February 25th, 2021
Following their successful theatrical sales partnership, STUDIOCANAL Germany and PROKINO are expanding their cooperation: As of this year, STUDIOCANAL will take over the distribution of the PROKINO Catalogue in physical and digital home entertainment as well as in SVOD and TV in Germany. In total, the agreement includes over 100 titles with a theatrical release date of 2019 or earlier. With its unique mix of major European and international productions ranging from Welcome to the Sticks to European blockbuster and five-times Academy Award® nominee Amélie, Lola winner 3 days in Quiberon and Academy Award® winning Slumdog Millionaire, the PROKINO Catalogue will benefit from the STUDIOCANAL owned ARTHAUS brand, which is the home for exceptional films in Germany.
Kalle Friz, CEO of STUDIOCANAL Germany: “Our extensive library as well as the ARTHAUS brand have always been an essential part of the STUDIOCANAL portfolio. Continuously working on further development of both is of strategic importance to the company, achieved through high-quality library additions or new exploitation options such as, most recently, the digital streaming offer ARTHAUS +, where titles from the PROKINO Catalogue will also be available in the future. We are very proud to give a new home to the wonderful PROKINO library and are thankful for their trust in our work.”
Hooman Afshari, EVP Distribution, and Alexandra Bauermeister, EVP Legal & Business Affairs, who negotiated the deal on behalf of STUDIOCANAL with Odile Reussner, Head of Legal Department at PROKINO, added: “Deepening our collaboration with PROKINO is a great opportunity to expand our program with a unique selection of films which displays the great work that Ira von Gienanth and Stephan Hutter and their team have accomplished for decades that we highly appreciate.”
PROKINO owners Ira von Gienanth and Stephan Hutter on the new partnership: “We are delighted to know that our library is in the best hands for the coming years with STUDIOCANAL across all stages of distribution, especially with ARTHAUS being the best home for the kind of movies that have always been the essence of our strong line up. This gives us the opportunity to use new resources and capacities to focus on investing in exciting films and new projects, thus bringing our core competence in purchasing and marketing current high-quality cinema highlights to the fore in our daily business. We would also like to thank our long-term partner in Home Entertainment, EuroVideo, who will continue to take care of the distribution of our current titles.”
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist and Belle de jour.
STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, The Commuter and Shaun The Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Jojo Moyes adaptation The Last Letter from your Lover, female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake, Gil Kenan’s live action A Boy called Christmas and Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy starrer The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year and operates at the international level, by distributing globally its scripted productions and CANAL+ Créations Originales (1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution). STUDIOCANAL has developed a network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM Productions in Germany (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Finding Alice, Years and Years), Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Two Lives, On Death Row) and France’s STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds), Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm).
PROKINO is one of the most successful and diverse Independents in Germany. Almost immediately and for over 40 years now PROKINO has been building a solid reputation for working together with leading European and selected American producers and sales companies on distributing exceptional and breakthrough films in the German-speaking territories. PROKINO is also continuously involved in German productions and their endurance in national and international markets.
PROKINO is a vertically structured entity, spanning from theatrical, video and VOD distribution to TV licensing and film production. The management consists of Ira von Gienanth, in charge of acquisitions, licensing and production, and Stephan Hutter, responsible for distribution and marketing. Both are also owners of the company.