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Kinowelt buys distrib Rialto

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BERLIN — German indie distrib Kinowelt Medien has acquired Swiss distributor Rialto Film, Kinowelt announced on Wednesday in Munich. Zurich-based Rialto is the third-largest independent distributor in Switzerland, specializing in English-language arthouse pics. Rialto will retain its current management.

One of Germany’s leading indie distribs, Kinowelt has been publicly listed since May. The Kinowelt group’s revenues rose 58% to 87 million marks ($49 million) in the first half of 1998.

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