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German firm sets up shop in H’wood

Pro Media, a German post-production company, has set up a subsidiary to make movie and TV fare for the European market and hired “Good Morning, Vietnam” producer Ben Moses to run its Hollywood office.

Export hopes

While the movies will be aimed at primarily European audiences, the company, Pacific-Rheinland Prods. GmbH, hopes to export some of its offerings to the U.S. To that end, the movies will be shot in English, dubbed into various European languages and have American leads or co-leads.

Moses will be on the prowl for American scripts, but the company also wants to line up high-quality, non-Hollywood fare, and keep budgets under $ 5 million.

“Every A-list writer in this town has a favorite script tucked away that they can’t get made because it isn’t a Hollywood picture,” Moses said.

Euro coin

In addition to the money put up by Pro Media, Pacific-Rheinland Prods. has lined up an undisclosed sum from a pool of European investors to make movies, Moses said. And as a European company, Pacific-Rheinland Prods. plans to tap government subsidy money to produce its films — money the U.S. government tried , but failed, to eliminate from the recently adopted General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

“They know they have subsidy money and they have significant European distribution connections,” Moses said of the new venture.

Project strategy

Pacific-Rheinland Prods. hopes to start two or three projects this year and another five or six in 1995. The first movie is a political thriller involving an undercover FBI agent who penetrates the American and German neo-Nazi movements. The script, in its early stages, is being written by Pacific-Rheinland Prods. co-managing director Douglas Graham and Kurt Volkert, a veteran TV scribe.

Pacific-Rheinland Prods. also has a movie in development with RTL, the German television network.

Moses, who also produced the Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley starrer “Without a Clue,” was a Vietnam disc jockey with Adrian Cronauer, on whose life “Good Morning, Vietnam” was based.

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