Senator elects Weber

Teutonic co. moves back to L.A.

Germany’s reconfigured Senator Entertainment is back in action in Los Angeles and ready to make movies.

Senator chief content officer Marco Weber — who led the consortium that bought the Teutonic company late last year as it was emerging from bankruptcy — will be prexy-CEO of the Stateside operation, which will be headquartered in Los Angeles.

Weber said the U.S. arm will pursue original productions, and intends to turn out four to six indie titles a year. He will oversee all creative aspects, including development, production, distribution and acquisitions.

The first projects will be announced next month.

Later this summer, Senator U.S. will absorb Atlantic Streamline, Weber’s former production and financing shingle, which turns out low-budget to midrange films. Atlantic’s production credits include “Igby Goes Down” and “The 13th Floor.” Last month at Cannes, Atlantic sold “Grimm Love” to more than 20 territories.

Vanessa Coifman, who worked with Weber at Atlantic, will serve as exec VP of production in the new venture.

Senator’s previous U.S. office closed in early 2005, after prexy Joe Drake completed a management buyout and launched Mandate Pictures.

Last month, Weber spearheaded Senator’s aggressive push at Cannes. Company left the market with Jack Black starrer “Be Kind, Rewind,” which will be distributed domestically by New Line; Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation,” which will be distribbed in the U.S. by Fox Searchlight; and Richard Gere/Terrence Howard starrer “Spring Break in Bosnia,” which the Weinstein Co. will release domestically.

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