Exec will start her own shingle

BERLIN — Gabriela Bacher has ankled as production exec at Fox Intl. Prods. but will continue to produce pics for the studio under her own independent banner as part of a new production deal.

Bacher, who was tapped to head Fox’s fledgling division in 2009, has brought a number of high-profile projects to the studio. These include Christoph Waltz’s directorial debuts “Up and Away” and Matthias Schweighoefer’s “What a Man,” both romantic comedies — arguably the most successful genre at the German box office.

Bacher is also overseeing Ingo Rapser’s romantic comedy “Vatertage” from Munich-based Claussen-Woebke-Putz.

Before moving to FIP, Bacher was a consultant for Fox Germany on local acquisitions and oversaw the development and production of Frieder Wittich’s “13 Semester,” Marco Kreuzpaintner’s “Krabat” and Maggie Peren’s “Stellungswechsel.”

Bacher, who briefly ran Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures in 2002, also introduced Berlin-based distrib Majestic to Fox, which resulted in a distribution agreement that saw the release of hits including Doris Doerrie’s “Cherry Blossoms,” Philipp Stoelzl’s “North Face” and Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave.”

Bacher said the new collaboration with FIP, announced Wednesday by FIP prexy Sanford Panitch and Fox Germany managing director Vincent de La Tour, will allow her to put a stronger focus on films, adding that it was her “ideal scenario.”

FIP is looking for someone to replace Bacher as production exec.

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