|BRAINPOOL TV GmbH
|Seat||Cologne , Germany|
|Number of employees||230 (2015)|
|sales||EUR 89 million (2012)|
The Brainpool TV GmbH , based in Cologne is a TV film production company for light entertainment in Germany and, through its various investments in the areas of TV production , live concerts and festivals , artist management , production services , marketing and rights management active and young talent.
The Brainpool TV GmbH was founded on November 28, 1994 by Jörg Grabosch , Martin Keß and Ralf Günther and from January 1995 produced the RTL night show with Thomas Koschwitz . Further productions followed, mostly for the stations Sat.1 , ProSieben and RTL . Up until the IPO on November 23, 1999 on the Neuer Markt , Brainpool became a partner in several other media companies . In November 2001 the 100 percent takeover by VIVA Media GmbH (at that time VIVA Media AG) became known and in July 2002 the share trading was stopped. Through the takeover of VIVA by the MTV parent company Viacom in 2004, Brainpool belonged to Viacom until December 31, 2006. Since January 1, 2007, Brainpool was independent again. As part of a management buyout , Grabosch and Günther bought back the production company they had founded with the help of private investors. In addition to them, Stefan Raab and Andreas Scheuermann each held a stake of 25 percent. On July 2, 2009, the company announced that the French TV production company Banijay Entertainment was acquiring a 50 percent stake in Brainpool. Banijay Entertainment was founded in 2008 by Stéphane Courbit , ex-boss of the French Endemol subsidiary. Grabosch, Günter, Scheuermann and Raab reduced their stake from 25 percent each to just 12.5 percent each. In December 2011, Brainpool announced a crowdfunding project to finance the first feature film for the TV series Stromberg . For this purpose, the company wanted to collect one million euros by March 2012 and achieved this goal in just one week. In 2011 the company generated sales of 65 million euros and a surplus of almost 13 million euros. In the same year, the Raab TV subsidiary signed a five-year contract worth 185 million euros with ProSieben / Sat1. In June 2015, Brainpool announced a dismissal of 80 employees at the end of 2015 due to Raab's announced withdrawal from the television industry. However, the Cologne labor court regarded some dismissals as unjustified and thus declared ineffective. In March 2018 it was announced that Stefan Raab had sold his remaining 12.5% to the French television producer Banijay. The latter thus held 62.5% of Brainpool and thus the majority of the shares. Banijay then wanted to recall the co-partners Jörg Grabosch and Andreas Scheuermann from the management, who defended themselves against this in court and wanted to prohibit the sale of the Raab shares to Banijay. In August 2018, the Cologne Regional Court ruled that Raab may not sell his shares in the Cologne-based production company Brainpool, but the combined majority of Stefan Raab and Banijay is sufficient to remove the two managing directors. The two managing directors were immediately replaced by Peter Langenberg from Banijay. At the beginning of 2019 it was announced that Banijay Germany CEO and shareholder Marcus Wolter was appointed as the new managing director. In June 2020, Banijay took over the rest of the shares
On March 13, 2020, Brainpool announced that due to the Corona crisis, all Brainpool show productions will take place without an audience until further notice. The measure was lifted in July 2020.
Brainpool operates a video-on-demand platform under MySpass.de , on which the company makes many of its productions available for viewing free of charge. The offer is financed through video advertising, as is customary on the video platform YouTube, on which they are also represented.
The platform was first activated in 2008 in a public test version.
Participations and subsidiaries (selection)
- Mea Culpa Media Verwertungsgesellschaft mbH (100%)
- Mea Culpa TV-Production (100%)
- Cologne Comedy Festival GmbH (66.83% on December 31, 2008, 51% since April 2000)
- Brainpool Live Entertainment GmbH (80% on December 31, 2008, 74.9% since August 2007) (until February 2008 D'nA Productions GmbH)
- Brainpool Artist & Content Services GmbH (100%) (until July 2007 e-tv Produktions- und Vermarktungsgesellschaft mbH)
- Stefan Raabs Raab TV-Produktion GmbH (100% on December 31, 2008, 50% since November 1998)
- Elton's John TV-Verwertung GmbH (until July 2017: Elton TV Produktions GmbH ) (via Raab TV-Produktion GmbH: 66.67% since September 2003)
- Anke Engelkes Ladykracher TV-Produktion GmbH (50% since July 1999)
- Luke Mockridges Lucky Pics GmbH (50% since December 2017)
Previous holdings (selection)
- Bastian Pastewkas Glennford Pictures TV Productions GmbH (50% since July 2000)
- Aleksandra Bechtels Hasen TV-Produktion GmbH (50% November 2001 to November 2008), company expired
- Oliver Pochers Pocher TV GmbH (via Raab TV-Produktion GmbH: 50% September 2003 to December 2005, 66.67% January 2006 to August 2009, 100% August 2009 to July 2012, merger with Raab TV)
- Axel Steins Stein TV-Produktion GmbH (50% October 2003 to November 2015, 100% November 2015 to June 2016, merger with Brainpool TV)
- Sarah Kuttners Kuttner TV GmbH (50% September 2005 to July 2010, 100% July 2010 to March 2013, merger with Brainpool TV)
- Absolute majority
- All against one
- Old & crazy
- Anke Late Night
- Big Performance - Who is the star in the star?
- Bundesvision Song Contest
- Cindy from Marzahn and the young wild ones
- The thing of the year
- Thanks Anke!
- The big ProSieben celebrity boxing
- The big Sat.1 celebrity boxes
- The Bachelor
- The German Comedy Prize
- The 10 …
- The Harald Schmidt Show (until July 1998, from then on Bonito )
- The Ingo Appelt Show
- Oops! - The breakdown show
- The RTL Comedy Week
- The sketch show
- The weekly show
- Elton vs. Simon
- Elton travels
- Free European Song Contest
- Merry Christmas
- Headis Team World Cup
- Wonderfully honest - do you know your child
- no idea?
- Knop's late night show
- Kuttner. (formerly: Sarah Kuttner - The Show)
- Lady cracker
- Love sin
- Luke, home alone
- Hatch! The great night show
- Hatch! The school and me
- Hatch! The week and me
- My new friend
- Markus man
- Millionaire election
- ProSieben Fight Night
- Rent a Pocher
- RTL Promiboxes
- Rütter is enough!
- Beat the rabbit
- beat the celebrity
- Hit the Henssler
- Beat the best
- Schmitz come out!
- Sketch mix
- TV total
- Really funny!
- Funny is funny
- the German preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest
- Atze Schröder - The Live Crown Jewels
- Bülent Ceylan Live!
- Carolin Kebekus live! - Pussy terror
- Carolin Kebeku's PussyTerror TV
- Cindy from Marzahn - Schizophrenia: I wanted to be a princess and not every prince comes on a horse
- Dieter Nuhr live - Nuhr at its finest
- Eckart von Hirschhausen live! - Happiness rarely comes alone ...
- Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and 2012
- Ingo Appelt live - you have to beat men
- Kaya Yanar live! - Made in Germany
- Mario Barth - men are pigs
- Olaf Schubert Live!
- Oliver Pocher - It's my life
- Stefan Raab live!
- Banijay has Grabosch and Scheuermann recalled . In: quota meter . August 23, 2018 ( quotenmeter.de [accessed October 23, 2018]).
- Raab withdrawal: Brainpool fires 80 employees . June 23, 2015. Accessed June 25, 2015.
- Annual financial statements for the financial year from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012
- Brainpool: Business Areas . September 19, 2010, accessed September 19, 2010 .
- History of the company on the official website , accessed on August 5, 2007.
- List of new issues on November 23, 1999 at www1.deutsche-boerse.com ( memento of February 19, 2003 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on August 5, 2007
- Viva takes over Brainpool in Der Tagesspiegel of November 7, 2001
- Press release management buy-out at BRAINPOOL from December 20, 2006.
- joint venture between BRAINPOOL and banijay entertainment in brainpool press release on 2 July of 2009.
- With 50 percent: French producer joins Brainpool on DWDL from July 2, 2009
- "Stromberg" instigates a revolution in film financing ( memento from January 7, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
- "Stromberg - The Film": It is coming! - Fans invest 1 million in worldwide record time in Brainpool press release from December 22, 2011.
- Hans-Peter Siebenhaar : Do TV presenters earn too much? In: Handelsblatt . No. 169 , September 4, 2013, ISSN 0017-7296 , p. 24 .
- Terminations repealed - court beats Raab . November 20, 2015. Accessed December 17, 2015.
- Stefan Raab leaves the production company Brainpool. In: Handelsblatt . Handelsblatt Media Group , March 1, 2018, accessed on April 24, 2018 .
- Stefan Raab's Brainpool sale goes to court . FAZ Blog Medienwirtschaft, May 30, 2018
- Stefan Raab loses in court - and has to keep his company . In: moviepilot.de . August 24, 2018 ( moviepilot.de [accessed August 28, 2018]).
- Marcus Wolter is the new managing director of Brainpool at dwdl.de
- Peter Steinkirchner: OTS: BRAINPOOL TV GmbH / Banijay Germany takes over 100 percent of ... June 28, 2020, accessed on June 29, 2020 .
- BRAINPOOL / Because of Corona Virus / March / 2020 / Press / Home. Retrieved March 20, 2020 .
- DWDL de GmbH: Brainpool produces another mask advice show. Retrieved July 16, 2020 .
- MySpass app for iPhone and Android brings TV Total and Co. to smartphones . May 19, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- Producer starts trial version - "Stromberg" free of charge: Brainpool starts myspass.de . In: DWDL.de . March 17, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- John TV-Verwertung GmbH, Cologne , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Annual financial statements for the financial year from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 Raab TV ( Memento from March 11, 2018 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Luke Mockridge and BRAINPOOL found "LUCKY PICS" , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Hasen TV-Produktion GmbH , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Annual financial statements for the business year from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 Brainpool TV ( Memento from March 11, 2018 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Pocher TV GmbH , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Annual financial statements for the financial year from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 Raab TV ( Memento from March 11, 2018 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Stein TV-Produktion GmbH , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Kuttner TV GmbH , accessed on March 10, 2018.
- Annual financial statements for the financial year from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 Brainpool TV ( Memento from March 11, 2018 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on March 10, 2018.