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Tradewinds Entertainment has completed a number of all-rights deals for “Out of Control,” starring Sean Young and Tom Conti.

Completed deals include Atlas Film and Medien for Germany, Manga Film for Spain, Playarte Pictures for Brazil, VCKappa for Italy, and Nordisk Film for Scandinavia. Vision Africa took South African rights. Deals have also been completed for select territories in Malaysia, Turkey and the Middle East.

“Out of Control” is a Kingsborough/Greenlight production written and directed by Richard Trevor and produced by Pieter Kroonenburg and Julie Allen, with John Buchanan executive producing.

Jason Robards has been cast in the family adventure “Dog of Flanders,” it was announced by Mark Damon, MDP World-wide chairman and CEO. MDP is licensing the foreign rights for the project with WB handling U.S. distribution.

All rights have been picked up by Japan’s Gaga Communications, France’s Film Office, and Aurum Film for Spain. Village Roadshow picked up rights for Australia and Greece, while World Vision snagged rights for CIS. Other takers include Poland’s Best Film, Israel’s Forum Film, and Medyavizyon for Turkey. Italia Film took all Middle East rights, while WB will cover the U.K.

Dream Entertainment has sold the action thriller “The Pass” to Leda Film for all of Latin America, excluding Brazil and Mexico, with those territories going to Swen Intl. and Quality Films. Motion Intl. acquired the film for both French and English speaking Canada, and Apex bought the pic for Taiwan.

HBO has acquired satellite rights only for all of Asia.

Dream has completed deals with Rocvale Film for Australia, Telepool for Germany, Eagle Pictures for Italy, Suray Film for Malaysia, Piano Films for Turkey and Videosonic for Greece.

Helkon Media has invested in a Munich-based state-of-the-art sound studio facility, it was announced by Martin Heldmann and Werner Koenig, co-presidents of Helkon Media.

The Tonwerk studio was established last year by Eckard Goebel, managing director and chief sound engineer. The fully digital studio provides facilities for dubbing, radio, TV and cinema blurbs as well as feature films.

Helkon, which recently announced the formation of its animation studio, has been diversifying investments of its physical production unit and distribution operation (including its theatrical arm, Nil Distribution) to become a more vertically integrated company.

Prior to Tonwerk, Goebel was a partner of Munich-based Solid Sound, the first studio in Europe to produce digital sound on feature films.

The U.K.’s High Point & the Film Company Group has sold “The People’s Princess” to U.K. broadcaster Channel 5.

The Mirror Television and Artemis Films pic is in production and stars Amy Seccombe as Princess Diana and George Jackos as Dodi Fayed. The feature-length, $3 million telefilm will trace the last year in her life. It will debut in April on the U.K.’s Live TV.

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