‘Helgoland 513’ Pair Team With Banijay To Launch Dynamic Ally Pictures

Banijay Germany has taken another step into the scripted market by launching a joint venture with the executive producers behind Helgoland 513.

Founded and led by Veronica Priefer and Johannes Kunkel, Berlin-based Dynamic Ally Pictures will look to develop, package, produce and distribute scripted content for the German and international markets.

Priefer and Kunkel are best known for Sky Deutschland’s dystopian drama series, Helgoland 513, which premiered this year. The pair first collaborated in 2017 on UFA Fiction titles such as RTL+’s The King of Palma, while Kunkel also produced Netflix Germany comedy Betonrausch, which topped the streamer’s local chart.

Marcus Wolter, CEO and co-founder Banijay Germany said: “Veronica and Johannes have an impressive instinct for capturing the zeitgeist through powerful returning scripted series. We’re proud to invest in the future of these two creative minds who are known for their hands-on approach, and we warmly welcome them to Banijay Germany, as we continue our efforts in diversifying and expanding our content offering.” 

Priefer and Kunkel added in a statement: “Banijay Germany and Marcus Wolter embody the entrepreneurial flair and inspiration we’ve been seeking in a partner. The company’s optimism and undeniable creative vision, paired with a pragmatic approach, immediately fascinated us. We’re excited to embark on new projects for creatives and clients across the local and international market, and welcome the support of the wider group’s distribution operation.”

Dynamic Ally joins Banijay Germany’s production portfolio, which includes Nanni Erben and Gunnar Juncken’s scripted label MadeFor Productions, which is behind hits such as long-running series Tatort, LGBTQIA+ love story Loving Her and Then You Run, produced in association with UK label Kudos for Sky.

Founded in 2018 by former Endemol Shine Germany boss Wolter and Banijay, Banijay Germany produces shows such as Reality Camp (known locally as Battle of the Reality Stars), Celebrity Big BrotherKitchen ImpossibleThe Masked SingerHöhle der Löwen, Schlag den Star and My Local, Your Local.

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