Relationship began with 'Monster' financing

BERLIN — German media fund VIP has tapped indie film maven and financier Lew Horwitz as a consultant as it moves to expand its position in the international film industry.

Agreement with Horwitz, founder and prexy of the Lewis Horwitz Organization, continues a relationship that began with the financing of “Monster.”

“With Lew Horwitz and his 33 years of experience in film financing, we have gathered a competence that is second to none,” said VIP topper Andreas Schmid.

VIP, which raised $280 million to finance pics in 2003, is bankrolling Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Adrien Brody starrer “The Jacket.”

LHO, founded in 1980, has financed 400 pics with more than $1 billion, including “9½ Weeks,” “The Virgin Suicides,” “Ali” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Company is owned by Imperial Capital Bank.

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