TMG lassos ‘Iron Man 3’

Company handling extensive German-lingo rights

BERLIN — Tele Muenchen Group is continuing its distribution deal with Marvel Studios on “Iron Man 3.”

The Munich entertainment company has acquired theatrical distribution rights for the armored super hero’s next outing — due to hit theaters in 2013 — for Germany and Austria.

TMG also has taken German-language home video, TV and new media rights for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and the German-speaking Alto Adige region of Italy.

In Germany, “Iron Man 3” will go out via TMG’s theatrical arm Concorde Filmverleih and Concorde Home Entertainment. Concorde also distributed the first two “Iron Man” films.

TMG will likewise handle all remaining rights, including VOD, NVOD (electronic sell-through and subscription-on-demand) and TV (PPV, pay and free TV, IPTV and mobile) in Germany.

Writer-director Shane Black is set to begin principal photography on the pic next month in North Carolina before moving to China. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are returning for the third installment, which is being co-produced by Marvel, Disney China and DMG Entertainment.

“Iron Man 3” is scheduled to hit North American screens on May 3 next year.

TMG owner and chief exec Herbert Kloiber said the film would “not only add value to the line-up of our subsidiaries, it is also another highlight in our program catalog that we can offer German TV broadcasters on all levels of exploitation.”

Rob Steffens, Marvel’s general manager of operations and finance, added, “TMG has been an exceptional and trusted partner of Marvel since the launch of the first ‘Iron Man’ in 2008 and we are pleased they opted to handle the German-language distribution for ‘Iron Man 3’ as well.”

The deal was negotiated by Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media on behalf of TMG and by David Galluzzi for Marvel.

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