Christian Ulmen, Carsten Kelber and ProSiebenSat.1 establish the production company Pyjama Pictures // Fourth season of “jerks.” to be produced for Joyn and ProSieben

Munich, November 6, 2019. They stand for excellent programming and like to jolt people out of their everyday thought patterns. And they are among the most creative fiction producers in Germany: producer, director, writer and actor Christian Ulmen and producer Carsten Kelber. Together with these two creators, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland is now establishing the Berlin-based production company Pyjama Pictures and thereby further enhancing its expertise in content production in Germany.

As the first Pyjama Pictures project, this new creative set-up will produce the fourth season of the hit series “jerks.” in 2020 for the streaming platform Joyn and subsequent free-TV broadcasting on ProSieben. In addition, Pyjama Pictures will produce content for all ProSiebenSat.1 platforms – both linear and digital – as well as for external partners. Its focus will be on German-language and local content. There are already several ideas and developments in the pipeline. 

Christian Ulmen: “We love each other. Carsten Kelber, the company and me. We will give the German series lots of new children – both well-behaved kids and naughty little brats. It’s going to be loud.”

Carsten Kelber: “Christian and I met each other through ‘Jerks.’ and can hardly wait to intensify this collaboration and expand into other genres. We are eagerly looking forward to more great projects and are already enjoying creative exchanges with our shareholder’s channels, as well as with external partners and platforms.”

Wolfgang Link, Co-CEO for Entertainment at ProSiebenSat.1: “ProSiebenSat.1 always wants to work with the best - and as intensively as possible. Christian Ulmen and Carsten Kelber stand like hardly any other producer team for special and excellent fiction. And make our medium better and simply unique with their productions. With Pyjama Pictures we want to produce first-class fiction for our stations and platforms as well as for the entire German market in the future.

Henrik Pabst, Chief Commercial Officer for Entertainment, ProSiebenSat.1: “Christian and Carsten are among the most acclaimed local production experts in Germany. Establishing the production company Pyjama Pictures perfectly contributes to an important element of our content strategy – bringing together Germany’s most creative TV makers and talents under our roof. I am really looking forward to this collaboration.”

The success story of “jerks.”
“jerks.” raises the bar: The series starring Christian Ulmen and Fahri Yardim has won the German Comedy Award three times in a row and 2019 the German TV Award. It has been a hit on all different platforms. The series was produced by the successful production company Talpa Germany (“The Voice of Germany”) on behalf of Joyn and ProSieben. Wolfgang Link: “‘jerks.’ is a real gem. I would like to thank Talpa Germany and especially Karsten Roeder for the successful collaboration.”

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