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COLOGNE, Germany -- German indie production powerhouse Constantin Film has extended its output deal with broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 for another two years, through 2008, the companies announced Tuesday.
The arrangement will give ProSieben German free-TV rights to all of Constantin's in-house productions, including new comedy titles from directors Leander Haussmann (Berlin Blues) and Oscar-nominated Marc Rothemund (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.)
Constantin first signed with ProSieben in February 2005. Films delivered under that output agreement include boxoffice hits Perfume -- The Story of a Murderer, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and German kids film Hui Buh -- The Goofy Ghost.
Under a separate deal, Constantin licensed a package of high-profile film titles to ProSieben. These include the George Clooney thriller Michael Clayton, horror sequel The Grudge II, Asterix At The Olympic Games featuring Gerard Depardieu and Alain Delon and Bridge To Terabithia, the upcoming fantasy feature from Chronicles of Narnia producers Walden Media.
Tuesday's deal follows ProSieben's three-year, $300 million licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television (HR 10/28) and comes as reports are circulating that the German broadcaster is being put up for sale. By buffing up its feature films slate, ProSieben could be improving its bargaining position for a future sell-off.
COLOGNE, Germany -- International sales outfit Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide licensing rights to hit German children's film Hui Buh starring Germany's number one comedian Michael Bully Herbig. Beta will be selling the picture, which has spent the last seven weeks in the German top 10 and has earned around 10 million ($13 million). Based on a best-selling German audio book, the story of a bumbling cowardly ghost also stars Heike Makatsch and Christoph Maria Herbst. Beta will be presenting Hui Buh to buyers for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also on Beta's Toronto slate is Stasi drama The Lives Of Others, Chris Kraus' Four Minutes about a criminal-piano prodigy and Hans Steinbichler's Winter Journey, which opened this year's Munich Film Festival. »
COLOGNE, Germany -- Reinhard Klooss has joined leading German indie production company Constantin Film, the company announced Tuesday. Klooss, whose producing credits include Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar, Buffalo Soldiers and Comedian Harmonists, will focus on Constantin's family entertainment and animation division. Constantin is expanding into CGI animation production with the July 20 release of family-friendly comedy Hui Buh -- The Castle Ghost, featuring German comedian Michael "Bully" Herbig. »
3 items from 2006
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