Studiocanal Takes Full Control of ‘Pillars of the Earth’ Producer Tandem

Jeremy Jackson

Studiocanal buys out the minority stake in the German manufacturing team at the back of ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and the upcoming collection ‘Shadowplay.’
French media large Studiocanal has taken full manage of German manufacturing business enterprise Tandem Productions, shopping for out the final shares in the Munich-based crew in the back of such TV productions as the Emmy-nominated miniseries Pillars of the Earth and the upcoming duration crime drama Shadowplay, starring Taylor Kitsch.

The deal, introduced Tuesday by means of Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh, sees the French team purchase out the minority share in Tandem, managed with the aid of companions Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin and Jonas Bauer. Studiocanal took a majority stake in the organisation in 2012, rebranding it StudiocanalTV/Tandem Productions.

Rola Bauer, who co-founded Tandem with Halkin in 1999, will remain linked to Studiocanal by a non-exclusive consulting deal.

As a boutique producer of high-end tv series, Tandem pioneered the worldwide co-production model, now extensively used, whereby networks from specific nations co-finance a collection that they would be unable or unwilling to bankroll on their own. Tandem used the mannequin to produce epic miniseries which include medieval length drama The Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End, as nicely as longer-running sequence such as pan-European crime procedural Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland.

After Studiocanal’s preliminary funding in Tandem, Rola Bauer used to be promoted to head of Studiocanal’s worldwide tv division, overseeing worldwide operations for manufacturing groups the French team owns or has an fairness stake in, along with British outfits RED, Guilty Party, Urban Myth and Final Twist and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch shingle.

Upcoming productions on Tandem’s slate encompass the 12-episode dramedy On the Verge, written by means of and starring Julie Delpy and Elisabeth Shue, and Shadowplay, from The Bridge creator Mans Marlind.

“Upping our stake will gain the persisted increase of our international tv manufacturing and distribution businesses,” Marsh said, commenting on the buyout. “Rola is an high-quality companion and pretty gifted government and has strongly contributed to the improvement of Studiocanal TV over the previous eight years. On behalf of Studiocanal, I would like to lengthen our honest thanks to Rola for her tough work and exquisite dedication.”

Added Bauer: “My purpose has constantly been to enlighten and entertain via tv that transcends the boundaries. Founding this business enterprise over 20 years in the past and in addition constructing it, collectively with Studiocanal and the notable groups in Munich, Paris and London, led by using Anna Marsh, has been an inspiring experience…. There has by no means been a higher time to be in the worldwide content material business, growing and connecting structures for our future monetary recovery. [I’m] very a great deal searching ahead to opening a new chapter.”

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