As Managing Director Content, Marcus Ammon assumes responsibility for the content of all Bavaria Fiction’s productions and projects.
From 2009 to 2021, Marcus Ammon worked for Sky Deutschland in the content department, where he was responsible for the section Original Production. Fictional in-house productions such as ”Das Boot“, ”Babylon Berlin“, ”Pagan Peak“ and ”8 Tage“ were developed and produced under Ammon’s guidance. In addition to this role, he represented the European production unit Sky Studios in Germany and Austria. Previously Marcus Ammon was in charge of the development and expansion of the film and series channels at Sky.
Before joining Sky, Marcus Ammon was Managing Director at MGM Networks Deutschland GmbH between 2003 and 2009. Prior to that, he served as Program Director at Universal Studios Networks Germany GmbH and was responsible for program acquisition and planning for the channels 13th Street und Studio Universal. Marcus Ammon spent the first four years of his professional career at broadcasters ProSieben and Kabel 1.
Jan S. Kaiser
As Managing Director Production and Finance, Jan S. Kaiser is responsible for commercial and operational processes at Bavaria Fiction. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director of Bavaria Fiction in 2007, when the company was founded, Jan S. Kaiser had been an authorised signatory and Head of Production for Bavaria Film since 2002 and was also Managing Director of Bavaria Pictures from 2004 to 2016.
While studying, Jan S. Kaiser worked in the production of advertising, television and feature films. In 1992 he joined ndF (neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft) as an economist graduate, and from 1994 onwards he oversaw the creation of numerous TV series, TV movies and feature films in his capacity as Supervising Producer. In 1994 he was also appointed Managing Director of Crime TV GmbH. In 1999 he became Head of Production at ndF.
Jan S. Kaiser studied economics at the universities of Mannheim and Stuttgart-Hohenheim with special focus on marketing, organization, sociology and HR.
History of Bavaria Fiction
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 the ZDF Studios Group became a stakeholder in Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, acquiring 49% of the available shares. The company was renamed Bavaria Fiction GmbH in October 2017.
For more than ten years the company has been producing a full range of fiction formats, from daily and weekly series to TV movies and lavish event productions. The company's portfolio has been constantly extended since its formation - in addition to the numerous series launched by Bavaria Film, The Rosenheim Cops (since 2001), Storm of Love (since 2005) and the movie collections Tatort: München (since 1989) and Inga Lindström (since 2003), numerous episodes of Polizeiruf 110 (since 2008) have been produced by the company’s Munich-based department, while the series SOKO Stuttgart (since 2009) has been made in Stuttgart. In addition to the large number of television movies, the company has also created many event specials including Dark Woods (2020).
In 2014 the Bavaria Film subsidiary Colonia Media was taken over, which has continued to operate as the company’s Cologne department. As a result productions of the long-running series Tatort from Cologne, Münster and Dortmund are now well established movies of the company's portfolio, alongside the series Rentnercops and the crime series Dengler (both since 2014).
Since 2016 the company has also operated from a fourth location in Berlin. 2016 also saw the creation of a separate department for international series which has produced high end series such as Das Boot, Arctic Circle and Freud.