Videocine’s Von Damm ankles for film

Topper to pursue pic projects

Eckehardt Von Damm, head of Mexican media conglom Televisa’s film distrib, Videocine, has ankled after nearly 12 years as its director to pursue unspecified film projects.

Tuesday was his last day; no replacement has been named.

Von Damm, who took over in 1995, oversaw the fusion of Televisa’s then-separate production arm with Videocine.

Under Von Damm, Videocine produced or co-produced more than 20 films, including “La segunda noche,” the first Videocine-Warner Bros. co-production, and “Efectos secundarios,” the indie studio’s latest co-production.

Videocine had been bleeding money for several years, but this year it outpaced Mexico’s other major indie distrib Gussi, largely on the success of toon “Una pelicula de huevos,” which grossed $12.8 million and became the second highest grossing domestic hit in recent history.

Von Damm launched U.S. theatrical distrib Televisa Cine in 2004, which scored a hit with its first release, “A Day Without a Mexican.” But subsequent releases faltered and the distrib shuttered this year.

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