Koch Films acquires Spotfilm Networx
Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2021
Spotfilm Networx GmbH, Germany's largest ad-supported multichannel network, is now part of Koch Films GmbH. The company from Munich has acquired all shares of the Berlin-based AVOD provider, following an agreement with the shareholders.
In order to meet the rapidly growing and constantly developing AVOD market, the acquisition offers new opportunities and a variety of possibilities. These primarily include the international utilization of digital film rights, knowledge and technology transfer, and synergy effects in content acquisition.
"We are very pleased to welcome the team of Spotfilm Networx GmbH. With this acquisition, we underline our commitment to Digital Entertainment while continuing to expand our film business. We value Spotfilm as a dynamic company with an excellent position in a segment that is important to us"
- Jochen Walter, Managing Director of Koch Films
In 2010, Netzkino Services UG and its legal successor Spotfilm Networx GmbH (established in 2018) were founded by Berlin entrepreneur Dr. Peter von Ondarza as part of the Trias Media Group. As of today, it comprises 18 full-time employees and 8 interns. With its 20 brand channels, Spotfilm Networx has been successfully established in the video-on-demand (AVOD) market for 10 years now. With its channel Netzkino, the Berlin-based company contributes one of the most popular ad-supported streaming platforms. With 7 million users and around 15 million film viewings, Netzkino is already the largest feature film channel in German-speaking countries. Koch Films is buying into that expertise to further expand its potential in the growing AVOD market.
"We are very pleased about the fusion of our two companies. The collaboration of the last years was characterized by trust and a close co-operation. The corporate realignment of Spotfilm Networx has been the logical decision. With the Koch Films Group, we have a strong partner that will give Spotfilm's expansion a strong boost. Together we are conquering a promising market and will thus continue to shape the future of AVOD. Therefore, the entire Spotfilm team is looking forward to the new partnership with great excitement."
- Hauk Markus, CEO of Spotfilm Networx GmbH
The acquisition represents a major step towards the digital future for both companies. Spotfilm Networx will continue to operate under its current name, but as part of the Koch Films Group. With the finalization of this acquisition, both companies reinforce their ambitions for a successful 2022.
Information about Spotfilm Networx:
Spotfilm Networx GmbH is the largest ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) provider for feature films in German-speaking countries. With 20 million film views per month, the platform represents a modern and innovative free TV. Over 50 licensor agreements, and numerous strong cooperations, have contributed to the Berlin-based streaming company in successfully making a name for itself in the AVOD market. Among the most famous brands is the popular channel Netzkino, which is the largest feature film channel in the German-speaking region, with over 3,000 films and around 1.29 million subscribers on YouTube. Until December 2021, Spotfilm Networx GmbH was part of the Trias Media Group, whose owner is the Berlin entrepreneur Dr. Peter von Ondarza. You can find more information about Spotfilm Networx by clicking on this link.
Information about Koch Films & Koch Media:
Koch Films is an independent film distributor and home entertainment sales company. Since its founding as the Film Division of Koch Media Holding in 2003, Koch Films has made a reputation as a renowned independent label. In addition to ambitious arthouse titles such as the current winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes, TITANE, the 4-time OSCAR® winner PARASITE or LADY MACBETH, there are also commercial films such as BRAHMS - THE BOY II, LATTE IGEL UND DER MAGISCHE WASSERSTEIN, BRIMSTONE, THE BOY, KISS THE COOK or SWISS ARMY MAN as well as documentaries like the 2-time OSCAR®-nominated RBG - EIN LEBEN FÜR DIE GERECHTIGKEIT in the portfolio.
Koch Films covers the entire distribution chain, from cinema to DVD/Blu-ray and VOD to TV. Each film is considered individually and provided with a specific marketing strategy. This has enabled the company to build a loyal fan base across genres - for horror, mystery, action, drama, thriller, sci-fi, comedy as well as entertainment for the whole family. The company also provides distribution work for other independents.
Koch Films, headquartered in Planegg near Munich, is a member of the Koch Media Group, which has been in existence since 1994. The group is a leading marketer of games, films and software products and maintains offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, France, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, the Czech Republic, as well as subsidiaries in the USA and Australia. Since February 2018, Koch Media is part of the listed, Swedish Embracer Group.
Contact for press inquiries:
CEO Spotfilm Networx
Tel: +49 30 9599 915 31
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