On October 1st, the production company RTL Studios will take over the independent TV producer 99pro media GmbH. The RTL media group recently announced this.
The approximately 100 employees at the Leipzig, Berlin and Hamburg locations are to switch to RTL Studios under the responsibility of Managing Director Inga Leschek. Bernd Schumacher, the founder and managing director of 99pro, should remain the company as creative director at RTL Studios.
According to RTL, Schumacher will in this function in the future, among other things, build a True Crime Unit and develop new daytime formats. The takeover is subject to approval by the Bundeskartellamt, the press release said. A purchase price was not announced publicly.
99pro media GmbH has produced several successful formats such as “We are Family” for ProSieben or “Daniela Katzenberger – Naturally Blond” for Vox in the past 20 years. For the Vox production “Asternweg – A street without a way out” 99pro media GmbH won the German Television Award in 2016 as the best report / documentary. For Vox, the company is already producing “Goodbye Germany – The Emigrants” for the tenth year. In addition, 99pro media is currently developing True Crime series for streaming providers and documentation for ZDF.