SL Group acquires Media Services GmbH
In the course of its strategic realignment and internationalization, the ARRI Group is divesting its postproduction business, which is predominantly focused on the German market, as well as its film distribution business. These Media Services GmbH bundled activities have been sold, with immediate effect, to the SL Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (SL Equity Investment Company) of Dr. Stefan Laucher.
The company headquarters will remain at Tuerkenstrasse 89, 80799 in Munich, Germany. Markus Zeiler has handed the role of management over to Josef Reidinger. Previously known as ARRI Media International, the film distribution business will continue to be called The Playmaker Munich.
“With the new owner, the postproduction business and film distribution have found a solid foundation. Our primary goal has always been to create a sustainable, positive perspective for all customers, the company, and the employees. We are confident that Media Services GmbH is in good hands,” explains ARRI Executive Board member Markus Zeiler and “thanks the entire Media team for their great motivation, outstanding successes, and the many fond memories.”
Dr. Stefan Laucher, Managing Partner of the SL Equity Investment Company, adds: “The company has an excellent reputation and an outstanding position in the German market. This is thanks to the dedicated and talented employees of Media Services GmbH. Together with my team, I look forward to working with them and to our future together.”
“Also in this new constellation, long-standing and future customers can rely on high quality and service orientation with their projects,” emphasizes Josef Reidinger, Managing Director of Media Services GmbH and Managing Director of ARRI Media GmbH since 2011. He continues: “With our highly specialized, experienced teams, state-of-the-art technology, scalable processes, and stable financial base, we are confident that we can continue to operate successfully together with our customers in the current positive market environment.”
The operational business of Media Services GmbH will continue to run seamlessly with the existing team of experts. All services already agreed upon or discussed will be provided in full. Customers will continue to benefit from the full spectrum of creative and technical services related to film production at the highest level.