About us

The UFA Film Nights are a project of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and UFA GmbH.
Since 2012, the companies have jointly presented selected silent films with live musical accompaniment in the heart of Berlin.

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has around 130,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.3 billion in the 2020 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. In 2021, Bertelsmann commemorates the 100th birthday of Reinhard Mohn, the Group's late post-war founder and longtime Chairman and CEO.

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As a creative content company with a close connection to its 186-year history, Bertelsmann is committed to the cultural community at various levels as part of its “Culture@Bertelsmann” activities. For example, the Group devotes itself to preserving important cultural assets, with a focus on making cultural heritage accessible, for example through digitization or exhibitions and concerts. For many years, Bertelsmann has organized the UFA Film Nights in Berlin and supported the screening of silent films at festivals around the world. The company also regularly acts as the main sponsor of the digital restoration of important silent films. The Group also owns the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan, which houses a wealth of unique testaments to Italian opera history. Bertelsmann is indexing the archive holdings according to the latest standards and making its cultural treasures accessible to a broad public. Since 2020, the “Culture@Bertelsmann” activities have increasingly shifted to the digital realm.

Over the past 100 years, UFA has created unforgettable images. It is the umbrella company for all German production activities of the internationally active media and entertainment company Fremantle, the worldwide production arm of Bertelsmann’s RTL Group. In 2017, UFA celebrated its 100th anniversary, making it one of the world’s oldest entertainment brands. With more than 3,500 hours of programming broadcast a year, today’s UFA Group presents itself as a powerful program creator that has steadily expanded its market leadership as a film and TV producer in Germany in recent years. UFA programs inspire and excite millions of viewers every day. The production units UFA Fiction, UFA Serial Drama, UFA Show & Factual and UFA Documentary operate under the UFA umbrella. High-quality fictional productions such as TV movies, series, serials and TV events are realized by UFA Fiction. First-class shows of all genres, from talent and game shows, to quiz, panel and dating shows, to comedy and music shows, as well as high-quality factual programs, emotional, journalistic and documentary, are created in UFA Show & Factual. UFA Serial Drama is the leading provider of industrial series productions. UFA Documentary focuses on documentaries, documentary hybrids and serial features.

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With currently more than 30 serial program brands, UFA has more long-running formats on the market than any other producer. UFA sets and develops trends with its programs, while also remaining committed to proven ideas and traditions. Its impressive track record comprises high-ratings series and shows like “SOKO Leipzig,” “GZSZ,” “Alles was zählt,” “Unter Uns,” “Ein starkes Team,” “Wer weiSS denn sowas?” “Deutschland sucht den Superstar,” “Take Me Out” or “Sag die Wahrheit.” Outstanding high-end drama series, event-scale TV programs, and TV movies like “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” (GENERATION WAR), “Ku’damm 56/59/63,” “Charité1/2/3,” “Deutschland 83/86/89,” “Hackerville,” “Altes Land” or “8 Zeugen” and feature films like “Der Junge muss an die frische Luft” or “Ich war noch niemals in New York,” as well as successful factual entertainment like “Bauer sucht Frau” (FARMER WANTS A WIFE), and social documentaries such as “Hartz und herzlich.”