Chairman of Executive Management
Michael Lehmann, a managing director and meanwhile chairman of executive management at Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe GmbH since January 2006, was also appointed to the position of managing director at the three operational subsidiary Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion in the summer of 2010.
He has been with the company since 1995. In 2001 Michael Lehmann was appointed to a capacity as authorised signatory with power of attorney and became a member of executive management. Two years later he assumed direction of the production sector “Reihen und Serien” for serials and series as executive producer together with Kerstin Ramcke. Prime-time series formats such as “Die Cleveren”, “Die Gerichtsmedizinerin” and “Die Anwälte” arose under his central co-ordination for RTL, a commercial broadcaster. The same applies for “Die 25. Stunde”, a teledrama series. Michael Lehmann produces the successful pre-prime-time series “Die Rettungsflieger” and “Notruf Hafenkante” for ZDF, a nationwide state broadcasting network, as well as “Deadline” and the romantic Christmas comedy “Engel sucht Liebe” (among others) for Sat.1, a commercial broadcaster. His more recent productions also include “Es ist nicht vorbei” (SWR and RBB regional state broadcasters) and “Stankowskis Millionen”, a comedy about trustees for the ZDF network.
Since mid-2009 he had already held a capacity as managing director at Agenda Media GmbH, an equity shareholding, bearing responsibility alongside Stefan Aust and Thorsten Pollfuss. Michael Lehmann now also functions in a capacity as managing director at Studio Berlin FilmProduktion, effective immediately.
Managing DirectorUpon concluding his studies at Filmhochschule Babelsberg, an institution of higher education for film, Andreas Knoblauch worked at Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, a state broadcaster in south-west Germany, before moving on to join the Studio Hamburg Group in 1989. In the meantime he has been active for the group for over 20 years. Andreas Knoblauch started off as location manager at the firm Multimedia GmbH, and later on was responsible for such productions as the series “Alphateam”, the feature film “Obsession”, the multiple award-winning docudrama “Todesspiel” and many other made-for-TV films in a capacity as production manager and line producer. He also stood at the helm of magazine feature shows and entertainment productions such as “Bitte lächeln”.
In 2000 Andreas Knoblauch became a managing director and line producer at Cinecentrum GmbH, a member company of the Studio Hamburg Group, where he handled and supervised the series “Soko Wismar” for the nationwide ZDF network, talk shows like “Beckmann” and “Anne Will”, as well as a diversity of documentaries and films made for TV.
In February 2010 Andreas Knoblauch changed positions to become managing director at the Studio Hamburg Produktion Group. He is also responsible for the subsidiaries and equity shareholdings Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion, DocLights, Nordfilm, Nordfilm Kiel and Riverside Entertainment in a capacity as managing director.
Günther Russ has been with the company as a line producer since 2004, has acted in a capacity as authorised signatory with power of attorney since 2005, and was appointed to the executive management at Studio Hamburg Produktion GmbH in October 2007. Following realignment of the business structure, Günther Russ became managing director at Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion in 2010. One year later he also assumed direction of executive management at Studio Berlin FilmProduktion together with Michael Lehmann.
As line producer he was in charge of made-for-TV productions such as “Deadline”, “Miss Texas”, “Wenn Liebe doch so einfach wär´”, “Beim nächsten Kind wird alles anders” and a number of others. He also handled and supervised the feature-film productions “Die Drei ??? - Das Geheimnis der Geisterinsel”, “Die Drei ??? - Das Geisterschloss”, “Die Rote Zora”, and currently “Nachtzug nach Lissabon”. A native of Berlin, Germany, before he came to Studio Hamburg he was active in a capacity as line producer at Trebitsch Produktion Holding under the direction of Professor Gyula Trebitsch and Katharina Trebitsch. Among other productions there, he implemented the serials “Bella Block” and “Commissario Brunetti”, the latter based on the novels by Donna Leon.
Günther Russ began his career in 1980 with work preparatory to the making of the feature film “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”. Since then he has borne responsibility for more than 60 national and international productions while fulfilling various positions. He has worked for producers such as Arthur Brauner, Horst Wendlandt and Luggi Waldleitner, to name only a few, for production firms such as Paramount and 20th Century Fox, again naming only a few, and under a number of directors, including Andrzej Wajda, John Schlesinger, Loriot/Vicco v. Bülow as well as many others.