‘Davos 1917’ Producer Contrast Film Appoints Former Disney Exec Anke Beining As Commercial Managing Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Swiss production company Contrast Film has appointed former Disney, Global ScreenandBlue Entertainment executive Anke Beining as its new commercial managing director

Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 10:31:28 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 10:31:28

Swiss production company Contrast Film has appointed former Disney, Global ScreenandBlue Entertainment executive Anke Beining as its new commercial managing director.

Beining brings with her a strong and diverse history of industry experience. She studied political science in Germany, Switzerlandandthe U.S. and has a PhD in law.Early in her career,Beining worked for Swiss production companies Senator Film and Kinowelt.She then spent a decade on The Walt Disney Company’s executive management team in Munich, where she led the Business and Legal Affairs team and the Affiliate Sales department. In 2011,shestarted a four-year stint as CEO and program director of Teleclub, a Swisscom-now-Blue Entertainment subsidiary. In 2017, she took on the role of managing director at Global Screen, a Telepool company in Munich.

In her previous roles, Beining collaborated several times with Contrast, including on Hannes Baumgartner’s “Midnight Runner,” Joel Basman’s “Caged Birds,” and Dimitri Krebs’ “The Traitor.”

Of her new role, Beining said, “I am very excited to become part of Contrast Film and to continue the success story of this company together with the creative team,” Contrast Film rightfully stands among the most innovative production houses in Switzerland.”

At Contrast, Beining joins a management team that includes co-owners Ivan Madeo, Stefan Eichenberger, and Urs Frey. Founded in 2009, Contrast is a leading Swiss indie that recently produced “Davos 1917,” the most ambitious and highest-cost Swi -

ss TV series ever. The show won two Prix Walo, Switzerland’s top entertainment award.

Contrast also has a strong track record of European co-production and recently backed the 1944-set feature “Stella. A Life,” whichworldpremiered at Zurich and enjoyed a strong festival runas well asfour German Film Award nominations.This year, the company’s latest documentary co-production, “Stray Bodies,” is doing the festival rounds after world premiering at CPH:DOX.

“Beining’s extensive experience from her leadership roles at Disney, Global Screen, and Blue Entertainment, along with her expertise and network, will help shape the future of Contrast Film,” said co-managing directors Ivan Madeo and Stefan Eichenberger as they announced Beining’s appointment. “In addition to her operational leadership skills, she possesses comprehensive knowledge inthe field ofinternational co-productions and distribution.Thisideally positions our production company for the exciting challenges in the rapidly evolving market.”

Frey, Contrast’s third co-owner, added, “Beining both holds the necessary professional expertise and aligns exceptionally well with the ethos of our company and our vision for the future.”

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