Until the panther tells
his side of the story,
the tale of the hunt
will always glorify
Panthertainment produces film and series content with a focus on POC stories for the global marketplace. Panthertainment consults in the field of D&I storytelling.
Through stories in which diversity is shown to be the norm, Panthertainment showcases alternative perspectives to the prevailing eurocentric narrative in the media world in front of and behind the camera.
Sam: A Saxon
First German original on Disney+
The streaming service Disney+ has announced the start date for its first German original: The miniseries “Sam - A Saxon” will premiere on April 26th. The story is based on true events.
Netflix Writing Academy: PoC Writers Incubator
As part of Netflix Grow Creative activities, we are launching the Netflix Writing Academy: PoC Writers Incubator in November 2022 in collaboration with Netflix and DFFB.
During a 13-week training program, we will mentor six writers and give them the tools to tell their stories in a way that will resonate with streaming audiences.
German-speaking PoC writers with screenwriting experience can apply by October 27, 2022, inclusive, with a one- to two-page pitch for a series and a screenwriting sample.
Learn more at DFFB
First collaboration for streaming service Disney+
Big Window produces the first Disney+ Original German series “Sam – Ein Sachse” (Sam — A Saxon) in cooperation with with Panthertainment : Jörg Winger with Big Window Productions in cooperation with Tyron Ricketts' Panthertainment tell the extraordinary story of East Germany's first black police officer.
Disney+ Casts German Original “Sam — a Saxon”
Disney+ casts original series “Sam – a Saxon” about first black police officer in East Germany.
Getting reel on diversity in German cinema
“Based on the real-life story of Samuel Meffire (born in Zwenkau near Leipzig to Cameroonian-German parents), this Sachse became the first Afro-Deutsch police officer and a symbol of post-reunification migrant assimilation. (…) The series is co-produced by 49-year-old Black actor, producer and musician Tyron Ricketts.” Read more on exberliner.com
Why German films and series need to become more diverse
Podcast: Netflix Talk of the Week
Listen on spotify
The Timing has never been Better
Tyron Ricketts imagines German television and film to better represent the actual Germany: diverse. Read on qiio.de
Bridgerton: Color Conscious or Color Blind‽
Actor Tyron Ricketts fights against stereotypes
Tyron Ricketts about diversity on television
Cover story of Berliner Zeitung Magazin
Diversity at UFA
Interview with Tyron Ricketts
What is it about George Floyd and racism in German film‽
Interview with Tyron Ricketts
A real chance for change!
Read more on gala.de
Is German cinema rascist?
UFA and Panthertainment dare to achieve greater diversity
Changing the world,
one story at a time
»The city is black and- like deadtired birds people are falling out of heavens …«
Sam: A Saxon
Black Saxon is the unbelievable yet true story of the first black policeman in East Germany, whose career took a turn from dedicated citizen to wanted felon. When Sam ends up behind bars, for the first time in his life, he can no longer run away from his demons. Neither from those who try to assert their agendas upon him, nor from his lifelong inner conflict with himself and his relationship with the society he strived, often in vain, to be a part of. Did his short-lived notoriety as the figurehead of German coexistence give rise to him becoming enemy of the state or was this fall inevitable?
Netflix PoC Writers Incubator
Netflix PoC Writers Incubator
The program is explicitly aimed at People of Color in order to incorporate their perspectives into stories and make them accessible to a wide audience. Our goal is to train the next generation of confident Writers of Color to provide material in which the audience can see themselves represented and which also contributes to raising awareness.
Consulting on diversity
Panthertainment contributed consulting on diversity for the show “Kitz” (Netflix) and adjusted the characters to be more realistic. Learn more on netflixwoche.de
Consulting on diversity
From pitching to script editing, actor and producer Tyron Ricketts advised the Kika editorial team on the development of the project. Learn more at kika.de
Markus Meier, an aspiring politician within the left-wing party unwittingly kills a young African drug dealer in self-defense. This secret crime fuels the flames of an already blazing political fire in both Berlin and greater Germany. Nevertheless, Markus’ career grows in the shadow of this volatile and torturous situation, as his conscience drives him deeper and deeper into a mental swamp of darkness.
“Life is like surfing…wait for the moment, paddle hard, stand up if you can and ride the wave of your life”
The Break is the story of a young German woman on the run through Central America. In order to ride the wave of life, she must empower herself through self-love and face the demons of her past. Through contact with the various people she meets on her journey, she learns of life from different perspectives.
Rip Tide is the story of an Afro-German doctor who is saved at sea by an African refugee ship after a surf accident. After the ship is picked up by the Spanish Coast Guard, the doctor is considered one of the refugees and ultimately left at sea in a less-than-sea-worthy boat that capsizes. Along with the only other survivor, he washes up on the shores of Morocco to begin a deadly journey back to Europe.
“Let's just say that history dealt us a bad hand -
Should we just accept it?
Or should we take back what was once ours?!”
At a 'get-away' film shoot in Namibia, an Afro-German lead actor befriends a local crew member and gets an insider view into the racist tenets of those who continue to hold power over the country. After he himself becomes the victim of a racist assault, it unintentionally triggers a revolution that will turn the film's shooting location into the epicenter of action.
Let the upheaval begin.
Tyron Ricketts is the Founder and Managing Director of Panthertainment.
With more than 70 entries at IMDb, Tyron is the most successful black actor and producer in Germany. After producing and hosted the hip-hop programme “Word Cup” on Viva TV from 1995 to 2000, he began to combine entertainment and political messaging with short film projects such as “Afrodeutsch” (Sundance) and the transnational anti-racism music project Brothers Keepers. With the group Mellowbag, Tyron achieved chart-topping success as a musician with the album “Weltenreiter”. He continued his career as an actor with movies like “Bunte Hunde” and “Kanack Attack”.
He also acted in numerous TV series, including “Soko Leipzig”, “Dogs of Berlin”, and “Sunshine Eyes”. As creator, executive producer, writer, and actor he realized the first German Disney+ original “Sam: A Saxon”.
For the German government, he implemented integration programmes such as Respekt 2010 and Heimat Almanya. Tyron moved to New York in 2015 and conceived social media strategies against racism for Harry Belafonte. Tyron returned to Germany in 2017. Based in Berlin, he produces films and series with a focus on People of Color for the global market.
Bocar Thiam – COO of Panthertainment and Producer
Bocar Thiam has been working professionally since 2016. Throughout various film and series productions, he has gained experiences as a production manager, producer, and assistant director. For the DisneyPlus production, “Sam: A Saxon”, Thiam worked as a personal assistant to director Sarah Blaßkiewitz. In addition, he has worked as an executive assistant outside the film industry.
As the project lead, Bocar Thiam manages our collaborations with partners such as Netflix, DFFB, and Moin Filmförderung.
Through organizing film screenings, he brings BiPoC filmmakers together and strengthens the community.
Nora Abra – Team Assistant
Nora Abra has been supporting the team in the areas of social media and communication since 2021. After working in the department of set management on the set of “Sam: A Saxon” she is working in different positions in other productions. Now she is involved in the conception of our event series “MONEY TALKS” (AT), a workshop series on film funding for BIPoC filmmakers.
For Nora, #pocperspectives means telling the perspectives of Black people and People of Color in the mainstream media, breaking away from the white gaze and building our own networks.
Salimata Lucie Siegel – Social Media Redakteurin
Salimata Lucie Siegel is our Social Media Editor and is bringing several years of experiences in editorial work to the table. She worked in different media institutions, e.g. the rbb. She is enriching the team with her expertise in conception, the planning of campaigns, (video-) format development and hosting.
For Salimata, #pocperspectives is an attitude which is focusing on the experiences and opinions of People of Color. This representation, in different fields of the society, leads us step by step to a detachment of the present eurocentric worldview.
Iriedaily ⤫ Panthertainment
IRIEDAILY and PANTHERTAINMENT are joining forces.
Together, the Berlin Streetwear label and we are launching a shirt and hoodie collection that combines both companies’ philosophies.
Creativity, individuality and an alternative point of view has been connecting us for the last 25 years.
After working in different important positions for T- Online International, Napster, Apple and Universal Music Patrick, who holds a degree in Political Science from Frankfurt's Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, was named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Patrick Mushatsi-Kareba lives in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich.
Gina was the lead producer on the internationally acclaimed documentary film, “SING YOUR SONG”, exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of her father Harry Belafonte. Further, she runs link: http://sankofa.org/ text: Sankofa.org target:_blank), an organization that bridges entertainment with activism to promote cultural and civic engagement in the 21st century. Born and raised in New York City, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism in front and behind the camera, on the podium and on the streets.
As a philosopher for digitalization, Alexander is one of the most sought-after pioneers within his field in the German-speaking world. From 2009 to 2016 Alexander Markowetz was a junior professor in Computer Science at the University of Bonn, where he presented his findings as both media and computer scientist in his highly acclaimed book “Digitaler Burnout”.
After finishing her studies in London, Araba continues to work on national and international acting projects. She was a founding member and 2. board leader of SFD-Black Filmmakers in Germany, the first association of People of Color in film and tv in Germany. Since 2015 Araba is responsible for the cooperation department for "Stiftung Menschen für Menschen", a Munich and Addis Abeba based non-profit that is successfully pushing development cooperation in Ethiopia for the last 37 years.
Tahir is crucial part of the new black movement in Germany since 1986. Actively involved at ISD Munich, focusing on community work, film festivals, talks and panel sessions, Tahir became a chairman when the ISD society (ISD Bund e.V.) became national in 2001. Since then, among other tasks, Tahirs focus lies on the annual National ISD Meeting, the campaign “Stop Racial Profiling”, “No Blackfacing” and the exhibition “Homestory Germany”. Tahir was born in Munich and lives in Berlin.
Christoph is a bilingual author and filmmaker with a German-British background. Referred to as, "one of Europe's hottest screenwriters" by Screen International, Silber has won an International Emmy and worked on numerous successful films including "Goodbye Lenin", "Nordwand" and "My Last Day Without You", for which he was also a producer. He has resided in the U.S.A. since 2008.
Dawa Tarchin Phillips
Dawa Tarchin Phillips is Founder/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, a multi-national leadership development company. He is founder of The Mindful Leadership Tribe, an online community of mindful leaders. He is a mindfulness and meditation expert, author, entrepreneur, spiritual leader, researcher and educator. He is President of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, a global professional organization for Mindfulness teaching professionals from 27 countries. Dawa completed two 3-year meditation retreats and is a leading voice in the global mindfulness movement. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Forbes and Fast Company. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.
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