Even while studying at the Filmacademy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Eric Bouley and Christopher Sassenrath co-produced the TV-movie „A Child is Missing“ based on a true story in 2017. Its first broadcast on Arte on December 15, 2017, reached a sensational 1.81 million viewers in Germany and 1.26 million in France, breaking a number of Arte records. “A Child is Missing” is currently ranked second on the Arte’s all-time leaderboard of audience ratings in Germany. The main broadcast on ZDF on October 22, 2018, reached more than 5.4 million viewers. In addition the film was honored with the Best Actor Award for Heino Ferch and the Audience Award at the German TV-Crime Festival Wiesbaden and was nominated as Best Production for the Awards of the German Academy of Television in 2018. In 2018 & 2019, handwritten Pictures co-produced – in the same composition behind the camera as “A Child is Missing” – another TV-film inspired by actual events for ZDF and Arte. “Hunt for the Bosses” will be broadcast on Arte on October 18, 2019, and at a later date on ZDF. In February 2020, the shooting of the High-End TV-series „Wild Republic“ began, which is being produced for MagentaTV as well as Arte, WDR, SWR and One.
Eric Bouley and Christopher Sassenrath have already been successful during their studies at the Filmacademy Baden-Wuerttemberg, i.a. with the production of the sci-fi short film „Kryo“ (main prize as Best Genre Film, Genrenale, Berlin 2016; nomination Producer’s Award at the Sehsuechte Student Film Festival 2016). In 2016, Bouley and Sassenrath won the Prime Time Award from ProSiebenSat.1 for a TV movie concept. They were honored twice with the RTL Start-Up prize: in 2016 for a sitcom concept and in 2017 for a series concept. In 2018, they received the first SKW Schwarz stipend within the framework of the Berlinale. In 2016, handwritten Pictures provided German service production/production management to the Austrian-German feature film “The Best of All Worlds,” which won the “Kompass-Perspektive” award at the 2017 Berlinale Festival and five Austrian Film Awards, among other honors.
Since 2018, handwritten Pictures GmbH is a 51-percent subsidiary of X‑Filme Holding GmbH. Since June 2021 the company is called X‑Filme Production GmbH.