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A Co. launches Czech, Slovak distrib

'Dream House,' 'Woman in Black' among releases

BERLIN — German licensing group A Company Consulting & Licensing has launched a film distrib in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The move follows the Berlin-based company’s acquisition of Budapest Film last year and continues its vertical expansion in Eastern Europe.

The new Prague-based firm, EEAP Film Distribution CZ-SK s.r.o., covers both markets in Czech Rep. and Slovakia.

Upcoming releases include Jim Sheridan’s “Dream House,” starring Daniel Craig; “The Ides of March,” directed and starring George Clooney; Daniel Radcliffe starrer “The Woman in Black”; Roger Donaldson’s “Hungry Rabbit Jumps” with Nicolas Cage; and the Wackowski siblings and Tom Tykwer’s “Cloud Atlas,” starring Tom Hanks.

EEAP CZ-SK will be a 100% A Company subsidiary, exploiting all theatrical and home entertainment rights in both Czech and Slovakia from Berlin affiliate, and A Company subsid Eastern European Acquisition Pool (EEAP). In addition, the distrib will act as EEAP’s local rep for TV and VOD sales.

EEAP CZ-SK will also handle theatrical releases from independent distribs in the territories, with a particular emphasis on acquiring and distributing local titles. The company will initially partner with Falcon on theatrical bookings in the Czech Republic.

Christine Daoudova will oversee the distrib as managing director.

Daoudova, a Czech native, joined A Company in 2005, handling sales and acquisitions before rising to manager and supervising TV and VOD sales across Central Europe from Prague.

Alexander van Duelmen, A Company chairman and CEO, said, “Establishing EEAP Film Distribution CZ-SK is the logical next step in our expansion strategy. Christine Daoudova is the ideal candidate to manage our new venture with the goal of becoming the leading independent distributor in both markets. We will also take advantage of corporate synergies between Budapest Film and EEAP CZ-SK to successfully release a diverse slate of entertaining and commercially viable films.”

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