Jan S. Kaiser
Jan S. Kaiser has been Managing Director of Bavaria Fiction since the company’s foundation in 2007. Previously he was General Production Manager for Bavaria Film from 2002, and from 2004 to 2016 he was also Managing Director of Bavaria Pictures.
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.
Jan S. Kaiser studied economics at the universities of Mannheim and Stuttgart-Hohenheim with special focus on marketing, organization, sociology and HR. He completed his thesis, entitled "Transformations in Role and Function: from Film Producer to Media Manager" in 1992.
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.
For the last 10 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) and Dr. Klein (since 2014) have been made in Stuttgart. In addition to the large number of television movies, the company has also created many event specials including Kennedy’s Brain (2009) and Das Geheimnis der Hebamme (2015).
In 2014 Bavaria Fernsehproduktion took over the Bavaria Film subsidiary Colonia Media, 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 Bavaria Fernsehproduktion's portfolio, alongside the series Rentnercops and the new 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; its first major production, Das Boot, began filming in the summer of 2017.
The company was renamed Bavaria Fiction GmbH in October 2017.