18.08.2021 – 11:24
LEONINE Studios picks up worldwide distribution rights to high-end spy series BONN
LEONINE Studios picks up worldwide distribution rights to Odeon Fiction’s new high-end spy series BONN
LEONINE Studios will handle worldwide sales for Odeon Fiction's new high-profile six-part political-thriller series BONN. Following the remarkable international success of SPY CITY, which recently premiered on AMC+ in the United States, BONN is Odeon Fiction's next premium series, which brings an intriguing historical subject into focus.
The series is based on true historical events that are being portrayed on screen for the first time. Set against the backdrop of a stirring and dramatic family story, the series recounts the rise of the young Federal Republic between the terror of World War II and the return to everyday life. In the midst of this tension culminates the political tug-of-war between two rival German intelligence services, the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Gehlen Organization, which would later become the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the official Foreign Intelligence Service of Germany. At the same time, the series is a thrilling portrait of a young woman struggling to find her own place in a male-dominated society in the zeitgeist of the 1950s, and in doing so she discovers startling details about her own family and the man she loves.
The acting ensemble comprises an impressive cast: Mercedes Müller (GOODBYE BERLIN, ECHOS) in the lead role of Toni, Max Riemelt (MATRIX 4, FREE FALL, SANCTUARY), Sebastian Blomberg (THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER, CURVEBALL), Martin Wuttke (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, CLOUD ATLAS), Juergen Maurer (PERFUME, VIENNA BLOOD), Katharina Marie Schubert (A GIFT FROM THE GODS, MOTHER BEE), Inga Busch (I’M YOUR MAN, TANNBACH), Luise von Finckh (VIENNA BLOOD, DEUTSCHLAND 89), Julius Feldmeier (BABYLON BERLIN, DAS BOOT) and Johanna Gastdorf (THE GOLDFISH, THE WAVE).
Based on an idea by Gerrit Hermans, director and head writer Claudia Garde (NEBELHAUS, THE WINDOW) captures an erratic political event about the abuse of power and secret agendas by two German intelligence services in strong cinematic motifs. Martin Rehbock and Peter Furrer wrote the screenplays alongside Garde. Odeon Fiction’s Philip Voges and Fabian Winkelmann produce the series in cooperation with Wilma Film (Prague) for ARD. The editorial responsibility on behalf of ARD lies with Götz Schmedes, executive producer is Caren Toennissen (both WDR). The production of BONN is financially supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FFF Bayern and the German Motion Picture Fund (GMPF). The series was filmed on locations in the Czech Republic and North Rhine-Westphalia and wrapped shooting in mid-July. BONN will air in primetime on Germany’s public network Das Erste.
About LEONINE Studios
LEONINE Studios is a leading independent German content house focusing on inspiring viewers with premium content and being a reliable partner for creative talents.
With its three divisions LEONINE Production, LEONINE Distribution and LEONINE Licensing, the media company covers the entire value chain of the content business. LEONINE Studios produces feature films, series, TV shows, entertainment formats, infotainment formats, content for social media channels, and co-produces national and international fiction formats. The LEONINE Studios production companies – i&u TV, Odeon Entertainment, Odeon Fiction, SEO Entertainment, W&B Television and Wiedemann & Berg Film – are led by award-winning producers with long-term ties to outstanding creative talents. LEONINE Studios distributes its content in theaters, on digital services, in home entertainment and on TV channels. In this context, the company also draws on its market-leading license library which includes programs in all formats and genres. LEONINE Studios’ independence assures that all players in the content sector can be provided with premium content – digital streaming providers, pay TV partners as well as public and private television broadcasters.
About Odeon Fiction
Odeon Fiction’s team stands for high-quality fictional content for television, cinema and streaming platforms. Odeon Fiction has produced many popular and award-winning series for German broadcasters, among the best known are A CASE FOR TWO, DISAPPEARED – THE M.P.U, THE PROSECUTOR, TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS, SK KÖLSCH, WOLFFS REVIER, THE COUNTRY DOCTOR and KDD, which regularly achieve top ratings on German television. After the Netflix series DEADWIND, another international co-production was completed with SPY CITY for ZDF/Magenta TV, followed by two further new productions for Netflix, KITZ and BLACK ISLAND. Among the company’s theatrical productions are ERKAN & STEFAN, JOHN RABE, THE FLYING CLASSROOM and ZOROS SOLO. Odeon Fiction’s productions have been nominated and awarded with, among others, the German Television Award, Grimme Award, German Comedy Award and the Bavarian Television Award. Odeon Fiction is a LEONINE Studios company.
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