Mediawan & Leonine Studios, the joint venture between France’s Mediawan and Germany’s Leonine, has acquired 51% of Drama Republic, the UK production banner behind hit BBC drama “Doctor Foster” and Netflix original “The Irregulars,” Variety first reported. Financial details were not disclosed, but Mediawan & Leonine Studios now has a controlling stake in the company.
Drama Republic is led by industry veterans Greg Brenman, Roanna Benn and Chief Content Officer Jude Liknaitzky, who will all remain in their respective roles. With this acquisition, Mediawan & Leonine Studios is looking to strengthen its European presence in top markets such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and Spain.
The group, headed by Mediawan’s CEO, Pierre-Antoine Capton, and Leonine Studios’ CEO, Fred Kogel, who act as co-CEOs, brings together two of Europe’s fastest-growing media companies. Their combined portfolio includes 61 production banners in key markets. Their ambition is to strengthen their status as a talent-driven pan-European major involved in developing, producing, distributing and licensing premium IP.
“We are delighted to welcome within our family the very experienced and ambitious team of Drama Republic. Combining creative forces and market relevance with Drama Republic unlocks fantastic opportunities for our studio: we look forward to seizing synergies in co-production, distribution and licensing, enabling our local hits to travel globally,” Capton said.
“Nurturing talents is part of the common DNA of Leonine, Mediawan and Drama Republic. Our partnership will open up endless new perspectives for talents, as well as our customers and partners. Drama Republic’s co-founders and co-CEO’s, Greg and Roanna, and their team, proved their unique capability to produce premium content with a global reach, partnering with both traditional broadcasters and streaming platforms on high-end series,” Kogel added.