Mediawan takes full control of Leonine Studios

This move creates one of Europe’s premier independent studios with presence across 13 Countries, 85 Labels, a catalogue of 30,000 hours of premium content and revenue exceeding €1 Billion.

29 APR 2024

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Mediawan and Leonine Studios ("Leonine") have signed a definitive agreement for Leonine to combine forces with Mediawan in an all-stock transaction. The combination will foster even closer collaboration between the businesses and establish Mediawan as a premier studio with a global presence across 13 countries, 85 labels, a catalogue of ~30,000 hours of premium content and revenue exceeding €1 billion. Mediawan and Leonine first partnered in 2020 when Mediawan acquired a c. 25% stake in Leonine, resulting in successful cooperation between the two companies since.

The transaction will allow Mediawan to complete its European footprint with the addition of the attractive German-speaking region, the second largest market in Europe for audiovisual content. Furthermore, the combination will further deepen Mediawan’s talent bench in scripted content production with the addition of the award-winning production labels of Leonine to Mediawan’s network of international producers coordinated by Elisabeth d’Arvieu, CEO of Mediawan Pictures. In addition, Leonine will diversify Mediawan’s operations across geographies, customers and business segments, including through the addition of Leonine’s extensive catalogue, including rights to over 4,000 titles, alongside its growing audio and audiovisual distribution business.

This combination follows Mediawan’s strategy of creating a truly pan-European studio with increasingly global presence, dedicated to attracting the best creative talent and delivering premium content across the globe. The group’s presence now spans 13 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Benelux, and the UK in Europe, alongside operations in Africa, Asia, and the US. Mediawan is the creative engine and producer behind some of the world's most iconic IPs and successes, including "Call My Agent", "Miraculous Ladybug", "Rhythm and Flow France", "Three Body Problem", "The Agency", "Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story", "IPH", "One Day", and "Bob Marley: One Love."

With the direction of Pierre-Antoine Capton as group CEO, Fred Kogel will lead operations in the German-speaking regions alongside the existing Leonine management team and will join Mediawan's executive committee. Mediawan is controlled by its co-founders Pierre-Antoine Capton, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse, with financial backing from KKR and other long-term partners.

Pierre-Antoine Capton said: “With the addition of Leonine Studios, we have achieved an important milestone in Mediawan’s strategy to create a pan-European studio with a strong presence in all key markets. I am delighted to welcome Fred Kogel and the entire Leonine team who have built a leading independent studio over the years – together, we will become an even more attractive platform for creative talent and strengthen our position as a leading studio for premium content across all genres.”

Fred Kogel added: “Within five years we have built the leading integrated independent media group in the German-speaking region and a home to some of the best talent in the industry. This is a testimony to the hard work and commitment of all Leonine employees over the years. Our combination with Mediawan to create a pan-European powerhouse is the next step and will bring exciting benefits to our valued partners and customers in Germany, the US and beyond. I look forward to executing on our ambitious growth strategy alongside Mediawan, Leonine’s great management team and our dedicated employees.”

Philipp Freise, Co-Head of European Private Equity at KKR, noted: “It has been an absolute pleasure backing Pierre-Antoine Capton and Fred Kogel in building two of Europe’s independent audiovisual content powerhouses. KKR’s investments in Mediawan and Leonine follow a long history of investing behind exceptional entrepreneurs in talent - and IP - centred businesses. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Pierre-Antoine Capton and Fred Kogel as Mediawan enters the next phase in its impressive growth trajectory.”