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The new holding company arising from the merger of the former Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film, also other units of the company, are to trade under the brand of Leonine from January 2020.

Wordmark Leonine logo 21Sep2019Leonine Holding, is bundling Leonine’s business into the three areas that represent the company's value chain: Leonine Production, Leonine Distribution and Leonine Licensing.

The production companies, such as Wiedemann & Berg Film, Odeon Film and i&u TV, the established television brand TELE 5 as well as the SVOD channels Filmtastic, Home of Horror and Arthouse CNMA will retain their previous names. As an associated company and established brand, RTL II will also remain unaffected by a renaming. The other distribution and licensing companies will operate under the LEONINE brand from the beginning of 2020.

These include Tele München with its affiliates TM International, Concorde Filmverleih and Concorde Home Entertainment as well as Universum Film.

With its three divisions Leonine Production, Leonine Distribution and Leonine Licensing, the company covers the entire value chain of the film business. The focus lies on inspiring viewers with high-quality content and being a reliable partner for creative talents.

“When choosing the new brand as our company name, the following aspects were decisive for us: it should reflect our ties to our home region of Bavaria and Munich, both of which are also highly esteemed internationally, it has got to work internationally and the trademark rights had to be available,” explained Leonine CEO Fred Kogel.

“With Leonine we have found a link to Bavaria with its heraldic animal, the lion. The English meaning of the word “leonine” is “lion-like” and describes for
us above all an attitude - courage, energy, confidence and a strong sense for team play. This is reflected in our corporate values. With a great team, we are building a company that creates content that inspires - with passion, experience, expertise and creativity - that attracts creative talent and takes advantage of the new opportunities of a changing content world. We aim to establish Leonine as a continuously reliable one stop shop for premium content.”