Newen acquires a majority stake in German production company Flare Film
Newen takes a majority stake in production company Flare Film. The Berlin-based
company has successfully developed and produced cinema and documentary movies
since 2008 and has established its series unit Flare Entertainment in 2020 to
strengthen its footprint in the growing series market. Its productions are
internationally acclaimed with public and critical success at numerous
festivals (Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno) and its first high-scale series
Paradiso for Sky has recently wrapped production. Martin Heisler, the founder
and owner of Flare Film, will continue to run the group while also retaining a
significant stake. The objective of this partnership with Newen is to continue
Flare Film's growth by bringing together new talent, following the successful
strategy of Newen in the UK.
This acquisition marks a new step in Newen's international expansion strategy.
The group is now present on the main European markets. Due to its size, the
largest in Europe, and its creativity, Germany is a key market for Newen's
development. Its attractiveness has been further reinforced by several recent
major international successes of German productions such as Dark, Das Boot,
Babylon Berlin, How to sell drugs fast.
Flare Film is a quality production label, both dynamic and in constant growth,
still independent in this highly coveted market. Some collaborations are
already set up, notably in distribution with Newen Connect. These will be
reinforced and complemented by co-productions and IP exchanges, in accordance
to the tested and virtuous practices that exist within the Newen Group.
Romain Bessi, Managing Director of Newen: "Newen continues its dynamic strategy
of gathering the best European talent with the acquisition of Flare Film. This
is an important step for the group, because European ambition necessarily
includes the German market, the most important one in Europe. We are looking
forward to work with Martin Heisler and his teams, not only because they are
talented but also because our common desires and values guarantee great
ambitions. We will do everything to support them in creating and enhancing
attractive content to viewers all around the world."
Philippe Levasseur, Head of International of Newen: "Flare Film is the ideal
partner for Newen: a very creative team, eager to collaborate beyond its
borders, ambitious in various genres. The development of scripted series with
Newen started even before the signature of this acquisition because everyone in
the group was waiting for this German partner, which is essential for our
Martin Heisler, President and CEO of Flare Film: "The film and TV market has
never been as exciting as it is right now and becoming part of the Newen family
is an important step for us to play a bigger role in the German market as well
as in international co-productions. At the same time, we will remain a
trustworthy partner for the creative talents and all our collaborators and will
continue to follow our vision: to produce exciting, high-quality and relevant
content. We are proud that Newen put its trust in us to achieve these goals.
Together we have a lot of plans!"
Newen, a subsidiary of the TF1 group, is a major player in audiovisual
production and distribution in Europe. The group has a multi-genre catalogue
that fits diversified client demands from all around the world. Since 2017,
Newen has grown internationally with the acquisition of companies such as
Tuvalu and Pupkin (Netherlands), Nimbus (Denmark), De Mensen (Belgium), Reel
One (Canada, United States and United Kingdom), Ringside, Fictionhouse, Slate
Entertainment, Further South Productions (United Kingdom) and iZen (Spain).
With its international distribution arm, Newen Connect, and the integration of
TF1 Studio in 2020, the Newen group has a catalog of 6,000 hours and more than
About Flare Film
Flare Film is an independent German film production company established by
Martin Heisler in 2008 dedicated to produce high-quality features,
documentaries and - via its subsidy Flare Entertainment - series for the
domestic and international market. Founder and shareholder Martin Heisler
serves as managing director alongside Maxim Juretzka. Flare Film's successful
titles include the multi-award winning documentaries WALCHENSEE FOREVER by
Janna Ji Wonders, BERLIN BOUNCER by David Dietl, VERGISS MEIN NICHT by David
Sieveking, as well as the award-winning feature films KIDS RUN by Barbara Ott,
ONE OF THESE DAYS by Bastian Günther, LOMO by Julia Langhof) and MORRIS AUS
AMERICA by Chat Hartigan. Upcoming productions are the Sky series PARADISO
directed by Barbara Albert and David Dietl, RÄUBERHÄNDE by Ilker Catak and
NÖ by Dietrich Brüggemann.