Eric Welbers, the former CEO of German production company ndF, is pitching a Munich producer called Bravado Media at Mipcom next week.
Following Welbers’ departure from ndF in March, Bravado Media acquired all of the company’s shares in Italian Viola Film (80%), headed by Alessandro Passadore, and Belgium’s Bravado Fiction (80%), headed by Jan Theys .
Welbers is also increasing his stake in ndF International Production, which he will continue to lead together with Matthias Walter.
The new company will make its first appearance on the market at Mipcom in Cannes next week. Welbers said, “Bravado Media will be a contemporary, modern content house – internationally positioned, open-format, story-driven and content-driven.”
Bravado Media has a launch slate ready to go. Welbers collaborated with Frank Doelger of Intaglio Films to produce a serial adaptation of Frank Schätzing’s bestselling novel The Swarm with ndF International Production for German broadcaster ZDF.
Welbers is also co-producing The Man Who Died, based on Finnish author Antti Tuomainen’s bestselling novel, for Finnish streamer Elisa Viihde, while filming has begun on the second season of co-production Sophie Cross (aka Crossroads) for Degeto. /Das Erste.
Other projects in development include an international series based on the novel Lord of All Things by Andreas Eschbach.
Meanwhile, production has wrapped on Stranded, a drama series starring German actor Rike Schmid. The show is a co-production with Italian Eliseo, with Mediawan Rights handling international distribution.
The program also includes On the Ropes, Bravado Fiction’s first event series in Belgium. The series focuses on defense lawyers and prosecutors dealing with organized crime in the Belgian port city of Antwerp.
Welbers served as ndF’s managing director from 2015 to March this year, working on high-end drama series such as The Swarm. He previously worked for Beta Film.