Bavaria Film - Ideas set in motion.

Bavaria Film and its subsidiaries are an innovative and richly-positioned leader within Germany’s film and television branch with a pedigree stretching back 100 years. The core business revolves around the development, production and distribution of both dramatic as well as non-fiction genres across all platforms. Another arm of the company runs a renowned studio and office campus south of Munich.

Bavaria Film has an annual turnover of €305,6 million and employs around 1500 industry professionals. Corporate stakeholders and financial partners include WDR, SWR, BR and MDR, as well as through grants from the State Bank of Bavaria. Bavaria Film is a management holding firm divided into Content, Rights & Distribution, Studios & Services and Real Estate.

Business Units


Production divisions responsible for film, television and streaming content for public as well as private and corporate video production of branded entertainment, digital marketing and corporate events.



The series circles around the tomboy and Bavarian princess, who, after her marriage with Franz Joseph I., Emperor of Austria, has to realize that life at the Habsburg court in Vienna is not at all what she expected. The monarch must fight against the strict and even cruel regime at court and for her ideals. Empress Elisabeth, nicknamed Sisi, was a pop star and influencer of her time at the end of the 19th century, and an icon in Europe and beyond.

The RTL+-series is produced by Story House Pictures (Jens Freels and Andreas Gutzeit, who also serves as showrunner) in collaboration with Satel Film (Heinrich Ambrosch, Bettina Kuhn) and Beta Film.

© RTL+

Das Boot

The story of the high end series "Das Boot" begins in the fall of 1942, at a time when, in the midst of World War II, submarine warfare was becoming ever more brutal. The plot follows a young submarine Crew on a dangerous surveillance mission, as the Résistance begins to gain influence at the French port of La Rochelle.

Season 3 coming soon.

Produced by Bavaria Fiction and Sky Deutschland.

© Stephan Rabold / Bavaria Fiction


Eager to make his name in 19th-century Vienna, a hungry young Sigmund Freud joins a psychic and an inspector to solve a string of bloody mysteries. Award-winning director Marvin Kren ("4 Blocks") helms this historical thriller starring Robert Finster and Ella Rumpf.

Produced by Satel Film and Bavaria Fiction for ORF and Netflix.

© Jan Hromádko / Bavaria Fiction


Dignity – Escaping the cult was only the beginning

A tense political thriller, inspired by the real-life story of a German cult in Chile.

Directed by Julio Jorquera and Nancy Rivas. Produced by Invercine & Wood and Story House Productions.

© Joyn / Red Arrow Studio International

Storm of Love

"Storm of Love" is arguably the most watched European telenovela to date. Sold in over 25 territories (and counting), it has become a scheduling and ratings mainstay wherever it shows.

Produced by Bavaria Fiction for German broadcaster Das Erste.

© ARD / Christof Arnold

Dark Woods (Das Geheimnis des Totenwaldes)

Inspired by a true crime, unsolved for almost 30 years, the six-part show centers on a high-ranking police officer’s desperate search for his sister, and the family’s suffering. Starring Matthias Brandt (“Babylon Berlin”) and Karoline Schuch (“Balloon”), “Dark Woods” was directed by Sven Bohse (“Ku’damm ’56,” “Ku’damm ’59”) and written by International Emmy Award winner Stefan Kolditz (“Generation War”).

Produced by Bavaria Fiction and ConradFilm for NDR/ARD Degeto.

© ARD / Christiane Pausch

Hidden Identity (Das Programm)

What would it mean to give up your life, your love, your friends and your future and have to live in a foreign environment as a different person?

The Dreher family has to leave everything behind when Simon Dreher, a private banker, becomes a key witness in a money-laundering case against ruthless gangster Darankov ...

Directed by Till Endemann, starring Nina Kunzendorf, Benjamin Sadler and Stephanie Japp. Produced by ConradFilm and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion for ARD.

© ARD / Christiane Pausch

Vienna Crime Squad (SOKO Donau)

At the risk of their lives, the Vienna Crime Squad solves tough and tricky criminal cases such as murder, human smuggling or hostage-taking. Since the start of the series in 2005, the special commission's operational areas have been Vienna, Styria, Lower Austria and Upper Austria. Time and again, the Crime Squad also has to save lives on the water - where its own rules and laws apply.

Produced by Satel Film in co-operation with ORF and ZDF.

© ZDF / Petro Domenigg

Young Doctors (Die jungen Ärzte)

A popular, approachable and youthful hospital drama series with its fingers on the pulse of life. The young cast leaves no emotional stone unturned over the course of the series. The classic 50-minute plotlines employ genre-typical tension and connected narratives among the protagonists from episode to episode. Solid craft and modernized soap-style production grab the mainstream and promise a long-term fan base.

Produced by Saxonia Media for MDR/ARD.

© MDR / Jens Ulrich Koch


Confessions of Felix Krull

Since childhood, Felix Krull (Jannis Niewöhner / „Timeless“), a handsome young man of simple origins, has had an extraordinary ability to transform and adapt in order to get ahead. Taking a job as an elevator boy at a luxury hotel in Paris, he seizes every opportunity to improve his station. As Felix rises in ranks among the hotel staff, he captures the affections of the hotel’s guests. But, when he becomes entangled in the love affair between the Marquis de Venosta (David Kross / „The Reader“) and the seductive Zaza (Liv Lisa Fries / „Babylon Berlin"), he sees his greatest opportunity for advancement.

Director: Detlev Buck, Screenplay: Daniel Kehlmann, based on the novel by Thomas Mann

© Marco Nagel

Enfant Terrible

Oskar Roehler's latest film and homage to one of the most legendary and radical German Filmmakers – Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Produced by Bavaria Filmproduktion and X-Filme Creative Pool.

Festival Cannes 2020 – Official Selection

© Bavaria Filmproduktion / Ralf Jürgens

Rights & Distribution

Bavaria Media manages all copyright and intellectual property law for Bavaria Film and third-party affiliates. The department oversees the international acquisition and marketing of film and television rights. A special section of Bavaria Media plays a substantial publishing role in European film scores. The licensing arm is responsible for the popular character Janosch and brands like Playmobil and Emoji.


Content Distribution

Handles German language production and licensing as well as programming for Italy’s RAI and its affiliated catalogue. In addition, Bavaria Media holds movie and television rights for productions stretching back to the 60s.



Founded in 1983 and supported by solid national and international partnerships, Bavaria Sonor Licensing is one of Germany’s most respected licensing agencies: Playmobil, Masha and the Bear, Care Bears, Janosch, Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, BIG-Bobby Car, Panini and Emoji. The full-service agency offers partners the complete spectrum of rights and licensing services via premier contacts   in consumer goods and corporate commerce.



Bavaria Sonor Music Publishers holds extensive rights to national and international film and soundtrack composers. Bavaria Media runs its own independent label, sources top-tier partners and serves as a creative catalyst among directors, producers and composers.

For more information about Bavaria’s business unit "Rights and Distribution" please visit BAVARIA MEDIA.

Studios & Services

Houses the complete production capabilities and services of Bavaria Film and its subsidiaries. The 30 hectare complex south of Munich is home to 12 state-of-the-art film and television studios ranging between 50 and 3,150 square meters in size. Services include in- and outdoor sets, mobile broadcasting, set construction, props, wardrobe and postproduction.

Media Campus

Real Estate includes renting, leasing, construction and studio tours. German media firms like RTL II, Home Shopping Channel and HerbX Films are headquartered on the lot. Current upgrades to the century-old lot push leadership in digital television and film by leveraging collaboration, networking and merging units into critical mass.

Map of the Lot

Our lot in Munich/Geiselgasteig is approx. 30 hectares (74 acres) in size. Find your way around with the help of our digital map of the lot:

Digital Map

Green Production

Thanks to a climate-neutral energy supply at the Geiselgasteig media campus, Bavaria Film offers ideal conditions for green production.

Energy production on the lot is climate neutral as of 2013. Ideal for green production projects. On-site power is from renewable sources and heating is geothermal. The model is regenerative and sank the complex’ CO2 footprint by 98.5% since 2011.

Bavaria Film rigorously balances any remaining emissions through forest protection grants in Brazil’s Para.


ClimateID Tracking Bavaria Film


Bavaria Film GmbH is headquartered on the Bavaria Film studio lot in Geiselgasteig outside of Munich. Through its subsids and joint ventures, Bavaria Film Group is active at major media production locations in Germany and other European countries.



Bavaria Film GmbH
Bavariafilmplatz 7
D-82031 Geiselgasteig
Tel. +49 (0)89/6499-0
Fax +49 (0) 89/6499-2060

Corporate Communications & Marketing

Dr. Sebastian Feuß

Company Spokesman / Head of Communication
Bavaria Film GmbH
+ 49 (0) 89 - 64 99 – 3900

Tina Harnisch

Head of Marketing
Bavaria Film GmbH
+ 49 (0) 89 - 64 99 – 3905