Rolf Deyhle and Bodo Scriba, partners in the Hamburg-based major Scriba & Deyhle, have split up.
Deyhle is now teamed with longtime associate Willi Bar in a new company, Deyhle/Bar Media Holding, while Scriba has launched Scriba Film Holding.
The former partners have divvied a multitude of Scriba & Deyhle companies between them.
Just shy of six years old, Scriba & Deyhle was Germany’s only “major” media group, active in production, co-production, acquisition, international rights, exhibition and distribution.
S&D’s TV trading company, Capitol, taken over by Scriba, is the only serious rival to mogul Leo Kirch’s empire in Germany. Company owns more than 700 features and 800 hours of TV programming. Scriba also gets the TV license distributor Urania.
Deyhle Bar Media’s Connexion production arm adds a TV rights arm, which has about 500 pic titles.
Scriba also takes over Alcor Film & TV, the sole parter of Arnon Milchan’s Regency Enterprises. Alcor has profit participation in Regency’s international distribution and holds rights to the pix in some territories.
U.S.-lensed pix budgeted at $ 20 million to $ 40 million are the cornerstone of DBM’s activities under the L.A.-based Capella banner, which falls on Deyhle’s side of the fence. In this year’s pipeline are the just-wrapped “The Real McCoy” with Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer.
Through a joint venture with Martin Bregman and Universal, DBM is behind Brian de Palma’s “Carlito’s Way,” toplining Al Pacino, and Alec Baldwin starrer “The Shadow.””The Black Dahlia” and “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” also are skedded to lense this year.
DBM will continue Euro production activities through Connexion Film, formerly a 50/50 S&D/Willi Bar joint venture. Current slate includes Mika Kauriismaki’s “Last Border”; “Business Affairs” with Carole Bouquet and Christopher Walken; and David Hamilton’s “Bilitis–My Love.”
On the home front, Connexion has a six-pic deal with German helmer Carl Schenkel.
Distribution of DBM-produced pix and acquisitions will continue in cooperation with UIP in Europe. Relationships with German distribs Tobis and Scotia will continue. Art fare will continue to be released under DBM’s Impuls Film banner, a former S&D subsid.
Scriba got the 30% of Tobis formerly held by S&D. Regency-produced films are distributed by Warner Bros. worldwide; other Alcor pix are released by Tobis.
DBM’s Video will be licensed through VMP, Warner Home Video and Screen Entertainment.
Scriba and Deyhle split their half-ownerships in German exhib groups Flebbe and Cinemaxx, accounting for 130 screens total.
Deyhle’s Hamburg-based legit Stella Group remains wholly owned and is not affected.