Bavaria Ficton confirmed plans to appoint Jonas Baur to the role of executive producer for the ARD long-running telenovela "Storm of Love." The executive will assume the role on 1 February."Bea, your extraordinary sensibility for narratives and characters and your production skills have had a decisive influence on Bavaria over the past decades. Millions of viewers watch 'Storm of Love' every day and, thanks to you, it has become one of the most successful telenovelas of all time and a flagship of our company," Marcus Ammon and Jan S. Kaiser, Managing Directors at Bavaria Fiction said."Entire generations of TV viewers have been shaped by your creative work. Handing over a life's work is never easy – so we are extremely pleased that we have found an experienced and thoughtful successor with proven series expertise in Jonas, who is now taking over the baton. Here's to lots of tailwind and few storms, dear Jonas!"
"Storm of Love" airs Mondays to Fridays at 3:10 p.m. on Das Erste and achieved an average market share of 12.2% in 2022. Approximately 730,000 views per episode were registered in the digital platform "ARD Mediathek" during this period. In December 2022, the successful telenovela was extended for another two seasons with a further 330 new episodes. "Storm of Love" is also successful internationally and has been sold by Bavaria Media to more than 25 countries, including ORF in Austria and Mediaset in Italy. "Storm of Love" is a Bavaria Fiction production with the editorial department at Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
"With 'Storm of Love' we have established a new genre on German television," Bea Schmidt, Executive Producer at Bavaria Fiction said. "A lot ventured and a lot gained. Just like Carl Amery: 'Risk is the bow wave of success'. After more than 4,000 episodes, I am now handing over the helm to Jonas Baur. I would like to thank my many companions and associates at Bavaria and ARD and, of course, my great 'Storm of Love' team, who have always stood firmly by my side, even in stormy times."
Baur began his tenure with Bavaria Ficton in October of last year, reporting to Managing Director Content, Marcus Ammon. The creator and long-time executive producer of "Storm of Love", Bea Schmidt, confirmed her departure from Bavaria aftera 27-year tenure, during which she developed respectively produced series such as "In aller Freundschaft", "Schloss Einstein" and "The Rosenheim Cops" as well as movie franchises including "Utta Danella". Jonas Baur, Executive Producer at Bavaria Fiction: "I am very much looking forward to taking care of 'Storm of Love' as executive producer. I will do so with great respect for what Bea Schmidt and the team have achieved day after day for 18 years. This spirit will continue to carry 'Storm of Love' over all hurdles in the future."
With 'Storm of Love' we have established a new genre on German television. A lot ventured and a lot gained. Just like Carl Amery: 'Risk is the bow wave of success'. After more than 4,000 episodes, I am now handing over the helm to Jonas Baur. I would like to thank my many companions and associates at Bavaria and ARD and, of course, my great 'Storm of Love' team, who have always stood firmly by my side, even in stormy times.” Bea Schmidt Executive Producer, Bavaria Fiction