Source: Toronto International Film Festival


Christiane Goldberg has been appointed senior vice president of sales at Leonine, the German indie media group founded by New York-based investment firm KKR and producer Fred Kogel in April.

Effective today (October 1), Goldberg will head license sales for the group and will report directly to CEO Kogel, who holds overall responsibility for Leonine Licensing.

Goldberg joins from ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, where she oversaw acquisitions of feature films and series as senior vice president of group content acquisitions and sales. Since 2016, she had also been in charge of license sales for the TV group in German-speaking Europe, having begun her career at ProSieben in 1999 as a programme planner.

The recently-named group was created by the merger of distributors Tele München Group and Universum Film, and production companies i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film. The holding company will have three divisions; Leonine Production, Leonine Distribution and Leonine Licensing.

The licensing division handles more than 7,000 titles, making it one of the largest libraries on the German market.

The group recently acquired German and Austrian rights to Lorene Scafaria’s breakout hit Hustlers, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as former strippers who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

It marked the third major acquisition for the German group following Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out and Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi Moonfall.