EXCLUSIVE: In an expanded role, Rola Bauer, CEO/Partner of Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions, is taking on oversight of all Studiocanal production and co-production television activities in the U.S. This will see Bauer divide time between Los Angeles and her base in Munich. The new post will include working with and coordinating activities for Studiocanal’s production and partnership companies’ scripted formats and co-productions in the U.S., as well as exploring synergies with Universal Music Group. UMG is owned by Studiocanal parent Vivendi.
Bauer will also be responsible for strategic alliances with writers and showrunners in the States. Tandem’s EVP of development, Gina Marcheschi, will also add an additional role at Studiocanal, supporting Bauer to cultivate contacts with creative talent and studio and broadcast executives in the U.S. Marcheschi is based in LA. U.S. sales will be handled by Katrina Neylon, EVP of Studiocanal TV sales and marketing.
Studiocanal has and will continue to extend its global TV footprint through acquiring indie producers as well as third-party distribution titles. Along with owning Tandem, Studiocanal currently is a partner in Denmark’s SAM Productions (The Killing, Borgen, A Royal Affair) and owns the UK’s RED Production Company (Last Tango In Halifax, Happy Valley). Red and Studiocanal recently launched indie outfit Guilty Party with producer Spencer Millman (The Mighty Boosh), The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird and actor-writer Jonny Sweet (Together). Tandem, which makes international crime drama Crossing Lines, has also produced event series World Without End and The Pillars Of The Earth.
“Given Rola’s experience and contacts in the U.S., it was a logical decision that she take a more active role on behalf of all of our production and partnership companies’ scripted projects,” says Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer.
Since the founding of Tandem in 1999, in addition to producing for the U.S. market, each of the company’s shows has sold Stateside. Bauer’s recent exec producer credits include Spotless (Esquire) and Crossing Lines, whose third season is currently rolling out worldwide.