New sales powerhouse to bow in Berlin
Thorsten Ritter, head of Bavaria Film Intl., will oversee Global’s international theatrical sales. Both Bavaria Film and Telepool are majority owned by affiliates of pubcaster behemoth ARD. Bavaria Film holds distribution rights of its own productions, and of productions from ARD affils WDR, BR, SWR and MDR. Telepool distributes movies and TV programs from ARD affiliates BR and SWR, Swiss broadcaster SRG, ARD’s acquisition and production arm Degeto, commercial broadcaster RTL and various rights owners from Germany and abroad. The existing libraries and program licenses will remain with the shareholders but will now be marketed internationally by Global Screen, which will also acquire and distribute new film and TV rights.Bavaria Film Group managing director Matthias Esche said: “This joint venture on equal terms will strengthen our international market position. In this way, a wide range of programs from various sources can be bundled and distributed in an effective manner.” Moser added, “Global Screen will not only continue the success story of its two shareholders, which bring in the combined experience of almost 100 years in foreign distribution, but will also receive a significant boost by joining of forces.”
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