we will continue to develop our Leonine Studios brand into a synonym for premium content in international distribution. Our high-end fiction productions for TV are in the very best hands with her.”


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