Lucky Bird Pictures GmbH
Lucky Bird Pictures originated in an MBO at the German venture of the Scandinavian Yellow Bird Group (Mankell’s Wallander, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy). Among the projects created recently by the company, which has its headquarters in Munich, are Mankell’s best-selling thriller The Chinese Man, a comedy based on a format from Canal+ set in the world of porn for Sat.1, a comedy with Wolfgang Stumph and Edgar Selge for ZDF, an international TV event Little Lady and, in the realm of feature films, Ghosthunters (Warner Bros) and 13 Minutes (Elser).
Lucky Bird’s TV and cinema productions are distributed worldwide with considerable success and shown in the UK, Canada and the USA in movie theaters and/or on TV and in home entertainment.
The company’s core competence consists of high-value TV and cinema productions with international finance.
In 2015 the producers Boris Ausserer and Oliver Schündler were honored with the Producers’ Prize for Best Film at the Bavarian Film Awards.
Oliver Schündler worked as a director’s assistant and dramatic advisor for a wide variety of theatre and television projects (with such directors as Robert Lépage, Georg Tabori, Leander Haussmann and Matthias Hartmann at the Bavarian State Theatre in Munich, and Peter Stein and Luca Ronconi at the Salzburg Festival), before joining the Bavaria Film Group in 1994.
During the following years he produced numerous TV movies and series: from 2000 Oliver Schündler accounted for the entire range of international co-productions from the Bavaria Film Group. Later he also managed worldwide TV rights and was responsible for top-quality international event co-productions. From 2004 he was also managing director of Bavaria Media Italia s.r.l. in Rome and, from October 2005, co-managing director of German United Distributors.
Oliver Schündler has been managing director and producer of Lucky Bird Pictures since 2008.
Boris Ausserer is producer with Lucky Bird Pictures. Born in Annecy (France), Boris graduated from the Munich Film School in 1998, having augmented his studies with a number of periods abroad, including time spent in Cambridge, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. He started working for MTM Filmproduktion but was soon hired as junior producer for the Bavaria Film Group. Only a year later, in 2000, he was appointed producer for international co-productions with Bavaria Media Television. From 2003 he was Deputy Head of International Co-Production, a position he retained until leaving Bavaria Media Television for Lucky Bird Pictures GmbH. During this time he was involved in the development and financing of a number of TV co-productions, such as La Bicyclette Bleue, Die Auferstehung, Sans Famille, Tatort – Tödliche Souvenirs, Kitchen Affairs, Heinrich Breloer’s docudrama Speer & Hitler – The Devil’s Architect as well as Der Todestunnel, White Menace – The Avalanche of the Century and most recently Henri IV, with key European partners including TF1, Mediaset, Rai, France2, M6, TVC, TVN and ORF.
In 2008 Boris Ausserer became producer of Lucky Bird Pictures, supervising international co-productions such as the ARD two-parter The Chinese Man and Little Lady (ZDF) as well as the Sat.1 TV movie Sex Sells. At present he is working on various cinematic projects in the capacity of producer, including Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails (based on the novel by Cornelia Funke) and 13 Minutes (Elser).