Eichinger buys out Cinedom stake

Producer takes over Germany's largest cinema

COLOGNE — German producer Bernd Eichinger has taken over full ownership in the country’s largest multiplex cinema from the creditors of the former Kirch Group.

Eichinger, who owned 46.5% in Cologne’s Cinedom theater, acquired the remaining majority with Thomas Peter Friedl, an exec at Eichinger’s shingle Constantin Film and Cinedom’s managing director.

Eichinger was one of the founders of Cinedom, which was built 16 years ago as a venue combining commercial programming with the quality standards, such as large screens, often neglected by multiplex chains. The spacious theater has 14 screens and 3,700-plus seats.

According to its booker, Kirch Group was a dormant partner with little influence; Eichinger’s takeover seemed the natural step after Kirch’s insolvency. He notes Cinedom plays in a league with Nuremberg’s Cinecitta and Munich’s Malteser theaters, which together reach a market share of more than 5% in Germany.

Meanwhile, Constantin Film reporter more license deals it signed in Cannes. In addition to French music biopic “La Vie en rose,” Constantin picked up rights to Exodus Film Group’s CG-animated feature “Igor,” handled internationally by the Weinstein Co, and to the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, which will star Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor.

Further German-lingo territory deals were reported by Senator and Kinowelt. Senator snatched up Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind, Rewind,” Un Certain Regard opener “Paris, je t’aime,” Richard Gere starrer “Spring Break in Bosnia,” docu “Wordplay,” “Brick” and “Son of Rimbaud.”

Kinowelt’s deals include “The Dead Girl,” “P2,” “April 23” and Morgan Freeman starrer “Feast of Love.”

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