The skilled exec will exit ZDF after 20 years to affix the German manufacturing home on October 1 as Worldwide Producer.
Gebrueder Beetz is understood for docs reminiscent of Sky’s Juan Carlos – Downfall of the King and Netflix’s first German doc-series Excellent Crime and is taken into account as one in every of mainland Europe’s prime factual producers.
Pieper, who has a repute as an professional on the worldwide doc market, led quite a few ZDF/Arte’s editorial departments, specifically its Tradition and Science, Thema and, most not too long ago Information/Arte models. Throughout his time at ZDF, he labored with Gebrueder Beetz on Armenian Academy Award entry Aurora’s Dawn and docs Gaza and The Land of the Enlightened, each of which have been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize on the Sundance Movie Competition.
Pieper will lead worldwide co-production actions in his new function and search to make the corporate’s content material extra worldwide. His worldwide doc productions embody Why Democracy, Why Slavery and Why Plastic, which have been a part of human rights journalism initiative The Why and Technology Africa, which instructed tales of migration from the attitude of younger Africans and was made in collaboration with native African writers and administrators. He’ll report back to Producer and Managing Director Christian Beetz.
Pieper has labored with doc makers reminiscent of Eugene Jarecki (Reagan, The Home I Stay In), Alex Gibney (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence within the Home of God), Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (The Most Harmful Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers), Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Towards the World), Janus Metz (Camp Armadillo), Christian Frei (The Big Buddhas, House Vacationers, Genesis 2.0) and Sam Hobkinson (Misha and the Wolves).
Amongst his native credit are Grimme Award-winning ZDF/ARTE collection Into the Night time With…/Durch Die Nacht Mit.
“With Martin Pieper, we’re gaining an skilled worldwide producer whose dedication to high-quality productions suits completely with our content material focus,” stated Gebrueder Beetz co-founder Beetz. “He has a wonderful worldwide community and can play a big function in furthering our internationalization and our deal with producing related documentaries with a world perspective for a world viewers.”
Gebrueder Beetz has made round 250 doc collection and options since its creation in 2000, reminiscent of he 2013 Academy Award-nominated Open Coronary heart and The Cleaners, which debuted on the Sundance Worldwide Movie Competition in 2018 and gained a number of awards. On the TV aspect, it has produced reveals reminiscent of Reeperbahn — Particular Unit 65, a ARD Mediathek present that was awarded finest docu-series on the Berlinale Sequence fest final 12 months.
Nearly a 12 months in the past, we revealed increasing Germany-based manufacturing group Leonine Studios had acquired the enterprise, taking 50% of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion & Co. KG (Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne) and 100% of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion Lüneburg. The deal led to the creation of a deep improvement fund that may permit them to make between 12-15 premium doc collection and/or one-offs per 12 months. “It’s an enormous step, going from a household enterprise to a consolidated enterprise,” Beetz instructed Deadline on the time.
We additionally had the first report on the company’s new doc projects The Netanyahu Paradox and Misplaced at Sea – The Longest Night time, the latter of which is a collaboration with Lucy, the Human Chimp director Alex Parkinson.
Pieper stated: “I’ve recognized Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion since its basis and have lengthy been in a position to comply with their fixed battle for viewers, the seek for revolutionary types of storytelling and the visible implementation to make advanced matters thrilling and comprehensible. They’ve thus change into a reference internationally. Because the ‘Godfather’ says: ‘A proposal you possibly can’t refuse.’”