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Wild Bunch AG was created in 2015 through the merger of the German entertainment company Senator Entertainment AG and the European film distribution company Wild Bunch SA.

The new group is a leading independent European film distribution and production services company, listed on the German market.

The pan-European holding company, based in Berlin and Paris is active in the acquisition, co-production, direct distribution and international sales of movies and TV series.

Wild Bunch provides a diversified suite of distribution services: a major player in international sales (Wild Bunch International Sales), the company has developed a pan-European distribution network and is currently active in 5 countries:

Wild Bunch has also positioned itself on the market of direct electronic distribution via its French VOD/SVOD service, FilmoTV. Wild Bunch also maintains a strong presence in the world of production, in particular through its Berlin-based brand Senator Film Produktion.

Furthermore, with the launch of Wild Bunch TV, the company expands its activities to co-production and distribution of TV series dedicated to the international market.

Wild Bunch currently manages a library of more than 2,200 titles.

Well positioned thanks to both a wealth of experience widely recognized by the movie business world-wide, as well as a broad, artistically diverse selection of the best of director-led international cinema, Wild Bunch has facilitated the successful international distribution and success of numerous films, such as The Artist, Blue is the Warmest Color, Dheepan, Drive, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Grandmaster, The Intouchables, The King’s Speech, Little Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas), March of the Penguins, Pan’s Labyrinth, Sin City, Spirited Away, Two Lovers, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Victoria… The company is wholly committed to providing the finest in international cinema to distributors and broadcasters throughout the world.

At the heart of digital revolution, Wild Bunch intends to take advantage of the dramatically changing business paradigm to become a major pan-European modern distribution platform, and to strengthen its policy of expansion and diversification, aimed at providing the new group with adapted sources of profitable growth.

History History

WILD BUNCH AG

  • September 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Wild Bunch launches Wild Bunch TV, extends its activities to coproduction and distribution of TV series dedicated to the international market, and announces its first two series.

  • June 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Senator Entertainment AG renamed Wild Bunch AG after the approval of the general meeting.

  • June 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Wild Bunch Germany releases Victoria, directed by Sebastian Schipper and coproduced by Deutschfilm. A German movie phenomenon, shot in a single take. Victoria received numerous awards from German industry “Deutscher Filmpreis” : Golden Lola for best movie, best director, best actress (Laia Costa), best actor (Frederick Lau), best photography, best music, best sound

  • May 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Wild Bunch won 4 awards at Cannes Films Festival 2015, including the PALME D’OR :

    Palme d’or for Dheepan by Jacques Audiard (Wild Bunch Int’l Sales – Bim)

    Best Actress ex-aequo for Rooney Mara in Carol by Todd Haynes (Vertigo)

    Best Director for The Assassin by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Wild Bunch Int’l Sales)

    Best Screenplay for Chronic by Michel Franco (Wild Bunch Int’l Sales – Wild Bunch Distribution)

  • May 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Launch of INSIDERS a new international sales company based in L.A. and dedicated to the selling of independent movies with budgets above 15 M$.

  • March 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Launch of e-Cinema activities, designed to offer an effective alternative distribution for movies, with the objective of creating “event” releases in order to reach the largest public possible.

  • February 2015 - Wild Bunch AG

    Successful completion of the merger of the two entities and reorganization of the German operations under Wild Bunch Germany.

    As part of the merger, the four founding partners of Wild Bunch contribute their shares and become the largest individual shareholders of the new company, while Senator’s biggest shareholder SWB Entertainment Investment SA becomes the prominent shareholder of the new company with about 66% of the share capital. In the process, Senator’s supervisory board appoints the managing directors of Wild Bunch S.A. Vincent Grimond, Vincent Maraval and Brahim Chioua to the Management Board of Senator.

WILDBUNCH

SENATOR

  • 2014 - Senator

    Helge Sasse resigns as CEO of Senator Entertainment AG after 8 years. The supervisory board appoints CFO Maximilian Sturm as sole chairman.
    Under his Chairmanship, Senator Entertainment AG implements comprehensive recapitalization and restructuring measures: capital reduction in a ratio of 4:1, cash capital increase and debt-equity swap generating a global equity increase of 24 M€ .

  • 2014 - Wild Bunch
    • Wild Bunch and Senator announce their intention of joining forces
    • Launching of the first European e-cinema entity
    • “Welcome to New York”, first pan-European e-cinema release
  • 2013 - Wild Bunch

    Palme d’Or for “Blue is the Warmest Color”

  • 2012 - Senator

    Senator partners with Bavarian Film Production GmbH ti set up production company Bavaria Pictures GmbH
    The company’s most successful film: “Ziemlich beste Freunde” reaches more than 9 million admissions

  • 2012 - Wild Bunch

    117 awards for “The Artist”, including Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor…

  • 2011 - Senator
    • Founding of Senator Film München GmbH, a production company mainly specialized in children entertainment
    • Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay for “The King’s Speech”. Acquired in cooperation with Wild Bunch, the film was released in France by Wild Bunch (3 million admissions) and in Germany by Senator (2.4 million admissions)
  • 2011 - Wild Bunch
    • FilmoTV offered as part of Orange’s triple play offer/bundle
    • Acquisition of a majority stake in Vertigo, a distribution company in Spain
  • 2009 - Senator
    • Founding of Senator Film Köln GmbH and Deutschfilm GmbH both production companies dedicated to German films.
    • German release of The Reader (2.2 million admissions). Best actress Oscar for Kate Winslet.
  • 2009 - Wild Bunch
    • Launching of Wild Bunch Germany, headed by Marc Gabizon
    • French release of “Le Petit Nicolas”, number 1 film at French box-office of the year with 5.7 million admissions.
  • 2008 - Senator

    Senator sells its stake as majority shareholder in X-Filme Creative Pool GmbH to its shareholders

  • 2008 - Wild Bunch
    • Launch of FilmoTV, the first VOD/SVOD service in Europe
    • Golden Lion for “The Wrestler”
  • 2007 - Senator

    Sale of 50% of Central Film Verleih GmbH to Wild Bunch.

  • 2007 - Wild Bunch

    Extension of the European Distribution network

    • Acquisition of a majority stake in BIM Distribuzione in Italy, independent distributor in Italy.
    • Creation of Wild Bunch Germany, dedicated to film distribution in Germany, and acquisition of 50% of Central Film Verleih, a booking and billing company.
    • Second round of financing of Wild Bunch
      • Capital increase subscribed by Continental Entertainment Capital (CEC), subsidiary of the US financial institution Citi,
      • Backed by CEC, creation of a venture dedicated to the acquisition of feature films : Continental Films
    • Golden Palme for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days”
  • 2006 - Senator

    Roland Berger and HSW acquire remaining shares from Deutsche Bank AG from the 2004 capital increases

  • 2006 - Wild Bunch
    • Exception Wild Bunch gives up the Exception name and operates as Wild Bunch.
    • Agreement with Fidélité (French producer) for the coproduction and distribution of its movies.
    • Best documentary Academy Awards® for “March of Penguins” (US box-office : 77.4 M$)
  • 2005 - Senator

    HSW GmbH (Helge Sasse) acquires 50.09% of the share capital

  • 2005 - Wild Bunch
    • Reinforcement of financial structures :
      • First round investment extension : 18 M€, Virtual Studios becomes shareholder
      • Creation of a joint-venture (Virtual Films) with Stark Investments (via Virtual Studios) dedicated to the acquisition and coproduction of feature films.
  • 2004 - Senator

    Submission of applications for insolvency by Senator Entertainment AG, Senator Film Produktion GmbH, Senator Film Verleih GmbH and Central Film Verleih GmbH

  • 2004 - Wild Bunch
    • Constitution of the direct distribution network in France :
      • Acquisition of Wild Side Films and Wild Side Vidéo (video distribution in France).
      • Acquisition of a majority stake in a theatrical distribution company, Pan Européenne Edition (Wild Bunch Distribution).
    • First equity investment : 13 M€.
    • Golden Palm for “Fahrenheit 9/11”
  • 2003 - Senator

    Outstanding successes for two German productions “Das Wunder von Bern” (Senator) and “Good Bye, Lenin!” (X-Filme)

  • 2003 - Wild Bunch

    Best Animated Feature Academy Awards® and Golden Bear for ”Spirited Away”

  • 2002 - Senator

    Equity stake in X-Filme Creative Pool GmbH increased to 56.52%

  • 2002 - Wild Bunch
    • The 4 founders, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Grimond, Vincent Maraval and Alain de la Mata, launch Exception Wild Bunch,
    • Founders seed the company with 2.3 M€, acquiring the brand and its current slate of movies from StudioCanal, company which they had run for 8 years.
  • 2001 - Senator

    Launch of international business under management of Senator International, Inc.

  • 2000 - Senator

    Acquisition of a 25.1% stake in X-Verleih AG and in CinemaxX AG (25% + 1 share).

  • 1999 - Senator
    • Acquisition of Central Film Verleih GmbH, a booking and billing company
    • Berlin IPO on the Neuer Markt segment
  • 1988-1999 - Senator

    Senator’s productions “Manta, der Film”, “Heavenly Creatures”, “Comedian Harmonists”, “Die Apothekerin” and “Aimee und Jaguar” become instant domestic and         international successes for Senator.

  • 1987 - Senator

    Founding of Senator Film Produktion GmbH, a production company for German movies

  • 1986 - Senator

    Founding of Senator Entertainment AG, a holding company for German activities

  • 1979 - Senator

    Founding of Senator Film Verleih GmbH, a German theatrical distribution company

Organization chart as of February 2015 Organization chart

Orga Chart incl Insiders

Boards Boards

Management Board

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Vincent Grimond
CEO

Since February 5, 2015: Management Board member of Wild Bunch AG

Since 2015: CEO of Wild Bunch AG
2002 – now: Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Wild Bunch S.A.
2000 – 2002: Executive Vice President, Universal Studios, Los Angeles, USA
1996 – 2000: Founder and Chairman and CEO of StudioCanal
1991 – 1996: CFO Group Cap Gemini Sogeti
1981 – 1991: CFO of Club Méditerranée
1978: ESSEC graduate
Founder & Honorary Chairman on ESSEC Media & Entertainment Chair

 

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Brahim Chioua
COO

Since February 5, 2015: Management Board member of Wild Bunch AG

Since 2015: COO of Wild Bunch AG
2002 – now: Co-Founder and COO Wild Bunch S.A.
2000 – 2002: Executive VP for Production and Distribution of StudioCanal
1994 – 2000: COO of Le Studio Canal+
1988 – 1992: Accountant Director at La 5
1986 – 1988: Auditor at Arthur Andersen
Chartered Accountant
Economy (DEA) graduate

 

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Markus Maximilian Sturm
CFO

Since February 5, 2015: Management Board member of Wild Bunch AG

Since 2015: CFO of Wild Bunch AG

2013-2015: CFO and Management Board member of Senator Entertainment AG
2009 – 2012: Managing director of sports segment companies of Constantin Medien AG, including as managing director of TV station Sport1 GmbH, sports production company Plazamedia GmbH, and marketing company Constantin Sport
2001 – 2012: Executive Vice President for corporate planning and Group controlling at Constantin Medien AG, Munich (formerly: EM.TV & Merchandising AG)
2000 – 2001: Controlling and Finance Manager of Junior Web GmbH, Munich

 

Vincent Maraval
CCO

Since February 5, 2015: Management Board member of Wild Bunch AG

Since 2015: CCO of Wild Bunch AG
2002 – now: Co-Founder and CCO Wild Bunch S.A.
1999: Founded foreign sales label Wild Bunch as a department of StudioCanal after joining the company in 1998
1995 – 1998: UGC International Sales Executive
1991 – 1995: UGC Video
ESC Bordeaux graduate

 

Supervisory Board

Wolf-Dieter Gramatke, Hamburg
Supervisory Board Chairman
Media manager, consultants and managing director of Great-Minds Consultants–Entertainment–Media–e-Business GmbH

Hans Mahr, Köln
Deputy Supervisory Board Chairman
Economist, managing director of mahrmedia GmbH

Tarek Malak, Berlin
Supervisory Board member
Managing Director, Sapinda Deutschland GmbH

Prof. Dr. Katja Nettesheim, Berlin
Supervisory Board member
Geschäftsführerin der _MEDIATE Nettesheim & Partner, Unternehmensberater, Berlin und Professorin für Medienmanagement an der MHMK Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation

Pierre Tattevin, Paris
Supervisory Board Member
Lawyer, Partner and Managing Director at Lazard Investmentbank Ltd.

Benjamin Waisbren, Chicago/ Los Angeles
Supervisory Board Member
Lawyer, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP

Contacts Contacts

Berlin
Wild Bunch AG
Knesebeckstrasse 59-61
10719 Berlin
Germany
Tel : +49 30 88091-700

Paris
Wild Bunch SA
65 rue de Dunkerque
75009 Paris
France
Tel : +33 1 43 13 21 15