Amberlon plug pulled

Partners changing direction, co. honchos say

LONDON — Amberlon Pictures, the joint London-based sales and production entity of Senator Entertainment and Pleswin Entertainment, is shuttering after just 17 months.

Company honchos say news is a result of both partners changing direction and comes in the wake of the launch of Senator Intl., a sales and production operation in Los Angeles.

“London was good for the first two years,” Senator Entertainment prexy Hanno Huth told Daily Variety. “But now the films that we are doing have reached another level, it doesn’t make sense to operate out of London. The time has come to diversify and to have U.S. pics handled out of Los Angeles.”

With the final details still under discussion, Pleswin prexy Peter Voortman said Amberlon would probably be reduced to a label.

According to Huth, Amberlon product will likely be handled by Senator Intl. Another alternative, Voortman said, is that the Amberlon label could be taken care of by a nonaffiliated company or possibly by Senator’s Berlin sales company. Senator is still undecided about what to do with its German-language titles. Companies still have a first-look sales agreement covering Senator and Pleswin product. And the companies plan to collaborate on production where it makes sense.

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