The establishment of MOOVIE, formerly known as MOOVIE – the art of entertainment. Founded by Oliver Berben and Carlo Rola, the original premises is located at 44 Potsdamer Str. in the suburb Berlin-Lichterfelde. Some of the first productions include the television films “Code Red – Die Sieben Feuer des Todes” and the RTL movie “Der stille Herr Genardy”.
Development and production of in-house material. The Saturday evening thriller series “Rosa Roth” is born.
In addition to RTL and ZDF, the TV Channel SAT.1 is also secured as a contractor for future film productions. The first ZDF-commissioned film from the detective series “Der Solist” is broadcast.
Relocation to the new and current inner-city 500m² premises on Lützowufer 12. Preparations for the feature film “Sass” commence, with Carlo Rola directing.
MOOVIE merges with Constantin Film AG in September and the shares are quoted on the stock exchange for the first time. (CFA WKN : 580080) ”
The cinema film “Sass – Die Meisterdiebe” goes into production. Oliver Berben makes his debut as a director with “Das Teufelsweib” for the TV station SAT.1. Drawing 5.2 million viewers and therefore achieving a market share of 18%, this film delivers the best ratings for the television station throughout the year.
The most intensive year in terms of production activity for the company. Ten productions are generated including two episodes each of “Rosa Roth” and “Der Solist” as well as the TV movies “Dienstreise”, “Wer liebt, hat Recht”, “Fahr zur Hölle, Schwester” and “Betty – schön wie der Tod”. The feature film “Sass” debuts in cinemas nationwide.
The first two-part TV film event for RTL, “Die schöne Braut in Schwarz” originates, as does MOOVIE’s first sitcom “Bewegte Männer”, which proved to be so successful that three seasons have been shot and aired in the meantime and international interest in the film rights has been awakened. Furthermore, the development and production of ten more films from the “Rosa Roth” detective series are agreed upon in co-operation with the television station ZDF.
Yet another TV movie event is generated for SAT.1: the two-parter “Schöne Witwen küssen besser”. Two of the contracted films from “Rosa Roth” are shot and the second season of the sitcom “Bewegte Männer” is developed and filmed. The two-part documentary “Und jetzt, Israel?”,presented by Iris Berben, is completed in autumn for the TV channel ZDF. Oliver Berben, in co-operation with Constantin Film AG, produces the feature film “Autobahnraser”.
Apart from producing two films from the “Rosa Roth” series, MOOVIE also produces the ZDF-commissioned, three-part feature film: “Die Patriarchin”.
“21 Liebesbriefe” with its main character Franziska Luginsland sets the scene for a new ZDF-series. “Autobahnraser” debuts in German cinemas. Numerous future projects are also announced in terms of TV movies, series and mini-series.
The three-part ZDF-film “Der Tag wird kommen” from the series “Rosa Roth” is produced, which is transmitted the following year. The third season of “Bewegte Männer” is conceptualised and filmed for SAT.1. “Silberhochzeit” is also filmed during this time, a moving film based on Elke Heidenreich’s short story. Furthermore, the literary adaption of “Elementarteilchen” goes into production as a feature film for MOOVIE’s parent company Constantin.
The second and third episodes from the ZDF-series Franziska Luginsland go into production at the beginning of the year, with “Mord in aller Unschuld” and “Franziskas Gespür für Männer” being filmed. “Elementarteilchen” receives the Silberner Bär Award for Moritz Bleibtreu’s acting prowess at the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) and debuts in cinemas nationwide in February. The three-part TV event “Afrika, mon amour” is filmed for the ZDF during the summer and autumn. Finally, the “Tatort” production “A gmahde Wiesn” is MOOVIE’s first work for the Bayerische Rundfunk channel. The development of the crime series “Kommissar Süden” based on Friedrich Arni’s novels takes place with Ulrich Noethen cast in the main role. Numerous other series and films are being developed and are just short of reaching production maturity. Oliver Berben also produces two feature films for Constantin Film AG: “Warum Frauen nicht einparken und Männer nicht zuhören können” and the German Armed Forces comedy “Kein Bund fürs Leben”.
The year begins with a rating attainment in January, as over 26 million viewers tune in to watch “Afrika, mon amour”, the three-part series directed by Carlo Rola. With the modern adaption of two novels from Friedrich Arni’s crime thriller series “Kommissar Süden – Das Geheimnis der Königin” and “Kommissar Süden und der Luftgitarrist” are the first two installments in the Kommissar Süden series for the ZDF, the former being directed by Martin Enlen, the latter by Dominik Graf. Director Carlo Rola films the Johannes Mario Simmel novels “Und Jimmy ging zum Regenbogen” and “Gott schützt die Liebenden” based on the screenplays by Jürgen Büscher and Günter Schütter respectively. Nina Grosse directs another part of the Franziska Luginsland series: “Liebe und andere Gefahren”. Furthermore, the shooting of yet another very successful “Rosa Roth” film begins, the episode being “Der Fall des Jochen B.”
The filming of two new “Rosa Roth” movies is successfully completed by April: “Der Fall des Jochen B.” and “Das Mädchen aus Sumy”. The former is based on a teleplay by Eckard Theophil, the latter represents the debut “Rosa Roth” screenplay for author and director Nina Grosse. Following that, the focus is primarily on the preparation and production of the three-part TV event “Krupp – Eine deutsche Familie”. Again the highly acclaimed Carlo Rola directs, on location in Austria. Various television and cinema projects are being worked on simultaneously at different stages of the filmmaking process. The sitcom “Ich und Er” is developed for Pro7, “Ladylike” based on the novel by Ingrid Noll and adapted by Gerlinde Wolf, starring Gisela Schneeberger and Monica Bleibtreu, is shot in October, with Vaness Jopp directing. In October “Der verlorene Sohn” is shot in Hamburg and Hannover, with Nina Grosse directing. This controversial production for the NDR focuses on the topic of terrorism and is based on Fred Breinersdorfer’s screenplay. Developed in collaboration with the comedian Mario Barth, Oliver Berben also produces the Constantin feature film “Männersache”, with Gernot Roll directing. Oliver Berben co-produces the Constantin movie “Die Päpstin” a.k.a. “Pope Joan” for Constantin, working with the renowned director Sönke Wortmann, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
“Klimawechsel” is the new mini-series for the ZDF television station. Entailing six parts, each of which is 45 minutes in duration, acclaimed actors and actresses such as Andrea Sawatzki, Ulrike Kriener and Juliane Köhler are directed by the highly-acclaimed Doris Dörrie, Gloria Behrens and Vanessa Jopp. Carlo Rola films another famous Johannes Mario Simmel novel, “Liebe ist nur ein Wort”, starring Vinzenz Kiefer, Nadeshda Brennicke and Miroslav Nemec. “Meine verrückte Familie” is the working title of the film adaption “Mein Sohn hat ein Sexleben und ich lese meiner Mutter Rotkäppchen vor”. Directed by Christiane Balthasar, starring Iris Berben, this film is shot during the autumn in Berlin and Brandenburg. It is released as “Meine Familie bringt mich um”. Carlo Rola creates an edge-of-your-seat thriller for MOOVIE and the NDR channel: “Vergiss’ nie, dass ich dich liebe” stars Dennenesch Zoudé and Bart Johnson in the main roles and is filmed in impressive locations throughout the U.S.A. As of November, two further episodes of the popular series “Rosa Roth” are being filmed simultaneously: “Notwehr” (in Austria, based on Nina Grosse’s screenplay) and “Das Angebot des Tages (also in Austria, screenplay by Thorsten Wettcke). The successful trio Carlo Rola, Iris Berben and Thomas Thieme are involved as usual.
Commissioned by the Bayerische Rundfunk MOOVIE produces a “Tatort” episode filmed in Munich. In “Die Heilige von St. Adelheim”, the Commissioners Ivo Batic, played by Miroslav Nemec, and Franz Leitmayr, played by Udo Wachtveitl, investigate an intriguing crime. Jobst C. Oetzmann is an experienced “Tatort” director, having received numerous awards for his directing and screenplays also beyond “Tatort” productions. Hollywood legend Hardy Krüger Snr. stars in “Familiengeheimnisse – Liebe, Schuld & Tod” which is shot in Berlin, Istanbul and Kenia. This 150-minute film is created for the ZDF, with Carlo Rola directing. “Liebesjahre” is shot in the vicinity of Osnabrück, featuring stars such as Iris Berben, Nina Kunzendorf, Peter Simonischek und Axel Milberg. Matti Geschonneck directs this relationship drama which receives the Goldene Kamera Award for Best Film of 2011 as well as the Grimme Preis for Best Fictional Work. Produced for the ZDF and directed by Carlo Rola “Niemand ist eine Insel” is the fourth production in the re-adaption of the Simmel novel series. This melodrama allows Iris Berben to show many facets of her acting prowess. She is superbly supported by Henning Baum and Stefanie Stappenbeck. Another two films from the “Rosa Roth” series are also produced this year. Carlo Rola directs the famous “Rosa Roth” duo Iris Berben and Thomas Thieme. “Bin ich tot?” is based on Daniel Douglas Wissmann’s script and “Trauma” is realized based on Thorsten Wettcke’s teleplay.
The shooting of “Die Löwin” takes place in South Africa under the auspices of Stefanie Sycholt, who also wrote the script. Bernhard Schir, Ulrike Kriener and Gottfried John stand alongside Silke Bodenbender and Kai Schumann in this ZDF-commissioned production. The cast and crew are assisted on location during filming by the South African behavioural scientist and animal trainer Kevin Richardson. Iris Berben stars and Melika Foroutan co-stars in the ZDF-commissioned film “Die Kronzeugin – Mord in den Bergen” directed by Christiane Balthasar. “Verbrechen” goes into filming, starring the highly-acclaimed Josef Bierbichler. This six-part mini-series, based on the bestseller of the same name by Ferdinand von Schirach, is shot in and around Berlin. The first three installments are directed by Jobst Christian Oetzmann, who is also responsible for the scripts: “Notwehr”, “Tanatas Teeschale” and “Der Igel”. Episodes four to six are directed by Hannu Salonen: “Grün”, “Fähner” and “Summertime”. The teleplays for “Grün” and “Summertime” were written by Nina Grosse, “Fähner” was written by André Georgi.
“Die Löwin” airs in January, with over 4.3 million viewers tuning in.
“Liebesjahre” receives the Goldene Kamera Award for most popular TV film of 2011 and obtains the Grimme Preis for Best Fictional Film.
“Ferdinand von Schirach VERBRECHEN” goes into post-production and is expected to air in the first half of 2013. A special screening of the first three episodes takes place at the Munich Film Festival in June. A sneek peek is available here:
An Oliver Berben cinema production for Constantin is launched at the beginning of the year: “Blutzbrüdaz”, based on the script by Nicholas Schofield and Jan Ehlert, opens nationwide in January and enjoys a placing in the top cinema rankings for several weeks.
“Rosa Roth – Trauma” is broadcast at the end of March, with over 5.6 million viewers, thus capturing an amazing 18% of the German television market.
The filming of the grand saga “Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga” begins, with Rodica Döhnert writing the script and Sarah Kirkegaard producing. Uli Edel, famed for Elementarteilchen and “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex”, directs this historical family saga spanning over 4 generations of the Hotel Adlon founders and their descendants. This promises to be an epic German television event of unprecedented proportions.