European production and distribution group Newen Studios is expanding its German footprint with the majority acquisition of Gryphon producer Dog Haus and the launch of Spark Studios to bundle its German activities.

Spark Studios will be headed by Martin Heisler and Eva Kemme as CEOs. Both founded Flare Film, which Newen acquired in 2021.

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Newen Studios has a major acquisition of Dog Haus

Launched in July 2021, Dog Haus is a fiction production company based in Berlin and Munich.

It is behind the big budget Amazon Prime series The Gryphon with W&B.

Its founders - producer André Zoch, scriptwriter Erol Yesilkaya, and director Sebastian Marka - have written and produced numerous crime dramas such as Tatort for the German public broadcaster ARD and the Exit for ARD.

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They described Dog Haus as “a production label for creatives who aspire to tell exceptional stories. We aim to consistently produce television, multimedia, cinematic films and series with the highest artistic standards and thematic relevance. Dog Haus stands for ‘elevated genre’, consciously positioned between arthouse and suspenseful entertainment.”

Martin Heisler, CEO of Spark Studios “We are delighted that Sebastian, Erol, and André have decided to become part of the Newen/Spark family. We want to work with exceptional talents on exciting projects and, as part of a strong European Producers Network, help them to turn their visions for outstanding films and series into a reality.”

Newen Studios, a subsidiary of France’s TF1 Group, houses over 50 production companies and labels in Europe, America and Canada.

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