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Chronik der Studio Hamburg Gruppe

2014
In order to improve transparency, in the future, Studio Berlin Adlershof will be split into two companies: Studio Berlin Adlershof (SBA), with interior and non-fictional post production and Studio Berlin Broadcast (SBB) with exterior broadcasting and programme management.

On July 1st, Johannes Zuell will chair the Studio Hamburg board, assited by Holding Managing Director, Dr. Kurt Bellmann.

The Hamburg Housing Association (Der Wohnungsverein Hamburg von 1902 eG) and the Hamburg Teachers Building Society (Hamburger Lehrer-Baugenossenschaft) acquired a roughly 10.000 square metre plot of land on the Studio Hamburg grounds. Here, 150 publicly funded apartments for lower and middle-income tenants are to be built. Construction is to begin in 2015.

The Studio Hamburg workshops will no longer be longer known as Studio Hamburg MCI, but Studio Hamburg Atelier. Joern Denneborg remains head of the workshops and Andreas Walter remains managing director of Studio Hamburg Atelier.

2013
Dr. Kurt Bellmann and Andrea Bruns, managing director of NDR Media, will manage Studio Hamburg on an interim basis.

Chairman of Studio Hamburg Management, Professor Carl Bergengruen, is leaving Studio Hamburg, in order to manage MFG Medien und Filmgesellschaft in Baden-Wuerttemberg. 

Holding CEO, Dr Robin Houcken, is leaving Studio Hamburg of his own accord, to take on new tasks.

Studio Hamburg re-launches Atelier 3 (Studio 3) for virtual studio productions. Commercial and fiction producers benefit mainly from this. The 1000 square-metre, so-called A3, is 69 metres long and has an 8-metre tall, u-shaped trench. This makes the white, permanent studio background the biggest trench in Germany.

2012
Dr. Kurt Bellmann joins the management at Studio Hamburg GmbH. Among other things, he assumed responsibility for the finance department.
Dr. Robin Houcken becomes the management vice chairman.

2011
After 31 years Dr. Martin Willich withdraws from executive management. Prof. Carl Bergengruen becomes new chairman of executive management.

2010
Studio Hamburg and Pinewood Studios announce a Joint Venture to encourage more International feature film production in Germany. The newly created “Pinewood Studio Berlin Film Services” will allow filmmakers to benefit from Studio Hamburg’s production and studio services in Berlin Adlershof and Hamburg, as well as from Pinewood Studios’ extensive experience gained by being at the forefront of the creative industries for nearly 75 years. 

2009
Completion of the second large-area studio H in Berlin Adlershof. SBA is technical service provider for the regional broadcasting networks RTL Nord, Sat. 1 Norddeutschland, Hamburg 1 and TV Berlin. 

2008
The limited-liability company Berlin-Brandenburg Media GmbH is renamed Studio Hamburg Berlin Brandenburg GmbH and receives dual headquarters in Berlin and Hamburg. The 30 per cent stake in the TVN GROUP is sold. The mobile broadcasting vans from the Studio Berlin fleet are on assignment once again at the European Soccer Championship 2008 and, as was the case at the World Cup, are commissioned with broadcasting the Finals. 

2007
The know-how for series produced on an ‘industrialised’ scale by the Studio Hamburg Group is being clustered at MULTIMEDIA, now renamed Studio Hamburg Serienwerft GmbH. The subsidiary of this ‘series production forge’ based in Lüneburg, Germany produces the telenovela “Rote Rosen” for the ARD network. A Sunday talk show starring Anne Will is produced in Berlin-Adlershof. 

2006
Studio Berlin broadcasts 11 matches in the soccer World Cup worldwide from Germany. Commencement of operation of Ü6, an HDTV mobile broadcasting van. 

2005
Hamburg studio operations are restructured: The firms Postproduction GmbH and Filmtechnik GmbH are spun off from Atelierbetriebs GmbH, all studio and technology operations in Hamburg and Berlin are put under the control of unified management. 

2004
Acquisition of all shares in Fernsehzentrum Babelsberg, a televsion centre in Potsdam. The regional show “17:30 Sat.1 Regional” for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein from Sat.1 North Germany moves to the studio lot. 

2003
“die medienakademie”, a private school for media, opens its gates on the grounds of Studio Hamburg. Studio Hamburg takes over all shares in the firms CINECENTRUM and MULTIMEDIA. 

2002
Commencement of operation of Ü5, a digital mobile broadcasting van. Studio Hamburg builds up its equity shareholding in POLYPHON Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft mbH to 90 per cent. 

2000
Modernisation of the workshops and construction of Atelier 1 on the Studio Hamburg lot. The corporate group’s mobile broadcasting van activities are clustered within the subsidiary Studio Berlin Mobil GmbH (SBM). Additional pieces of property are purchased in Berlin-Adlershof, renovation of the 8-storey office building is begun, and Studio G, a large-area studio, is put into operation. 

1999
Sat.1 relocates its sports programme to Berlin. Premiere relocates its Pay-TV offer to Munich. Studio Hamburg produces the soccer Champions League for TM3 in Hamburg. Axel Springer Verlag, a publishing company, acquires a stake in Studio Hamburg Produktion. 

1998
Purchase of the 6-part studio complex and adjacent grounds in Berlin-Adlershof. MCI is responsible for the technical setup and installation of the new Sat.1 studio complex in Berlin. 

1997
A holding structure is created by spinning off the studio division from Studio Hamburg Atelier GmbH: The company is renamed Studio Hamburg GmbH. It takes on the tasks of a corporate group holding company while studio operations are set forth in the newly founded Studio Hamburg Atelierbetriebs GmbH. The “Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis”, a prize towards promoting up-and-coming talent in German film, is awarded for the first time. 

1996
Together with the firm DREFA, MCI creates Media & Communication Systems GmbH (MCS), a limited-liability company which provides technical stewardship for the state broadcasting administration centre of MDR in Erfurt, a Central German broadcaster, and for Kinderkanal, a channel for children. 

1995
Completion of new construction and renovation activities (House G, film canteen, parking garage) in Tonndorf. Founding of the Fernsehzentrum Babelsberg, a television centre, together with Studio Babelsberg GmbH, a limited-liability film production company, and Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg, an East German broadcaster. 

1994
Premiere moves into the new broadcasting centre on the grounds and relocates its corporate headquarters to Studio Hamburg. 

1993
Founding of the subsidiary Studio Berlin in Berlin-Adlershof. RTL Nord airs its 3 North German regional programmes from a new broadcasting studio using digital technology. For the first time in Germany, 3 shows are broadcast live simultaneously from one studio. 

1992
Spin-off of the dubbing department: Studio Hamburg Synchron GmbH, a limited-liability company, is subsequently among the most renowned German operations for synchronisation and dubbing. In Studio M, Sat.1 goes on air with the soccer show “ran”.

1990
Premiere moves into office space on the studio grounds and makes use of the technical facilities at Studio Hamburg. 

1989
RTL concentrates its North German regional productions at Studio Hamburg. Among others, over the following years Sat.1, RTL 2, Premiere and TM3 also utilise the studios. Studio Hamburg assumes a 30 per cent stake in the TVN Hannover Group. 

1988
Spin-off of the production department into the limited-liability company Studio Hamburg Produktion für Film & Fernsehen GmbH, today’s Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe GmbH. The company is one of the most successful German producers of TV series. Studio Hamburg produces for all of the well-known German broadcasting networks. 

1987
Inauguration of House N, the new corner edifice at which the entire stationary video technology on the studio lot is going to be concentrated. 

1986
The division Scenery and Equipment (today’s MCI Workshops) creates stage scenery for the most well-known German musicals and is responsible for the artistically designed interior furnishings at museums, media centres, event venues and restaurant operations. 

1985
Commencement of extensive construction activities towards modernising the studio lot, inter alia installation of a ring mains system for optical fibre cabling. Equity shareholding in the MULTIMEDIA production group. 

1984
Reorganisation of the management structure: Dr Martin Willich becomes chairman of executive management. 

1980
Gyula Trebitsch withdraws from executive management. The company is renamed Studio Hamburg Atelier GmbH. Purchase of the buildings occupied and technology held by NDR to date, and an increase of share capital to DM 43.6m. 

1977
Founding of Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH, a limited-liability consulting subsidiary. Over subsequent years MCI evolves into one of the largest German system houses for the planning and furnishing of television and radio studios. 

1971
Takeover of all shares in the company by NWF, which is now sole shareholder of Studio Hamburg. 

1965
POLYPHON Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft mbH, a limited-liability production company for film and TV, is founded together with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. In the ensuing period POLYPHON produces many successful television series. 

1960
Renaming of Real-Film Atelierbetriebsgesellschaft mbH to Studio Hamburg Atelierbetriebsgesellschaft mbH. 

1960
The company takes over the entire studio complex from Real-Film GmbH. 

1959
Gyula Trebitsch founds Real-Film Atelierbetriebsgesellschaft mbH, a limited-liability film production company, together with NWF, an advertising subsidiary of Norddeutscher Rundfunk, a North German state broadcaster. 

1948
Beginning of the establishment of an own studio operation facility in Hamburg-Tonndorf. Over the next years more than 60 artistically and commercially successful German films and diverse cultural and documentary films are produced. 

1947
Founding of Real-Film GmbH, a limited-liability film production company.