|Constantin Film AG
|Seat||Munich , Germany|
|management||Martin Moszkowicz , CEO|
|Number of employees||829|
|sales||€ 267 million|
|As of December 31, 2017|
The Constantin Film AG is a film company based in Munich , both as film distribution as a film production company operates. Today the company is a subsidiary of the Swiss Highlight Communications AG and the most successful independent manufacturer and evaluator of productions in Germany. The business activity is based on the five pillars of cinema production / acquisition of rights, TV production, theatrical distribution, home entertainment and license trading / TV exploitation.
Constantin Film AG has released 36 of the 100 most successful German films of the last 20 years, four of them from the top 5 of the best list: The Manitou's Shoe (11.7 million moviegoers), (T) raumschiff Surprise - period 1 (9 million moviegoers), Fack Ju Göhte (7.3 million moviegoers) and Fack Ju Göhte 2 (7.7 million moviegoers). The Fack Ju Göhte trilogy was brought to a close in 2017 with Fack Ju Göhte 3 (6 million moviegoers) and is now the most successful German film series of all time. Constantin Film has made a name for itself internationally with the Resident Evil blockbusters, among other things . The six-movie franchise grossed a total of $ 1.2 billion at box office, making it the most successful video game-based series in the world.
In the area of television, entertainment and digital media, Constantin Television, founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of Constantin Film AG, bundles the development and manufacture of all national and international productions of the group of companies that are not intended for theatrical release.
The Constantin Film Distribution GmbH on 1 April 1950 by the German film Kaufmann Waldfried Barthel and the Danish film businessman Preben Philipsen founded in Frankfurt. The name was chosen in honor of Philipsen's father Constantin Philipsen , who also worked as a film salesman. After five years as chairman, Philipsen left the company in 1955. Consul Waldfried Barthel was supported in the management of the company from 1955 to 1960 by his wife Ingeborg as managing director. From 1959 to 1963, the deputy managing director and head of production, Gerhard F. Hummel , exercised an important influence in the company, which had been based in Munich since 1957. In 1963 Manfred Barthel, who was not related to Waldfried Barthel, took over the Constantin production.
On December 21, 1964, the company was renamed “Constantin Film GmbH”. On July 1, 1965, Consul Barthel sold sixty percent to the Bertelsmann group. He appointed Herbert Schmidt as additional managing director alongside Manfred Barthel. Because of the looming cinema crisis, Bertelsmann sold its stake in late 1970. Barthel bought everything back and ran into financial difficulties as a result. In 1975 he initially sold fifty percent and in 1976 the rest to the Hagen company administrator Hellmuth Gierse. In October 1977, his managing director Karl-Heinz Böllinghaus had to file for bankruptcy for the company “Constantin Film GmbH” at the local court in Munich.
In the 1950s, the "old" Constantin mainly loaned productions by United Artists as well as various entertainment films. In the 1960s her name became a household name through the Edgar Wallace films and Karl May films .
In 1978, film producer Bernd Eichinger bought a large part of the bankruptcy estate of Constantin Film and in 1979 became a partner and managing director of the company now known as "Neue Constantin Film GmbH". In 1983 a film production company was attached to the film distribution . From 1986 the Kirch Group was also involved in the company. In 1992, Kirch took over the majority of the Austrian subsidiary. In 2002 it gave its share to the previous minority owner - an Austrian private foundation that has since controlled Constantin Austria , Austria's largest cinema operator and major film distributor. In the course of the change of name to "Constantin Film AG", the film company went public in 1999. Eichinger played a key role in the company's new success, he was managing director from 1979 until the IPO in 1999, chairman of the board from 1999 to 2001, chairman of the supervisory board from the beginning of 2003 to mid-2006 and then deputy chairman of the supervisory board until his death on January 24, 2011.
In May 2002 the Swiss Highlight Communications AG, a media holding company headed by Bernhard Burgener , acquired around 23 percent of Constantin Film. By purchasing additional shares in Constantin's share capital, Highlight Holding became the largest single shareholder with around 41 percent and made a takeover offer to the other shareholders in mid-2003, which increased the stake to 58 percent by the end of 2003. In January 2006 Highlight also took over the block of shares that was owned by Bernd Eichinger and has since held a 90 percent stake in Constantin Film.
On April 21, 2009, a 100 percent takeover by Highlight Communications AG was resolved at the annual general meeting in the course of a so-called squeeze-out , whereby the last available shareholders were compensated by Highlight Communication. With effect from October 7, 2009, the shares were no longer listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange .
Bernhard Burgener has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantin Film since January 2014, and Martin Moszkowicz was appointed Chairman of the Management Board at the same time . Moszkowicz has been part of the company's management since 1990 - initially as a producer and managing director and, since going public in 1999, as a member of the board, most recently in the area of film and television. To date, he has worked on over 300 feature film productions and countless television films as a producer, co-producer or executive producer. In addition to corporate management and strategy, Moszkowicz is also responsible for the areas of film production, world sales, film purchasing, marketing & press, corporate communications and law.
Since January 1, 2017, producer Oliver Berben has been a member of the Management Board of Constantin Film AG and is responsible for the newly created management board division TV, entertainment and digital media, which bundles the development and production of all national and international productions of the company for which no theatrical release is planned. In 1996, Berben founded MOOVIE GmbH, which has been a subsidiary of Constantin Film AG since 1999, and also took over the production department on the management board of Constantin Film Produktion GmbH. Even after his appointment to the Management Board of Constantin Film, Berben continues to work as a producer.
The company's own productions include:
- Give gas - I want fun (1982, director: Wolfgang Büld )
- The Neverending Story (1984, Director: Wolfgang Petersen )
- The Name of the Rose (1985, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud )
- Brooklyn's Final Exit (1990, directed by Uli Edel )
- The Haunted House (1993, directed by Bille August )
- The Moving Man (1994, directed by Sönke Wortmann )
- The Sams: The Movie (2001, directed by Ben Verbong )
- Manitou's Shoe (2001, directed by Michael "Bully" Herbig )
- Resident Evil (2002, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2003, directed by Alexander Witt )
- Wrong Turn (2003, directed by Rob Schmidt)
- Downfall (2004, director: Oliver Hirschbiegel )
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006, directed by Tom Tykwer )
- Resident Evil: Extinction (2007, directed by Russell Mulcahy )
- Why men don't listen and women don't park well (2007, director: Leander Haußmann )
- The Wave (2008, directed by Dennis Gansel )
- The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008, Director: Uli Edel )
- Dinosaurs - You Look Old Against Us! (2009, director: Leander Haußmann )
- The Popess (2009, directed by Sönke Wortmann )
- Times change you (2010, director: Uli Edel )
- Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- We're the Night (2010, directed by Dennis Gansel )
- Conference of Animals (2010, directed by Holger Tappe , Reinhard Klooss )
- When Santa Claus fell from the sky (2011, director: Oliver Dieckmann)
- The Three Musketeers (2011, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- Five Friends (2012, directed by Mike Marzuk )
- Cheerful to Cloudy (2012, Director: Marco Petry )
- Resident Evil: Retribution (2012, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- Five Friends 2 (2013, directed by Mike Marzuk )
- Ostwind (2013, director: Katja von Garnier )
- Dampfnudelblues (2013, directed by Ed Herzog )
- There's still something going on (2013, director: Holger Haase )
- Chronicles of the Underworld - City of Bones (2013, Director: Harald Zwart )
- Fack ju Göhte (2013, directed by Bora Drachtkin )
- Five Friends 3 (2014, directed by Mike Marzuk )
- Pompeii (2014, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- Tarzan (2014, director: Reinhard Klooss )
- All inclusive (2014, director: Doris Dörrie )
- Herrenhort (2014, director: Franziska Meyer Price )
- Winter potato dumplings (2014, directed by Ed Herzog )
- Love, Rosie - Forever Maybe (2014, Director: Christian Ditter )
- Ms. Müller has to go! (2015, director: Sönke Wortmann )
- Five Friends 4 (2015, directed by Mike Marzuk )
- Ostwind 2 (2015, director: Katja von Garnier )
- Launch drive (2015, director: Tim Trachte )
- Fack ju Göhte 2 (2015, directed by Bora Drachtkin )
- He's Back (2015, directed by David Wnendt )
- Brother before Luder (2015, directors: Tomas Erhart , Heiko Lochmann , Roman Lochmann )
- Good to birds (2016, director: Mira Thiel )
- Pig's head al dente (2016, directed by Ed Herzog )
- Crazy About Fixi (2016, directed by Mike Marzuk )
- Terror - Your Judgment (2016, Director: Lars Kraume )
- Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017, directed by Paul WS Anderson )
- Timm Thaler or laughter sold (2017, director: Andreas Dresen )
- Youth without God (2017, director: Alain Gsponer )
- Tiger Girl (2017, director: Jakob Lass )
- Axolotl Overkill (2017, director: Helene Hegemann )
- Ostwind 3: Departure to Ora (2017, director: Katja von Garnier )
- Grießnockerlaffäre (2017, directed by Ed Herzog )
- Tiger Milk (2017, director: Ute Wieland )
- Only God Can Judge Me (2017, Director: Özgur Yildirim )
- Puberty (2017, director: Leander Haußmann )
- That Stupid Heart (2017, directed by Marc Rothemund )
- Fack ju Göhte 3 (2017, directed by Bora Drachtkin )
- Five Friends and the Valley of the Dinosaurs (2018, Director: Mike Marzuk )
- Fuck off, Snow White! (2018, director: Cüneyt Kaya )
- Sauerkrautkoma (2018, directed by Ed Herzog )
- Asphalt Gorillas (2018, director: Detlev Buck )
- The First Name (2018) (Director: Sönke Wortmann )
- Polar (2019) (2019, directed by Jonas Åkerlund )
- Ostwind - Ari's arrival (2019, director: Theresa von Eltz )
- Cherry blossoms & demons (2019, director: Doris Dörrie )
- The Collini Case (film) (2019, director: Marco Kreuzpaintner )
- The Silence (2019, directed by John R. Leonetti )
- The three exclamation marks (2019, director: Viviane Andereggen )
- Leberkäsjunkie (2019, director: Ed Herzog )
- A very hot number 2.0 (2019, director: Rainer Kaufmann )
- The Perfect Secret (2019, directed by Bora Drachtkin )
- Bernhard Burgener new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantin Film AG | Martin Moszkowicz new CEO of Constantin Film AG | Fred Kogel remains a consultant to Constantin Film AG for the topics of TV products and license trading. Constantin Film, January 8, 2014, accessed January 10, 2014 .
- Constantin Film AG - Annual financial statements for the financial year from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. May 24, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017 .
- Constantin Film is again a double "industry tiger". Retrieved January 21, 2019 .
- InsideKino: Box Office Germany. Retrieved January 21, 2019 .
- 'Resident Evil' Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script. In: Deadline. May 22, 2017, accessed January 21, 2019 .
- Oliver Berben changes to the Constantin Film management team. Retrieved January 21, 2019 .
- Written in the Wind Der Spiegel, 46/1977
- Constantin Film squeeze-out registered , finanzen.net, article from October 7, 2009
- Constantin Film AG. Retrieved January 21, 2019 .