Execution will develop non-fictional formats, along with the studio’s production companies, to adopt international formats for the German market. German film and TV studio Leonin has made a major executive appointment, placing Constantine Entertainment’s former name Sebastian Heinlein in its SEO Entertainment division as head of development and creative director. He takes over the new position on 1 April 2021.
In addition to his role at SEO Entertainment, Heinlein will work in the creation and development of non-fiction, entertainment, and show formats for other Leonin-owned production companies, and adapt international formats for the German-speaking market. He will report to Ginaad Oster, managing director of SEO Entertainment, and Nina Etspuller, head of the entertainment development department at Leon Studios.
A veteran non-fiction producer, Heinlein’s credits include executive producing the hit entertainment show Catch! For the German network Sat.1, and the late-night show Circus Halligalli for Pro-7, both winners of the Grimm Prize, Germany’s equivalent of Amy.
“With SEO Entertainment and Sebastian Henlein
, we have made a perfect start to sustainable development in the non-fiction production sector,” Leonine CEO Fred Kogel said in a statement.
In January, Leonin acquired Munich-based SEO Entertainment. The company is known for its light-entertainment and non-fiction formats, including the standup comedy series Your Life, is a Joke on Netflix, and the documentary series Feuer und Flame.
The fast-growing leonine has quickly become a major European player in independent production organizations in 2019, with the support of its owners, New York investment firm KKR, including Tele Muchen Group, indie film distributor Universum, Dark Producer Wideman & Berg Huh. And production groups i & u TV, Odeon, and SEO Entertainment.