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More comedy power: Bavaria Fiction and GERDA FILM to co-operate

Thu, 1. Sep 2022
Foto: Kai Schulz

Munich - Bavaria Fiction and GERDA FILM, the company run by Chris Geletneky and Benjamin Seikel, will be working more closely together with immediate effect. Chris Geletneky, head writer and creative producer of comedy formats such as "Ladykracher", "Pastewka" and "ZDF Sketch History" and Peter Güde, author of "Vorsicht vor Leuten", "Falk" and "Deutsch-Les-Landes", as well as executive producer of the series "Mord mit Aussicht" and "Grumpy Old Cops", will jointly develop comedy material for films and series. The overall responsibility for the projects lies with Bavaria Fiction; executive producers are Peter Güde for Bavaria Fiction and Benjamin Seikel for GERDA FILM.

Chris Geletneky, Head Writer and Creative Producer, GERDA FILM: "GERDA FILM is a small creative unit that depends on large creative partners for the realisation of its materials. With Bavaria Fiction we have now found the perfect complement to our company concept. I am very much looking forward to working closely with Peter and Marcus in the future to produce unusual, exciting and funny material for a broad audience!"

Peter Güde, Executive Producer and Author, Bavaria Fiction: "Previously, Chris' and my paths have crossed over again and again, so I am very happy that we are finally now walking together for the first time."

Marcus Ammon, Managing Director Content, Bavaria Fiction: "We see the great demand from broadcasters and streamers for comedy formats in all shapes and forms, consequently we are further expanding our field of comedy together with Peter. The cooperation with GERDA FILM is a big step on our content roadmap. Chris and I have known each other for a long time, I have a high personal regard for Chris and love his sense of comedy. Furthermore, I am looking forward to the first joint projects of our new comedy power duo Peter and Chris."


GERDA FILM GmbH is a joint production company of B | 14 FILM GmbH from Hamburg and the author and creative producer Chris Geletneky. The focus of the company, which was founded in 2019, is on fictional comedy cinema formats as well as high end series, which are created under the lead of Chris Geletneky and Benjamin Seikel.

B | 14 FILM GmbH (Benjamin Seikel and Vanessa Nöcker), produces documentaries, series and serial formats for TV and cinema. With a team of writers and directors, with DOPs and editors who have many years of experience with journalistic, fictional and creative formats, they develop their own film and format ideas, offer directing, conception and production at the highest technical standard – mainly for the international market, public television and also for the big screen. Among other projects, Seikel was the executive producer for the feature films "Night Train to Lisbon", "Searching for Ingmar Bergman", "4 Kings" and "My Brother Simple", Nöcker for TV documentaries such as "Paolo Conte" (ARTE), "Du sollst Leben!", "Wieder vereint" (ZDF) and "Traumflug durch Afrika" (ARD). Together they were most recently responsible for "Boris Becker: Der Spieler" (ARD/Netflix), "Peter Lindbergh – Women's Stories" and their current international documentary "Schumacher" about the life of racing driver Michael Schumacher.

Chris Geletneky, born in 1972, moved to Cologne to work as a TV writer after successfully interrupting his studies in theatre, film and television in Leipzig and Berlin. He becomes the creator, head writer and creative producer of award-winning TV formats such as "Ladykracher", "Pastewka", "Wolfgang & Anneliese", "Kinder, Kinder" and "Sketch History". In 2014 he wrote the successful comedy "Einmal Hallig und zurück" with Anke Engelke and Charly Hübner for ARD, in 2016 he published his first novel "Midlife Cowboy" and in 2019 he wrote the play 'Krank?!' together with Moritz Netenjakob. In 2022 his first feature film "Die Geschichte der Menschheit – leicht gekürzt!" was released. He plays in the Cologne band "BeerBitches" together with comedian Carolin Kebekus.