German animation company Akkord Film has expanded its management team with the addition of two co-CEOs who will work alongside company founder Dirk Beinhold.
Imke Fehrmann and Valentin Greulich will jointly run Akkord Film as co-CEOs with Beinhold, who founded the studio in 2001.
Greulich joined Akkord Film as a producer in 2012 and has since helped shape the development and strategy of the company. He took a year off as an international project consultant in 2020 and is now returning as a funding and co-production expert, Akkord Film said.
Fehrmann, meanwhile, is an animation expert with over 30 years of experience. She joined Berlin and Hamburg-based Akkord Film in 2019 as executive producer and COO.
Fehrmann previously held senior production positions at international companies such as Animal Logic, Axis Animation, Aardman and Lucasfilm Animation. She is a mentor for Women in Animation and co-founder of German Women in Animation.
This comes as Akkord Film aims to produce more films and series aimed at international audiences and suited to traditional and new media platforms.
In addition to adapting and modernizing book series and sagas from German-speaking regions for the international market, Akkord Film said it also wants to focus more on global intellectual property and original content.
In addition, he is looking to strengthen his existing script development team, which consists of three experienced creative producers: Katharina Wicke, Susanne Biesinger and Claudio Winter.
Beinhold founded Akkord Film after a decade in leadership roles, most notably as a Creative Executive at New Regency and Head of Production for ProSieben and Studio Babelsberg.
The company is behind titles such as Raven the Little Rascal, Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg, Petronella Applewitch, and The Elfkins: Baking a Difference.
The latter is expected to be followed by another Elkins feature film slated for production in 2022, while Akkord has said two unannounced animated series and two more feature films are slated for completion in 2024-2025.
Akkord Film’s latest animated feature, The Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible, will be released in German theaters by Leonine on March 17 next year.
Akkord also has other projects in development with Tobis Film, ZDF, SWR, NDR, KiKA, Sola Media and Global Screen, among others.
Beinhold is vice-president of Animation in Europe, the European association of animation producers, founding member of the board of directors of the new animation branch of the German Film Academy and member of the board of directors of the animation branch of the German Producers Alliance.