Wiedemann & Berg Film Production

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Wiedemann & Berg Film / W&B Television
IndustryFilm & television
Founded2003 / 2010
FounderQuirin Berg & Max Wiedemann
HeadquartersMunich, Germany

Wiedemann & Berg Film is a German film production company founded by Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann in 2003. The company's first movie The Lives of Others[1] won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007.[2]


In 2003, while still studying at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (The University of Television and Film Munich), Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann founded Wiedemann & Berg Film.[3] W&B Television followed in 2010. Since January 2020, both companies are part of the newly founded studio Leonine. Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann are shareholders and founding members of the studio and, as Leonine Holding's managing directors and chief production officers, lead the group's entire fiction production.[4]

Their first big feature film, the directing debut of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others, received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, followed by Never Look Away, which was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2019.[5] Other cinematic hits include Baran bo Odar's hacking thriller Who am I or Simon Verhoeven's comedy Welcome to Germany, which, with over 3 million theatergoers, was the most successful German film in 2016.[6] Nightlife, which opened in theaters on February 13, 2020, marked the fifth collaboration with Simon Verhoeven.[7]

Next to traditional production formats for free-TV or linear television, Wiedemann & Berg has also positioned itself as the first German company within the new market of pay television and video on demand. In 2012, the first German self-produced pay TV show was created for TNT Serie,[8] followed by 4 Blocks.[9] Wiedemann & Berg also produced Dark, the first German Netflix Original[10] and Pagan Peak, one of the first originals for Sky Deutschland.[11] Tribes of Europa is yet another big series that's being produced for Netflix.[12]

Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann are members of Deutsche Filmakademie,[13] British Film Academy[14] as well as European Film Academy.[15]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Wiedemann & Berg Film and Wiedemann & Berg Television's producers and productions have received an Academy Award,[2] Auszeichnung der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen (Award of the German Academy for TV),[16] BAFTA,[17] Bayerischer Fernsehpreis (Bavarian TV Award),[18] Bayerischer Filmpreis (Bavarian Film Award),[19] César,[20] European Film Award,[21] Hollywood Reporter Award,[22] Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German TV Award),[23] Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Award),[24] Fernsehfilmpreis der Deutschen Akademie der Darstellenden Künste (TV Film Award of the German Academy of Performing Arts),[25] Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera),[26] Grimme-Preis (Grimme Award),[27] LA Critics Award,[28] Magnolia Award,[29] Rockie Award,[30] Romy[31] and Golden Globe.


  1. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (2012-01-06). "Wiedemann, Berg take risk with 'Others'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  2. ^ a b "Nominees & Winners for the 79th Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". 2011-08-06. Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  3. ^ "Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg • Producers". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. ^ White, Peter (2019-11-15). "Endemol Shine Sells 'Dark' & '4 Blocks' Producer Wiedemann & Berg Television To KKR-Backed Leonine". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  5. ^ "Oscars 2019: Winners in full". BBC News. 2019-02-25. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  6. ^ "The German Film Scene 2016 - Annual Report German Films" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ ""Nightlife"-Macher: Quirin Berg & Simon Verhoeven über Freundschaft". bild.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  8. ^ SPIEGEL, Stefan Niggemeier, DER (19 September 2012). ""Add a Friend": Erste Serie in Eigenproduktion von Pay-TV-Sender TNT - DER SPIEGEL - Kultur". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2017-09-25). "Amazon Secures Global Rights to German Gangster Drama '4 Blocks'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  11. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2019-01-25). "Sky Takes German Drama 'Pagan Peak,' From Producers of 'Dark,' to U.K." Variety. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  12. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Drehstart für deutsche Netflix-Serie "Tribes of Europa"". DWDL.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  13. ^ "Mitglieder". Deutsche Filmakademie (in German). Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  14. ^ "Current members of the Academy". www.bafta.org. 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  15. ^ "European Film Academy : Members". www.europeanfilmacademy.org. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  16. ^ "Blickpunkt:Film | News | "Deutsche Emmys": "4 Blocks" räumt alles ab". www.mediabiz.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  17. ^ "2008 Film Film Not in the English Language | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  18. ^ "Der Blaue Panther – 27. Bayerischer Fernsehpreis: Bekanntgabe der Preisträger | Bayerisches Landesportal" (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  19. ^ Rundfunk, Bayerischer (2019-01-25). "Bayerischer Filmpreis: Freude über vier Auszeichnungen für BR-Kinokoproduktionen" (in German). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  20. ^ "'Les Miserables' Wins Best Film at Cesar Awards, Polanski Takes Best Director". The Hollywood Reporter. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  21. ^ "European Film Academy : European Film Awards Winners 2006". www.europeanfilmacademy.org. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  22. ^ "THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AWARD". FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  23. ^ "Deutscher Fernsehpreis: "Preis der Freiheit" und "Eine harte Tour" mehrfach erfolgreich". beta.blickpunktfilm.de. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  24. ^ "Das Leben der Anderen • Deutscher Filmpreis". Deutscher Filmpreis (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  25. ^ "FernsehfilmFestival Baden-Baden | Fernsehfilmpreis 2016". www.fernsehfilmfestival.de. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  26. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Goldene Kamera für "Der Pass" und "Aufbruch in die Freiheit"". DWDL.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  27. ^ "Der Pass (Wiedemann & Berg/epo-Film für Sky)". www.grimme-preis.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  28. ^ www.adam-makes-websites.com, Adam Jones-. "Awards for 2006 - LAFCA". www.lafca.net. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  29. ^ ""Tannbach" in Shanghai ausgezeichnet". beta.blickpunktfilm.de. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  30. ^ "Rockie Award für "Tannbach - Schicksal eines Dorfes"". beta.blickpunktfilm.de. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  31. ^ "Akademie-Romys: Deutsche Produktionen räumen ab". beta.blickpunktfilm.de. Retrieved 2020-07-07.

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