The French company StudioCanal, owned by the Canal + Group, has added German Lailaps Films to its portfolio of production companies.
The Munich-based company of producer Nils Dünker recently launched the adventure drama series Wild Republic on Magenta TV, owned by Deutsche Telekom.
StudioCanal and Lailaps have been working together for several years as the former embarks on high-end drama production in Germany.
Dünker and his team are currently preparing Gesicht der Erinnerung for German broadcaster SWR and its Austrian counterpart ORF, and the sequel to the SOKO-Chef Ingo Thiel series for ZDF.
In addition, the film adaptation of Rita Falk Hannes’ bestseller, co-produced by Lailaps and StudioCanal, will be released this fall by StudioCanal Berlin.
Nicolas Loock, Managing Director of StudioCanal TV and Tandem Productions: “Creating and producing quality German content is a priority for our group and very important for StudioCanal’s international strategy.
“We firmly believe that series and films with a strong German DNA can be very attractive to international audiences. In order to continue to grow, it was important to find the best partner and this collaboration with Nils and his team is the result.
Dünker, MD and Executive Producer at Lailaps Films, said: “We are very pleased with the confidence StudioCanal has placed in us and to be able to launch even more high quality feature film and series projects with such a strong partner.
“This partnership makes us one of the leading European film production and distribution companies. In an era of growing budgets and increasingly complex production logistics, we couldn’t imagine a more knowledgeable and capable partner for the exciting projects ahead.
The announcement was made yesterday as part of a StudioCanal presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Among the teased TV projects was a third season of the CG animated series The Adventures of Paddington for M6 and Nickelodeon.
Principal photography began on a third season of the Canal + and The Walt Disney Company sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds.
The Blue Hour, based on the bestseller by famous author Douglas Kennedy, is being developed as a series in partnership with French publisher Editis, owned by Vivendi.
Editis also partners with StudioCanal and Authentic Prod to make NEO, the young adult saga of French author Michel Bussi, in series.
Following the success of Midnight Sun and Shadowplay, StudioCanal is also developing a new project, Butcher’s Hook, with Swedish writer and director Måns Mårlind.
Finally, Red Productions from StudioCanal in the UK is working on Corto Maltese, based on Hugo Pratt’s graphic novels. Australian writer Andrew Knight (Jack Irish, Hacksaw Ridge) is keen to develop the screenplay.