Jan S. Kaiser
Jan S. Kaiser has been Managing Director of Bavaria Fiction since the company’s foundation in 2007. Under his tenure, Bavaria Fiction has grown steadily in the area of commissioned productions as well as in the creation of high-end event programming and acclaimed international coproductions. He has also been the catalyst for insightful and forward-thinking deals such as the exclusive partnership with multi-platform entertainment company Wattpad for German-speaking territories.
While still a student, 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 General Production Manager at ndF, before joining Bavaria Film in 2002 as General Production Manager. From 2004 to 2016 Jan S. Kaiser was also Managing Director of Bavaria Pictures.
Jan S. Kaiser studied economics at the universities of Mannheim and Stuttgart-Hohenheim with special focus on marketing, organization, sociology and HR.
Manfred Haus-Pflüger was appointed Managing Director of Bavaria Fiction in 2017.
Prior to joining Bavaria Fiction, Manfred Haus-Pflüger had been associated with ZDF for more than 30 years, ultimately as Head of Production Management in the Program Department, responsible for ZDFneo and fiction productions.
Manfred Haus-Pflüger studied German Studies and Political Science and lives with his family in Mainz.
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 ZDF Enterprises GmbH 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.