Bavaria TV chief quits

Oliver Schundler exits for Zodiak Television

COLOGNE, Germany -- Oliver Schundler has resigned as head of German TV sales giant Bavaria Media Television, taking the post of managing director of Swedish-based production group Zodiak Television's new German operations.

Schundler will head a Munich-based joint venture with Zodiak subsidiary Yellow Bird, the producers of the popular "Wallander" crime series, focusing on feature films and TV drama for the German-speaking market.

Initially, Yellow Bird will focus on productions from rights the company already controls -- such as the works of best-selling author Henning Mankell, whose "Wallander" detective stories have been ratings hits in Germany and across Scandinavia. Bavaria is currently in pre-production on a two-part mini based on Mankell's 2005 conspiracy thriller "Kennedy's Brain."

Zodiak, one the Europe's leading TV production companies, has subsidiaries in 11 territories, including Lucky Day, Diverse and Red House in the U.K., Sol in India and TeleAlliance Media in Russia and Ukraine.