Julie Link Joins Joker Productions as Managing Director
Press release - June 04, 2018
Former Critical Content Executive Boards with Global Expansion Remit
(Cologne – 4 June 2018) – Independent content company Joker Productions, part of the Splendid Group, has hired Julie Link as Managing Director with a focus on ramping up originals, development, and expanding the global reach of its formats, factual and scripted production and distribution business. Link formerly held roles as EVP, Development at Relativity Television, and headed up international activity for Critical Content.
Link joins with a wealth of international experience in building creative partnerships with production companies and channels across Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to heading up development at Relativity and international operations at Critical Content, she held roles at the William Morris Agency, Endemol and Tom Forman Productions/ CBS. After relocating from the US to Europe, she continued her role at Critical Content before moving to Joker Productions as a consultant in mid-2017. She succeeds former Managing Director Patrick Ach, who has left the company. Florian Reinhardt, Creative Director, and Julian Lerch, Head of Programs, remain shareholders of the company and lead creatives.
Andreas R. Klein, owner and Chairman of the Board at Splendid Medien AG, the majority shareholder of Joker Productions said, “We are excited to welcome Julie Link to Joker, who will apply her depth of industry expertise and incredible energy to drive us forward into the next stage of growth as a company and propel us into the global content arena.”
Julie Link said, “In the last few months I have come to know the enormous potential and creative energy of Joker Productions, and I am looking forward to being part of this fantastic, passionate team. Joker has a host of great ideas, talented people and strong character-driven programming which we will continue to nurture and build upon in the coming months.”
ABOUT JOKER PRODUCTIONS
Joker Productions, a division of Splendid Group, is a modern content company creating world class entertainment across multiple platforms. From original concept to finished film, Joker delivers unique formats from a single source. Joker aims to attract audiences around the world with authentic characters and compelling storylines.
Joker was founded in 1996 and today, employs more than 30 permanent employees in development, production and post production departments. The company focuses on non-scripted and scripted programming, with recent projects including Die Wollnys, going into the 10th season, and Voller Leben – Meine letzte Liste, both on RTL II in Germany alongside past successes Die Geissens and Sarah and Pietro.
Joker has a new series launching in summer 2018 on DMAX called Die Stubers – Eine Familie räumt auf, and, a high-quality low-budget fiction series, Falkenberg, airing October 2018 on RTL2.
In addition to television, Joker produces innovative and high-quality films and product clips for businesses across a wide variety of industries. Clients include: Bertelsmann, Deichmann, Staedtler and Lucky Strike.
Splendid Medien AG, founded over 40 years ago, is a medium-sized, integrated media group. The group mainly operates in German-speaking areas of Europe and the Benelux countries, marketing films and entertainment programs for cinema, home entertainment and television. Splendid is also active in the service business for the film and television industry with a focus on digitization, new media and synchronization.
In 2016, Splendid expanded into original content with the acquisition of Joker Productions. The shares of Splendid Medien AG have been listed since 1999 and are traded in the General Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.