One of Germany’s most successful TV production companies in the comedy and entertainment space, Brainpool was founded in 1994 by Jörg Grabosch, Martin Keß and Ralf Günther, top German media executives specialising in entertainment and comedy production, and talent management.
Brainpool has close relationships with many German stars, such as Stefan Raab, Anke Engelke and Bastian Pastewka. TV total, Beat the Star, Our Star for Oslo, Eurovision Song Contest 2011, Pastewka, Lady Cracker, Stromberg, Dr. Psycho and Merry Christmas! are just a few examples of the hugely successful Brainpool productions that have received multiple national awards. They are among the longest running and most popular in the country, as well as being successful international formats produced in dozens of countries.
Brainpool has a strong digital agenda and is behind MySpass.de, a digital comedy portal featuring a wealth of new and back catalogue content, while in the last year the company has delved into feature film production with the crowd-funding big screen version of Stromberg.
Marcus Wolter succeeds Interim Managing Director and Banijay Group COO Peter Langenberg, who took over the role in the company on an interim basis. The team of the Brainpool management remains unchanged with Andreas Viek, Godehard Wolpers and Tobi Baumann.
Until the end of 2017, Marcus Wolter was CEO of TV production company Endemol Shine. The Hamburg-born manager founded joint ventures with fiction producers Wiedemann & Berg, Jörg Pilawa and Florida TV with moderator duo Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf. In 2015, Marcus Wolter led the merger between Endemol and Shine and was subsequently appointed as Chairman Europe to the Executive Board of the new group. Under his leadership, formats such as “Kitchen Impossible”, “Duel around the World”, “Celebrity Big Brother”, “Big Bounce Battle”, “Germany’s Super Brain”, “Tatort Weimar”, “Tatort Dresden”, “Circus HalliGalli”, “4 Blocks” and “Dark”, Germany’s first Netflix series. Since August 2018, the media entrepreneur has been CEO and co-partner of Banijay Germany.