Sky Studios has announced its collaboration with writer-director Philipp Leinemann, one of Germany’s most celebrated film-makers. The deal will see Leinemann write, develop and direct German and international Sky Originals for the company.
Sky Studios CEO Gary Davies commented: “This is great news for Sky Studios’ ambitions in Germany. Phillip is a top-level talent with the creativity and work ethic that is a perfect fit for us. We have been following Phillip’s work for many years and it’s great that he is now part of Sky Studios’ vision.”
Marcus Ammon, Director Original Productions Sky Deutschland, added: “I have been following Philipp’s artistic work since I saw his film When We Were Kings. In television and film he proves two things, an unmistakable gift for story-telling and a visual power in his cinematic realisation. We look forward to a close collaboration.”
Leinemann said: “Film is the perfect medium to tell a story. Everything flows together; theatre, literature and music, and allows me to be heard. It’s like a letter that becomes a dialogue with the audience, the people who take the time to watch my films. Sky is now offering me the opportunity to tell bold and ambitious stories and to develop freely. It reminds me why I came into film-making in the first place and I have a great sense of excitement and joy. I am grateful to Sky for this opportunity and look forward to working with them.”
Leinemann won a number of awards for his debut film Wir waren Könige and has since produced many successful television dramas such as two Polizeiruf, the GDR drama Der letzte Genosse and the thriller Die Informantin. His six-part series Tempel is currently being re-made for the US market.
He also wrote the screenplay for his latest theatrical movie called Das Ende der Wahrheit (The End of Truth).