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Germany’s RTL, TMG Nab Hollywood Pics for TV

Package includes 'The Hobbit' and final three 'Twilight' titles

BERLIN – RTL Germany and Tele Muenchen Group have inked a wide-ranging licensing deal that includes the TV premieres of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and the last three installments of “The Twilight Saga.”

Chris Hemsworth starrer “Red Dawn” and Kevin James laffer “Zookeeper” will also make their TV premieres on RTL.

Local teen fantasy “Ruby Red,” about a 16-year-old girl who discovers the ability to time travel and becomes ensnared in a generations-old conspiracy, is also included in the deal.

The pic bowed last week in German cinemas with an estimated $1.1 million behind “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” via TMG-owned distrib Concorde.

Also part of the agreement are extensive rights to TMG’s library titles, including such high-profile films as the first two “Terminator” movies, three installments from the “Rocky” franchise, Pierce Brosnan starrer “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Wild Wild West,” with Will Smith.

In related news, Dirk Schweitzer, former TMG managing director and one-time head of sales and acquisitions at RTL, has been tapped to head Cologne-based distrib Splendid Film.

Schweitzer, who ankled TMG in October after only two years, replaces Splendid topper Andreas Klein, who will remain CEO of parent group Splendid Medien.

Splendid’s recent and upcoming releases include “The Last Stand,” “The Expendables 2,” “The Iceman,” “Hours” and “I, Frankenstein.”

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