Constantin, Eichinger extend deal

Filming will start on Tykwer pic 'Perfume' in July

COLOGNE — Germany’s Constantin Film and Bernd Eichinger will continue their relationship of 26 years, and have signed an extension of his producer contract until March 2009, the company said Tuesday.

The agreement ensures that Eichinger will produce exclusively for Constantin and act as a consultant on other projects.

Eichinger has been in charge of international productions such as “The Name of the Rose” and “House of Spirits,” and more recently produced local blockbusters “Manitou’s Shoe,” “Nowhere in Africa” and “The Downfall.”

In July, filming will start on period mystery “Perfume” starring Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Tom Tykwer.

Eichinger stepped down as CEO at Constantine four years ago but remained as chairman of the supervisory board. He owns a blocking minority of 25.1% in Constantin.

However, he has signed an option agreement to buy Highlight Communication’s 58% stake in Constantin.

The news sidesteps media reports that Eichinger is against plans to delist Constantin from the stock market. A proposal to this effect was made by Highlight’s shareholder Florian Homm, who suggested a Constantin/Highlight merger to cut administrative costs.

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