We buy licensing rights to feature films, series, documentaries as well as other entertainment programs from various genres. We also develop and produce our own films and series formats on behalf of TV stations and SVoD platforms.
The licensing rights to feature films are usually acquired for a period of 15 to 20 years. In general, the contracts cover payment of minimum guarantees, which are capitalized as intangible assets and depreciated through profit or loss in accordance with the value chain. A shorter license period (5 to 7 years) is usually agreed for the other formats. As a rule, minimum guarantee payments are also agreed for these program areas, which are depreciated through profit or loss in accordance with the value chain. In addition, the license models are based on revenue-dependent, quarterly license fees.
Our film catalogue contains around 1,600 film titles and represents an extensive collection from various genres: action, documentaries, horror/fantasy, TV series, comedy, children’s and family entertainment, health and fitness courses, drama and art-house.
Our film content is marketed across the value-added chain (cinema, home entertainment and licensing), with a focus on German-speaking regions and the Benelux countries.
We exploit selected feature films and documentaries in the cinema. In the Netherlands, cinema distribution is handled by our own distribution company. In Germany, Austria and Belgium, booking & billing is conducted in cooperation with various cooperation partners. A cinema release generates increased publicity for a film, which generally has a positive impact on marketing in the subsequent exploitation stages.
Around four months after cinema release, the film is exploited in home entertainment.
This business area is the Splendid Group’s strongest in terms of sales and comprises online rental and sales (video-on-demand (VoD) and electronic sell-through (EST)), sales of physical audio-visual media (Blu-ray and DVD) and video rentals.
We are one of the main independent Blu-ray and DVD providers in German-speaking regions and one of the biggest retail suppliers in the home-entertainment sector. We cover all sales channels – online retailers, over-the-counter sales (chain stores, specialist distributors and retailers) and rental via video stores. In addition to our products, we carry out sales processing for other partners.
In the VoD/EST sector, the Splendid Group markets its content via all major Internet platforms as well as our own platform, Videociety (www.videociety.de). Under the label “meinVoD”, we provide business customers in various sectors (e.g. telecommunications, industry, retail) with our VoD platform concept. This offers B2B customers a range of content, development, operation and portal management services for their end customers. As a content aggregator for Amazon, Google, iTunes, Sky and other portals, the Splendid Group also handles distribution and the technical provision of film content for third-party providers.
Our customers include all major TV stations and SVoD (VoD by subscription) providers in German-speaking regions and the Benelux countries.
We sell our licenses for a contractually fixed period or for a contractually fixed number of broadcasts in a specific period. Exploitation of the film on TV channels and SVoD platforms begins around six months after the start of exploitation in home entertainment. In general, the film is first licensed for the so-called "Pay1 window" to pay-TV or streaming providers, usually for twelve months. This is followed by the free TV window or a second pay TV window. The film is available for further exploitation (subsequent exploitation) after the license agreement expires.
The Group company Splendid Studios produces TV formats for television stations. Splendid Studios generally develops a format idea in conjunction with the stations and produces it as part of commissioned productions.