Madrid company has 'Rage' on Berlin slate
MADRID — Kanzaman, co-producers of Ridley Scott’s “The Kingdom of Heaven” and Breck Eisner’s “Sahara,” has teamed with Israeli entrepreneur Abraham Pirchi to buy a controlling stake in 6 Sales.A Madrid-based sales company, which acquires titles worldwide, 6 Sales’ Berlin slate includes Sally Potter’s competish contender “Rage,” which stars Jude Law and Judi Dench, and the Robert De Niro-produced laffer “20% Fiction.” The Kanzaman-Pirchi buy coincides with the departure from 6 Sales of producer Enrique Posner, until now 6 Sales’ largest shareholder. Co-founder Marina Fuentes and her sales team remain at 6 Sales. With offices in Madrid, Paris, Monaco and Valencia, Kanzaman specializes in international co-productions, often depending on intricate financing structures. It has serviced several James Bond films and, most recently, “The Bourne Ultimatum.” “Close ties with a sales company can provide a producer with market intelligence and access to funding that, in today’s difficult market conditions, are key to putting films together,” said Kanzaman producer Denise O’Dell. For 6 Sales, the deal opens up the possibility of repping Kanzaman productions. Accessing more mainstream titles is one way of adapting to troubled markets, said Fuentes. Pirchi, co-owner of Israeli producer UCM, first tested 6 Sales as a sales agent with drama “Strangers,” which screened last year at Sundance. Kanzaman’s recent credits include Nia Vardalos’ “My Life in Ruins,” co-produced with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone.
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