The Company


The heart of LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION beats steadily for fiction – whether a crime thriller, drama, mystery or comedy. A team of experts staffed with first-rate creative talent takes out-of-the-ordinary, gripping and legendary tales and turns them into electrifying cinematic stories – told on screens both big and small. From high-end series formats displaying characteristic ratings successes to long-running serials, all the way to first-class films for television and the cinema: LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION stands for outstanding, high-quality and innovative diversity in the fiction genre. For over 30 years the company has been producing successfully for all major German broadcasters and the theatrical market in closely knit co-operation marked by mutual trust. A member company of the Studio Hamburg Produktion Group, LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION works closely together with the seven subsidiaries REAL FILM Berlin, Nordfilm, Studio Hamburg UK, AMALIA Film, Doclights, Riverside Entertainment and media in the form of national, European and international networks.

Terrific entertainment via innovative and established series formats

The company stands for extensive, long-term expertise in the field of fiction, always with an intuitive feel for up-to-date, highly charged and emotionally touching subjects and narratives. The series BAD BANKS delighted a viewing audience in the millions and was acclaimed by the press as the “Best German Series” in 2018. The new sitcom on ZDFneo, TANKEN – MEHR ALS SUPER, an Icelandic adaptation, can more than measure up to series concepts targeted on an international scale. Having meanwhile advanced into becoming a cult series, DER TATORTREINIGER starring Bjarne Mädel is an award-winner and even achieved success in the USA. German TV would be hard to imagine anymore without formats steeped in tradition such as NOTRUF HAFENKANTE (ZDF), GROSSSTADTREVIER (ARD), DIE PFEFFERKÖRNER (ARD) and DIE KANZLEI (ARD).

Prizewinning stories featuring memorable faces – a guarantee for success

The company utilises award-winning and prominently casted event films to demonstrate its expertise in the creative enactment of sophisticated content while working together with “the creative thinkers and doers” in the industry – films made possible due to the large network of well-known figures from film and television. They include productions such as NEUE VAHR SÜD (ARD) based on a novel by Sven Regener, DER TOTE AUF DEM EIS (ZDF) starring Manfred Zapatka, Kai Wiesinger and Ulrich Tukur, VATER, MUTTER, MÖRDER (ZDF) starring Heino Ferch and Silke Bodenbender, UNTER DER HAUT (NDR) starring Friedrich Mücke, the thriller IM TUNNEL (ZDF) starring Maria Simon, and DIE VERMISSTE FRAU (ARD Degeto) starring Corinna Harfouch, Jörg Hartmann and Ulrich Matthes.

Poignant to powerful emotions on the cinema screen, too

The company celebrated worldwide success with the international feature-film production NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON based on the book by Pascal Mercier and starring Jeremy Irons in the leading role. Further movie-theatre premieres followed, including the multiple award-winning film HEIL by Dietrich Brüggemann starring Benno Führmann. The latest productions, for example the first full-length feature-film adventure for the “Die Pfefferkörner”, DIE PFEFFERKÖRNER UND DER FLUCH DES SCHWARZEN KÖNIG, along with SIMPEL – a film by Markus Goller with a heavyweight cast featuring David Kross and Frederick Lau – have already received multiple awards. Preparation for more feature-film projects is in progress: the life of Rock legend Udo Lindenberg will be filmed in 2018 bearing the working title LINDENBERG!. And after a more than 10-year hiatus, LETTERBOX FILMPRODUKTION is bringing the cult series BERLIN, BERLIN back to the silver screen.