Press release: MMC Studios Group appoints new managing directors

Hacik Kölcü and Jens Wolf appointed as new managing directors / Crosscast Holding GmbH holds 100 % shares in MMC Studios and subsidiaries / MMC to offer outside broadcasts in future / MMC location 'Coloneum' to become hotspot for innovative production techniques

Effective October 11, 2019, Hacik Kölcü and Jens Wolf have been appointed to the Management Board of MMC Holding GmbH to jointly manage the group of companies as well as its subsidiaries. The business operations of Crosscast GmbH and the MMC Group will be merged. Following the successful restructuring of MMC, the previous managing director Philip Borbély is leaving the company as planned.

"In recent years, we have established novel and very successful concepts in outside broadcasting with Crosscast, such as flight case and smart/reality productions," explains Jens Wolf, responsible for studio productions as of now. "Especially the new production standards like UHD or also the 'Cinematic Broadcast Workflow' we developed, which combines classic TV productions and cameras with feature film dynamic range as well as visually appealing images, are increasingly in demand in the show and entertainment segment."

The experienced managers Wolf and Kölcü are responsible for expanding the position of the MMC Group in the German market and furthermore setting the course for profitable growth. In particular, the focus will be on new production methods, technology partnerships and development in the outside broadcast business. "In addition to traditional TV production, we will become an innovative production service provider for studio productions and outside broadcasts. This is the path Crosscast and MMC will take together in the future," says Hacik Kölcü.

In addition to the expansion of MMC services - studio rental and production, post-production, and stage and set construction - the MMC Group is to be given a further international orientation in the areas of live broadcasting and feature film and series production. MMC Movies Köln GmbH, the film production arm of MMC, will be jointly managed by Jens Wolf and Bastie Griese. In the future, the production company will realize co-productions through new attractive financing models.

Along with the appointment of the new management, Crosscast Holding GmbH takes over 100 % of the shares in MMC Holding GmbH, to which the companies MMC Studios Köln GmbH, MMC Movies Köln GmbH and, since October 11, 2019, also Crosscast GmbH are subordinated. Crosscast Holding GmbH is owned by the Frankfurt-based investment company Novum Capital and the new managing directors Wolf and Kölcü.

About Hacik Kölcü
With over 30 years of experience in the technical implementation of TV productions and the sale of production services, Hacik Kölcü is a known quantity in the industry. He founded Crosscast GmbH with Jens Wolf in 2014, and his expertise lies in the development of innovative flight case units and exceptional production vehicles.

About Jens Wolf
The graduate computer scientist (FH) founded Crosscast GmbH together with Hacik Kölcü in 2014 and led the company as managing director, innovation manager and TV director. Besides international eSport stadium events like 'ESL One' and 'Intel Extreme Masters', he directs various TV formats and develops efficient production workflows for smart, flight case and remote productions.

About Crosscast
Crosscast started in 2014 with a flight case production control room and a small OB van and is now a sought-after production partner for the technical implementation of innovative TV productions for the classic production houses as well as for eSports, remote production and smart production on a flight case basis.

About MMC
Since 1991, MMC has offered the best production conditions as well as all desired services from a single source. With the Coloneum in Cologne, the privately managed MMC Studios Köln GmbH has one of the largest and most modern studio premises in Europe with 20 film and TV studios. Thanks to its excellent studio infrastructure, state-of-the-art production technology and highly efficient post-production, MMC Studios Köln GmbH is the leading full-service provider for entertainment shows and series in Germany.

About Novum Capital
Novum Capital is an independent and owner-managed private equity firm based in Frankfurt, Germany, investing primarily pension funds in the German mid-market. All partners have many years of private equity and mezzanine experience and, following careers in renowned investment banks, have come together to invest in companies in the upper middle market in Europe.

Photo: Hacik Kölcü and Jens Wolf are the new managing directors of MMC Studios. Credit: MMC Studios

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