Exec to continue to oversee production

BERLIN — Martin Moszkowicz will continue to oversee production at Constantin Film as Germany’s most successful indie production and distribution company is assimilated into the merger of parent group Highlight Communications and EM.Sport Media.

Constantin on Wednesday announced the extension of Moszkowicz’s contract through 2013, leaving him one of the few longtime company execs to remain at the group as it morphs into what will be one of Germany’s biggest media congloms.

Constantin is reshuffling executive posts following the exits of some of its top personnel. Moszkowicz’s responsibilities will be expanded to include film and TV production, theatrical distribution and marketing, international license trading, international distribution, sales and marketing, press relations and acquisition of German-language productions.

CEO Fred Kogel is stepping down in December and former distribution chief Thomas Peter Friedl ankled in March after 18 years to join RTL Group’s new production and distribution group UFA Cinema.

Bernd Eichinger, who took over Constantin in 1978, has an exclusive production deal and is the supervisory board’s deputy chairman but is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the company.

Moszkowicz joined Constantin as managing director and producer in 1989 and has overseen production since the group’s initial public offering in 1999.

He has been involved in more than 150 films, including recent hit “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” and countless TV productions.

He played a key role in setting up the company’s Los Angeles-based Constantin Film Development Inc., as well as in the acquisition of a number of subsidiaries, including leading production units Olga Film, Moovie — The Art of Entertainment, Rat Pack and Impact Pictures.

He was instrumental in broadening Constantin’s in-house production base to up to 12 pics per year.

Bernhard Burgener, who heads Highlight and EM.Sport and replaces Kogel as Constantin CEO, said that with the extension of Moszkowicz’s contract, “the foundations have been laid for sound corporate management and continued success in the best interests of our employees, customers and shareholders.”

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