Pact covers production slate through 2011

BERLIN — German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and the territory’s leading producer-distrib Constantin Film have extended their licensing pact through 2011.

The deal covers a slew of local pics and international co-productions, including the highly anticipated vampire drama “We Are the Night,” from “The Wave” helmer Dennis Gansel, and 3D animated film “Animals United,” an adaptation of Erich Kaestners children’s classic.

The agreement encompasses the free TV rights for Constantin’s production slate for ProSiebenSat.1′s channels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The TV group has remained an essential partner for Constantin, which relies largely on broadcaster backing for its feature film productions. The distrib described its long-time partnership with ProSiebenSat.1 as “one of the cornerstones” of its success.

While the agreement includes only Constantin productions and co-productions, the distrib usually obtains all rights for Germany on licensed film acquisitions, but sells those TV rights title by title or in small slates to diverse broadcasters, according to Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin’s head of film and television.

In view of the shrinking international indie film biz and its own considerable movie output, Constantin’s focus has largely remained on its in-house productions.

“We will also continue to buy rights when we get the right title for the right price,” Moszkowicz said, but added: “Overall we will reduce the number of films we distribute and focus on fewer titles.”

Additional high-profile pics in the ProSiebenSat.1 deal include Uli Edel’s “Zeiten aendern Dich,” starring German rapper Bushido; “Jerry Cotton,” an action comedy based on Germany’s most successful pulp series; tyke title “Hier kommt Lola”; Doris Doerrie’s “The Hairdresser” and Ralf Huettner’s “Vincent will Meer,” a road movie about a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome seeking to fulfill the final wish of his deceased mother.

ProSiebenSat.1 has long-term contracts with almost every major Hollywood studio and leading production shingle and license peddler, including Fox, CBS, Paramount, Disney, Warner, MGM, Lucasfilm, Sony and DreamWorks, as well as local distribs Tobis and Kinowelt.

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