Czech director leaving over marketing, tax incentives

Barrandov general director Vladimir Kuba has been ousted after more than three years at the Czech Republic’s largest and oldest studio due to tensions over marketing, film tax incentives and delays in Barrandov’s launch of digital TV.

The studio, which posted 2006 net profits of $2.7 million, is running at 70% capacity, with more American projects than most other European studios including Stephen Sommers’ “GI Joe” and several commercials, according to Kuba.

Last year Barrandov hosted “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “Babylon A.D.”

Kuba plans to continue working with the Czech Audiovisual Producers Assn. to get tax breaks for foreign productions. The Czech Finance Ministry recently delayed introducing the incentives yet again, Kuba said.

The ministry argues against film tax breaks because it maintains they unfairly favor one sector. Kuba has been a key Barrandov crusader for the tax breaks.

Tensions with Barrandov were also caused by his major marketing expansion at the 75-year-old giant.

Barrandov spokeswoman Dusana Chrenekova had no comment on the reshuffle but indicated a statement was pending.

Jana Vozarova, Barrandov’s financial director, becomes general director and also was named director of Barrandov Television Studio and digital venture TV Barrandov.

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