Productions

Our productions could not be more diverse – Everything from the award-winning dramedy and mystery thriller to modern family series and theatrical movies. But they all have one thing in common: the passion that we put into them. 


DEUTSCHER
SOKO Potsdam
Sekretärinnen – Überleben von 9 bis 5
Kiss the Chef!
DRUCK
The Best Things in Life
Red Bracelets: The Beginning
Der Bulle und das Biest
Zarah – Wild Times
Wendy
Red Bracelets
The Valley
Heavenly Bonds

DEUTSCHER

Two families with fundamentally opposed views, must adjust to a new everyday life after a far-right populist party in Berlin is surprisingly elected with an absolute majority and takes over government. 

ZDFneo shows all four episodes of the mini-series as "neoriginal". 

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Broadcaster

ZDFneo / ZDF 

Executive Producer

Lasse Scharpen, Gerda Müller

Genre

Drama Mini- Series 

SOKO Potsdam

One of the central characters in this gripping detective series is the picturesque city of Potsdam. Here the childhood friends Luna Kunath and Sophie Pohlmann work together to solve a string of crimes. While Luna is strong-willed and thinks on her feet, she can be a little naïve. Although more mature, Sophie’s reflectiveness can be a weakness in situations that demand decisive action. Together the two women form part of an impressive crime-busting team. 

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Broadcaster

ZDF 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller 

Genre

Crime Series 

Sekretärinnen – Überleben von 9 bis 5

The stories about the everyday office life of the likeable secretary Katja Neumann, her two headstrong colleagues Nicole Sane and Melanie Weigand and of her choleric boss Wolf Berger at Sonnenschein Toast AG continue, according to the motto "surviving from 9 to 5!". 

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Broadcaster

RTL 

Executive Producer

Eva Holtmann 

Genre

Sitcom – TV Series 

Kiss the Chef!

When a gourmet guide mistakes a high-class restaurant with a home- style eatery just because they share the same name, both owners are shocked. Now former star chef Rufus loses his prestigious status and clients, while down-to-earth Toni is afraid to scare offs her working-class regulars due to a flood of snooty foodies. To stir up the public interest, Rufus tries to butter off Toni to get her to participate in a cook-off – which no doubt will be humiliating for her! But when Toni starts to fall for his charms, Rufus starts to notice that stars are not the only thing worth fighting for. Because love doesn't always stick to the recipe and there's plenty of ways to reach for the stars! 

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Broadcaster

ARD- Degeto 

Executive Producer

Jan Kromschröder, Eva Holtmann 

Genre

Romantic Comedy Movie Cycle 

DRUCK

The story follows a group of teenage friends, their everyday life and current events. It deals with friendship, love and the search for the own identity. 

Every season centers around a different character of the group. 

Especially the distribution method of Druck differs to usual known series. Druck is shown in real-time through short clips on a nearly daily basis on YouTube, including the messages between the characters. Additionally, real social media accounts of the fictional characters allow viewers greater insight into the show beyond its clips. 

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Broadcaster

Funk/ ZDF/ ZDFneo 

Executive Producer

Lasse Scharpen, Jan Kromschröder 

Genre

Coming of Age – Web & TV Series 

The Best Things in Life

This TV drama series - full of warmth, charm, pain, humour and passion - investigates, what makes us who we are, explores the issue of identity, and questions personal ambition and our ability to turn our lives around in later years. Kurt and Sandra Fankhauser have been married for almost twenty years and live in Bonn with their three children. Their everyday joys and displeasures are much the same as those of most other German families. 

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Broadcaster

VOX

Executive Producer

Lasse Scharpen

Genre

Family Drama – TV Series 

Red Bracelets: The Beginning

The lives of Leo, Jonas, Emma, Alex, Hugo and Toni do not seem to be different than those of other teenagers. Leo is cheerful, loves playing soccer with his friends and likes to spend time with his family. In contrast, Jonas would be glad, if his brother stopped making his life hell. Meanwhile Emma is trying her best to please her parents and Alex has trouble with his female math teacher. Toni always speaks bluntly, says what he thinks and seeks guidance from his grandpa. And Hugo gathers up all his courage for a jump from the ten- meter diving board.
Suddenly, Leo is torn out of his everyday life and must go to hospital. Everything changes abruptly. From now on medical examinations and diagnoses dominate his life. In addition, the patient he shares the room with makes his life even harder. However, he has already discovered Emma, but he is too shy to talk to her. 

Neither Leo, nor Jonas, Alex and Toni, the later club members of the “Red Bracelets”, could have guessed at that point in time that their paths would cross in the Albertus Hospital and that they would form the club, that would change their lives forever. 

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In Co-production with

Universum Film 

With the collaboration of

VOX Television 

Distributor

Universum Film 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Jan Kromschröder 

Genre

Dramedy Feature 

Release date

February 14th 2019 (Germany) 

Der Bulle und das Biest

One is cool, his partner is cooler. One is stubborn, his partner is even more pigheaded. One likes to get his teeth into something, his partner likes to bite harder: Police Commissioner Elias Decker and bullmastiff Rocky are more similar than you might think at first glance. 

Initially, the two alpha males were opponents. Rocky was supposed to be euthanized after he attacked Elias Decker during an operation. But Elias quickly realized that the beast that has just bitten him into his most sensitive zone can get him on the right track in tricky murder cases. 

From then on, they work and live in a community of convenience. And so, the tense relationship between man and dog begins with a bite-proof magic moment. Together with Elias ’colleague Caro, the two daredevils proof to have a good nose for solving murder cases. 

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Broadcaster

Sat.1 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Lasse Scharpen 

Genre

Crime – TV Series 

Zarah – Wild Times

"Zarah - Wild Times" tells the story of an ambitious journalist and her part in the women’s liberation movement of the early 1970s, as she battles the entrenched patriarchy of a popular weekly magazine. It is a time when uncharted waters are being tested in fashion, pop culture, sex and politics. Germany is hip and with it, but the positions of power in politics, business and the media are still almost exclusively held by men. Zarah Wolf has recently joined the editorial team of a magazine and is determined to fight outdated role models and everyday macho attitudes and behaviour. She employs devious and ruthless methods as she seeks to manoeuvre herself into the editor- in-chief’s chair. Zarah risks a great deal and makes powerful enemies. As she turns the great wheel of societal change, her own life and emotions spin into turmoil. 

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Broadcaster

ZDF 

Executive Producer

Jan Kromschröder, Eva Holtmann 

Genre

Family TV Series 

Wendy

12-year-old Wendy doesn't care too much for her parents' decision to spend all of summer break at her grandmother's run-down horse ranch. Ever since grandpa died, grandma is singlehandedly running the ranch which has its direct competitor in the large, modern stable owned by Ulrike. After Wendy has had a severe riding accident, she would refuse to get back into the saddle – even though she used to be quite enthusiastic for and successful at competitive horseback riding. Yet as soon as she arrives, she meets the invalid horse Dixie, which just escaped from the butcher. Dixie seems to be quite fond of Wendy and follows her wherever she goes. The two loners are building a friendship, which has the potential to forever change not only Wendy's life but also could save grandma's ranch from being sold. But for how long will Wendy be able to hide Dixie from the adults? 

Following the box-office success of the first film about teenager Wendy Thorsteeg's life with horses the cast has been reunited under the direction of Hanno Olderdissen for a sequel with new adventures in Wendy 2 – Friendship Forever. 

 

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In co-production with

Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion 

Distributor Wendy

Beta Film 

Distributor Wendy 2

Sony Pictures Releasing 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Jan Kromschröder 

Executive Producers

Jan Kromschröder, Eva Holtmann

Genre

Dramedy Feature Film 

Release date Wendy

January 26, 2017 (Germany) 

Release date Wendy 2

February 22, 2018 (Germany) 

Red Bracelets

Six teenagers cannot live a normal life like their friends: instead of playing football, meeting up with friends, going to school or spending time with their families, they are stuck in the hospital for an unknown time. 

Although they suffer from different diseases, the members of the “Red Bracelets” share a common wish: to spend their youth as normally as possible. 

Leo, Jonas, Emma, Alex, Toni and Hugo learn about the value of friendship in this dire and extraordinary situation. The change from joy to sorrow on a daily basis creates a unique bond between them. While experiencing life and death, their first great love and going on nightly expeditions through the hospital, they form the “Red Bracelets” and patients with different fates and personalities eventually become best friends. 

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Broadcaster

VOX 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Jan Kromschröder 

Genre

Drama TV Series 

The Valley

Grapevines on gently rolling hills dominate a picturesque landscape – an idyll devoted to wine. But beware: winding its way through the valley is a saga of appalling secrets and lies, of forbidden desires and murderous lust... 

Out in the vineyards, an injured stranger regains consciousness; next to him, the body of a young woman, apparently beaten to death. Having lost his memory, the stranger calls himself John Fox. Though a search party is sent to the vineyards, no trace of the girl can be found. With the annual wine festival beginning the next day, the villagers quickly forget the corpse without a body... 

But as the pretty young wine queen appears before her subjects, John experiences an unsettling déjà-vu: The wine queen looks exactly like the young woman whom he had found dead the previous day. Then she, too, disappears after begging John to help her... 

Baffled by these mysterious incidents, John senses that he is a part – perhaps a very important one – of a tragedy that draws practically all the townspeople into it. As he tries to regain his identity and tear apart the web of lies and secrets that has settled on the town, John realizes that nothing here is what it seems, and an ally can become your enemy in an instant. 

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Broadcaster

TNT Serie (2015) / VOX (2016) 

Production

Bantry Bay in cooperation with TwentyFour 9 Films 

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Jan Kromschröder, Philipp Steffens (ZwentyFour 9) 

Genre

Mystery Drama, TV Series 

Heavenly Bonds

He’s sexy, humorous, unconventional – and a pastor. Andreas has just taken over a Protestant parish in a smallish city. The widower and his four sons – from a 6-year-old to a young adult – all have the potential to break the hearts of the local women, each in their own way. Andreas gets off to a bad start by questioning the parish council’s work and unleashing a houseful of males upon the new parish secretary Katharina. Yet even if Andreas often infuriates her, she doesn’t seem to be immune to his charm...  | 

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Broadcaster

ZDF

Executive Producer

Gerda Müller, Jan Kromschröder 

Genre

Family TV Series 

About us

Bantry Bay is an independent production company that brings together experienced TV makers, backed by German producer-distributor Beta Film. Our genre focus is on drama, while our sister company, Seapoint, focuses on non-fiction 

programming for primetime and daytime. Both companies develop ideas in-house and bring international ideas and formats to Germany through a network of creative partnerships and format acquisitions.
 Founded by Jan Kromschröder and Stefan Oelze in 2014, Bantry Bay works for all TV broadcasters and all media platforms in the marketplace. In 2018 Gerda Müller and Jan Kromschröder took over the joint management. Our headquarters are in Cologne city centre. 


Our name

The explanation is quite simple. And then not. Originally, Bantry and the corresponding Bay lie in the southwest of Ireland in Cork County. However, our story has little to do with Ireland – but just for the fact that Anglo-Saxon emigrants took the bay’s name with them to South Africa and gave it to one of the seaside suburbs in beautiful Cape Town - named Bantry Bay. 

Down there at the southern tip of Africa, many television films and series are filmed. So, while filming on location in Cape Town and during a stroll along the beautiful coastal line, the inspiration was found to use two stunning Cape Town locations, "Bantry Bay" and "Sea Point" as namesakes for our two new companies. 

A beautiful and inspiring place, a good idea: These "working titles" actually became our brand names since we started up in 2014. Names that stand for a strong creative team, working eye-to-eye with our partners.

Team

Jan Kromschröder

Jan Kromschröder

Managing Director

Gerda Müller

Gerda Müller

Managing Director

Eva Holtmann

Eva Holtmann

Executive Producer

Carmen Stozek

Carmen Stozek

Executive Producer

Georg Bonhoeffer

Georg Bonhoeffer

Production Executive Business & Legal

Golda Sophia Bonhoeffer

Golda Sophia Bonhoeffer

Production Team-Assistant

Jochen Cremer

Jochen Cremer

Producer

Marie-Therese Dalke

Marie-Therese Dalke

Junior Producer

Dietmar Fischer

Dietmar Fischer

Production Executive

Christine Haeussler

Christine Haeussler

Junior Producer

Olav Henk

Olav Henk

Production Executive

Eva Kaesgen

Eva Kaesgen

Producer

Lisa Keiner

Lisa Keiner

Producer

Tobias Ketelhut

Tobias Ketelhut

Producer

Nikolaas Meinshausen

Nikolaas Meinshausen

Producer

Ina Philipps

Ina Philipps

Junior Producer

René Schaffgans

René Schaffgans

Pre- and Post Production Supervisor

Dorit Schilling

Dorit Schilling

Head of Formats & Creative Partnerships

Michael Tinney

Michael Tinney

Director of Production

Kathy Urban

Kathy Urban

Production Team-Assistant

Julia Zechiel

Julia Zechiel

Junior Producer

Sandra Zinsmeister

Sandra Zinsmeister

Assistant to Managing Directors

Contact

Directions

For parking, we recommend visitors to park in the Car Park in Maastrichter Strasse 10, 50672 Cologne.

If you’re taking public transport, you can reach us via KVB lines 1, 7, 12 and 15. The nearest stop to our offices is Rudolfplatz, which is just 150m walk away.

If you’re travelling from Cologne Main Station, take the KVB line 16 or 18 to Neumarkt and change to line 1 or 7 (overground lines).

If you’re flying in from Cologne-Bonn Airport, take the S13 (via Cologne Main Station) and change at Hansaring to the KVB line 12 or 15.

  • Address:

    Bantry Bay Productions GmbH
    Hohenzollernring 21-23
    50672 Cologne | Germany

  • Phone: +49 (0)221 99 885-0
  • Fax: +49 (0)221 99 885-222
  • Email: info@bantrybay.de
  • Website: www.bantrybay.de