tellfilm was founded in 1997 by Stefan Jäger and Markus Kaeppeli under the name handsUP! Film Production in Lucerne. In 1998 the GmbH produced their first feature film MISGUIDED ANGEL, which was shot in the USA and sold worldwide. In 2001 Markus handed over the management to Stefan Jäger and lawyer Peter Jäger, who worked for the company until 2007.
When actor Stefan Gubsers joined the management in 2007, the company was restructured. Cooperation with actors was intensified, especially through extensive work on numerous screenplays. tellfilm GmbH, together with Turnus Film AG, implemented the return of Swiss television to the Tatort series.
Stefan Jäger, who studied screenwriting and directing at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and has been active as a film director for several years, has been the managing director ever since the company was founded. Katrin Renz has been working for tellfilm as a producer and dramaturge since November 2007 and has taken up the position of managing director in 2014, when Stefan Gubsers resigned. Katrin is from Berlin and worked for the MEDIA Program of the European Union, production companies in Germany and Austria as well as for the Master School in Screenwriting in Berlin. Patrick Merkle was employed as a producer in 2012, his focus being on documentaries. Previously, Patrick worked for Flying Moon Filmproduktion in Berlin on various feature film and documentary projects. Corinne Steiner joined in March 2018 and has been working as a producer and production manager for tellfilm.
In summer 2013 tellfilm Germany was founded with its headquarters in Berlin. Partners are Stefan Jäger, Katrin Renz and Oliver Schütte. Oliver Schütte is the managing director. The subsidiary was founded with the aim of producing its own projects with German roots. All three partners are involved in the film industry in Germany and particularly connected in Berlin.
In addition to the successful production of various feature and documentary films (BLUE MY MIND, TIERE, DER GROSSE SOMMER, HORIZON BEAUTIFUL, HELLO GOODBYE, BOXING JESUS), television films (TATORT – WUNSCHDENKEN) as well as documentary film series for Swiss television (SRF HE!MATLAND – SCHULE MACHEN, CYRILL TRIFFT, SF BI DE LÜT – SCHLOSS BIBERSTEIN and SF BI DE LÜT – DAS KLEINE PARADIES) tellfilm has developed several screenplays in recent years (MONTE LIBERTÀ, KARMA HOUDINI, AXEL EUROPE, THE GUARD and others) and has just closed the financing for a series development (SECONDO).