Bauer will spearhead new projects and co-productions designed for the international market. She’ll be based in Munich and split her time between MGM’s European and U.S. offices. She reports to MGM Television Group chairman Mark Burnett.
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“Rola is an important member of the scripted creative community with exceptional taste in material and deep long-term relationships with many talented creators, directors and actors across Global television,” Burnett said. “We are thrilled to continue building on our successful lineup of programming with Rola, while tapping into new markets and audiences and further expanding our international growth.”
Bauer comes to MGM after most recently serving as a partner at Canal Plus’ Studiocanal TV, which absorbed her Tandem Productions banner in 2012. Last month, StudiocanalTV bought out the remaining interest in Tandem, which made Bauer a free agent.
“Mark Burnett has passionately created iconic productions and successfully built companies, which I have always admired. He, along with the leadership at the studio, share a vision to further strengthen the iconic MGM brand internationally, which was very inspiring for me to hear,” Bauer said. “As the world changes and our industry continues to evolve, MGM will build a bridge with co-production partnerships to further expand on the studio’s ongoing successful global growth.”
Bauer spearheaded scripted production and acqusitions for Studiocanal TV, delivering shows for a range of network buyers including “Shadowplay,” “Years and Years,” “War of the Worlds” as well as Harlan Coben’s “Safe” for Canal Plus and Netflix.
Earlier in her career Bauer was behind such international TV hits as “Crossing Lines” and “The Pillars of the Earth.”
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