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Newen Buys into German Producer Flare Film


Newen has acquired a majority stake in the Berlin-based production company Flare Film, which produces across films, documentaries and series.

Flare Film launched in 2008 and established its series unit, Flare Entertainment, in 2020. It recently wrapped production on the series Paradiso for Sky.

Martin Heisler, the founder and owner of Flare Film, will continue to run the group while also retaining a significant stake.

Romain Bessi, managing director of Newen, said: “Newen continues its dynamic strategy of gathering the best European talent with the acquisition of Flare Film. This is an important step for the group because European ambition necessarily includes the German market, the most important one in Europe. We are looking forward to working with Martin Heisler and his teams, not only because they are talented but also because our common desires and values guarantee great ambitions. We will do everything to support them in creating and enhancing attractive content to viewers all around the world.”

Philippe Levasseur, head of international at Newen, said: “Flare Film is the ideal partner for Newen: a very creative team, eager to collaborate beyond its borders, ambitious in various genres. The development of scripted series with Newen started even before the signature of this acquisition because everyone in the group was waiting for this German partner, which is essential for our European deployment.”

Heisler, president and CEO of Flare Film, added: “The film and TV market has never been as exciting as it is right now and becoming part of the Newen family is an important step for us to play a bigger role in the German market as well as in international co-productions. At the same time, we will remain a trustworthy partner for the creative talents and all our collaborators and will continue to follow our vision: to produce exciting, high-quality and relevant content. We are proud that Newen put its trust in us to achieve these goals. Together we have a lot of plans!”

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