For more than 15 years Bavaria Fiction GmbH has been producing a full range of fiction formats, from daily and weekly series to TV movies and lavish event productions.
Bavaria Fiction GmbH was founded in 2007 as Bavaria Fernsehproduktion GmbH. The company was formed following the transformation of Bavaria Film GmbH into a holding company and the separation of its production division into an independent subsidiary. That same year ZDF Studios became a stakeholder in Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, acquiring half of the available shares.
In 2014 Bavaria Fernsehproduktion took over the Bavaria Film subsidiary Colonia Media, which has continued to operate as the Cologne branch office. In 2016 a fourth location in Berlin was established. The company was renamed Bavaria Fiction GmbH in October 2017 and is headed by managing directors Marcus Ammon and Jan S. Kaiser.
Bavaria Fiction offers targeted training and further education opportunities and is committed to promoting young talent: a trainee programme for university graduates in the field of production focuses particularly on "learning on the job"; the traineeship as a "Production Accountant TV & Film" explicitly addresses career changers. In cooperation with ZDF and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Bavaria Fiction offers a dual study programme with a focus on "producing". The mentoring programme "Into the Wild" for young female filmmakers and the 1st-MOVIE programme of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München are also supported. In addition, the winners of the New German Cinema Award in the "Best Screenplay" category receive access to Bavaria Fiction's mentoring programme.
We care about sustainability. That's why Bavaria Fiction has been involved in the 'Green Shooting' working group from the very beginning. It was initiated by the Baden-Württemberg film commission MFG and has developed the minimum ecological standards for green production together with broadcasters, streamers and film commissions. Ten Bavaria Fiction projects have taken part in the '100 Green Productions' initiative. In addition, the company has been participating in the scientific evaluation for green productions of the Reallabor of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) since summer 2021.