German TV producer Christian Bauer dies

Cologne, Germany -- Christian Bauer, founder and CEO of German TV production group Tangram Filmproduktion, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 61.

Bauer was one of Germany's most successful TV producers, specializing in documentaries for German public broadcasters. Among his best-known works are "The Ritchie Boys" (2004) about an elite U.S. intelligence unit formed in World War II and made up mostly of German Jewish emigres and "Missing Allen" (2001), a look at the conspiracy surrounding the strange disappearance of Chicago cameraman Allen Ross.

Bauer set up Tangram in 1994 and built it into one of Germany's largest production houses. Production partner Dagmar Biller will take over as head of the company.

Tangram has set up a space for messages of condolence on its website

Bauer will be buried at a private ceremony on Friday.
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'Lost' found in EFA docu noms

'Lost' found in EFA docu noms
LONDON -- Organizers have unveiled the runners in this year's race for the European Film Academy's best documentary award as well as the names of the jurors who will decide which film is first past the post. Among the nine feature-length docs competing for EFA's Prix Arte, to be presented at a Dec. 7 ceremony in Rome, is Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Lost in La Mancha, which chronicles Terry Gilliam's trials and tribulations when trying to adapt The Adventures of Don Quixote to the big screen. The other titles in the running are Even Benestad's All About My Father, Enzo Balestrieri and Stefano Moser's Clown in'Kabul, Nicolas Philibert's To Be and to Have, Damian Pettigrew's Federico Fellini: I'm a Born Liar, Andre Heller and Othmar Shmiderer's Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin's Le peuple migrateur (Winged Migration), Christian Bauer's Missing Allen and Stefan Jarl's The Bricklayer. The jury members are U.S.-based Russian documentary Marina Goldovskaya, French producer Luc Martin-Gousset and German film school director Simone Stewens. The documentary prize is presented in association with French-German cultural channel Arte.

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