Munich, November 30, 2021. PANTAFLIX AG (GSIN: A12UPJ, ISIN: DE000A12UPJ7) is entering the production of podcasts with its subsidiary PantaSounds. The first productions will already be released at the beginning of 2022. As of January 1, 2022, Tristan Lehmann will become Managing Director. He comes from ProSiebenSat.1 Group, where he was most recently responsible for the in-house productions of the audio platform FYEO, including the multi-award-winning fiction podcast MAKEL as well as AFFÄRE Deutschland, the first podcast format to win the Deutscher Reporter:innen-Preis (German Reporter Award).
Tristan Lehmann held various executive and creative positions at ProSiebenSat.1 Group from 2015 to 2021, initially as Director Creative & Editorial of the online video store maxdome, where he was jointly responsible for the successful format jerks. and its market launch, among other things. In 2018, Lehmann moved to the Group's parent company as Director Content Innovation, before taking responsibility for content strategy and the production of all FYEO originals at the beginning of 2020.
Nicolas Paalzow, CEO PANTAFLIX AG: "Day after day, we do our best to entertain people on a wide variety of channels, be it in the cinema, on TV or streaming portals. By entering the podcast market, we are adding a promising component to our value chain, true to our strategy of developing new business areas around entertainment. The podcast market has a golden future ahead of it, and we want to play an active role in shaping it. We are very pleased to have Tristan Lehmann, a proven podcast expert, on board, who most recently helped shape the German podcast scene with FYEO Originals."
Tristan Lehmann, future Managing Director of PantaSounds: "The audio market is booming and the entertainment segment is one of the biggest growth drivers. With PantaSounds, we want to serve the entire repertoire of modern audio entertainment from entertaining talks with strong voices to elaborate storytelling formats. We will focus on podcasts while thinking about the audio topic as a whole. Our goal is to become one of the leading German production houses for auditory entertainment."
Around half of the German population listens to podcasts regularly or at least occasionally. News, music, comedy, interview and crime formats are at first place regardless of whether they are used regularly, occasionally or rarely. Interview and talk formats are the most popular overall, with a 73 percent share of usage. According to the German Association for the Digital Economy (BVDW), total revenues for the online audio sector are expected to be EUR 78 million in 2021, of which EUR 20 million generated by the podcast sector. This corresponds to a forecast increase of around 25 percent compared to the previous year.1
1Pilot/Julep study and BVDW, both May 2021
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