A new home for ARRI Media
- ARRI sells and transfers its postproduction business to the Seal Group
- ARRI Media’s complete portfolio of services will remain unaffected and will be further expanded through new, exciting technologies
- ARRI Media clients will continue to benefit from the familiar and trusted best-quality creative and technical services as they are accustomed
Munich, December 21, 2020 – ARRI Media and its complete operational business, specializing in postproduction and film distribution, will be spun off from the ARRI Group and outsourced to the family-run Seal Group by Jake Seal as of March 1, 2021.
The globally active Seal Group focuses on all sub-segments of film production and distribution. The service range includes, amongst others, the management of studios (USA, England, India, Romania, etc.), film and postproduction, and the manufacturing of analog films for cinema and photo cameras (ORWO). As a full-service provider with the highest quality standards and a top reputation in the German film industry, ARRI Media is to become a central pillar in the portfolio of the Seal/ORWO Group.
“We are very much looking forward to fulfilling the wishes of our customers with the creative team from Media in our accustomed, high-quality manner. Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies, like virtual sets, holograms, or photogrammetry, that we already utilize extensively in the Seal Group, which are new to ARRI Media, we can now offer even more services to our customers and jointly develop growth potentials,” explains Jake Seal. “It’s very special when two family-owned companies, that have been successful in the film business for over 100 years, are allowed to partner and write the future of film as a medium!”
“It was the holistic, sustainable concept and vision of the Seal/ORWO Group that led us to entrust this partner with the fruitful future of ARRI Media. We are convinced that Jake Seal and his team offer the entire Media division promising future prospects and additional opportunities,” says ARRI Executive Board member Markus Zeiler. “A big thank you goes to the entire ARRI Media team and management for their high level of commitment, outstanding successes, and our combined wealth of great memories that will increase in the years to come.”
“I have come to know and appreciate Jake Seal as a profound innovator. In him we have found the right partner and a strong foundation for lasting success. I really look forward to our collaboration and see this as a huge chance for us,” adds Josef Reidinger, ARRI Media Managing Director.
All of ARRI Media’s German locations and jobs will remain in place and be strategically developed. Therefore, the acquisition of ARRI Media will have no influence on its service range or on ARRI’s other fields of business. ARRI Media’s operations will continue unchanged with the existing teams. All commitments that have already been discussed or agreed upon will remain unaffected and be honored in full. ARRI Media customers and clients will continue to benefit from its top-quality creative and technical film-production services.
In the future, the ARRI Group will be focusing on the worldwide sale and rental of camera and lighting products, lenses, accessories, and system solutions for the film and broadcast industry and is therefore spinning off the ARRI Media division. The Seal/ORWO Group will focus on the continued servicing of the ARRI Media German clients and the German language projects for postproduction and VFX, whilst additionally start offering the existing ARRI Media clients the exciting new emerging technologies (Holograms, AR/VR, 3D scanning, 3D printing, object-based sound). It plans to also rapidly expand its world sales arm, internationally.
About the Seal/ORWO Group:
The Seal Group unites companies from the most diverse areas of the “film” value chain. Through the companies InovisCoat GmbH (spin-off of the research department of the former AGFA Leverkusen, Germany) and FilmoTec GmbH (spin-off of the former ORWO, located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany), the Group develops and produces color and b/w films for cameras in the photographic and cinematic market under the ORWO brand in a century-old tradition. Worldwide, the Group owns five film studios, participates in up to 20 film financings per year, has five post-production facilities globally, and also owns 28 companies involved in the development of new technologies in the cine-film sector. Numerous patents, innovation awards, and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records demonstrate the group’s creativity and development power. Through the acquisition of ARRI Media, the Seal/ORWO Group can now offer its customers a comprehensive, worldwide service package (one-stop shop) under the ORWO brand umbrella.