Bavaria Fiction unveils Icon Docs, its new documentary brand

The brand is headed by Emanuel Rotstein who will continue to report to Marcus Ammon, Managing Director Content, Bavaria Fiction.

26 MAR 2024

Emanuel Rotstein & Marcus Ammon

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Bavaria Fiction’s documentary unit, founded  now has its own brand - Icon Docs. It produces both films and series for cinema, TV and streamers. In addition to in-house and commissioned productions, national and international co-productions are set to be increasingly realized in the future. Icon Docs is headed by Emanuel Rotstein who will continue to report to Marcus Ammon, Managing Director Content, Bavaria Fiction. 

Icon Docs current productions include the true-crime documentary “Car Park Murder – Who killed Charlotte Böhringer?” for Sky and the biopic “Ultra-Orthodox: Rabbi Akiva’s Journey to Freedom” for ZDF and 3sat. Projects in development include “Hitler in Hollywood” (wt), which examines the complex relationship between Hollywood and Nazi Germany in the 1930s and “The Park – New York’s Revolutionary Heart” (wt), a documentary about Washington Square Park reflecting its American history, as a place of change, resistance and the search for identity – as well as an arena in the fight for freedom and equality, which takes on a special poignancy in the shadow of the forthcoming US presidential election in 2024.

Marcus Ammon, Managing Director Content, Bavaria Fiction placed brand development in the context of factual growth: “In recent years, the demand for factual programming has increased worldwide. We have therefore established ‘Icon Docs’ as an independent label in the German and international market with our documentary team centred around the renowned leadership of Emanuel Rotstein," commented.

Emanuel Rotstein, Head of Documentaries and Executive Producer emphasized the artistic ambition of the new brand: “’Icon Docs’ stands for state-of-the-art projects with a distinctive high production and news value. We want to move people, shake them up and build bridges between cultures. With a clear focus on current, political and investigative topics, biographies and contemporary history, we create sophisticated content that deserves the attention of a broad, global audience," noted.