Busy outpost aims to increase local-language development and co-productions
As Fox Intl. Pictures Germany increases its local-language operations, it has added Anna Maria Zuendel (above right) and Magdalena Prosteder (above left) as production executives.
They’ll work closely with Vincent de la Tour, managing director of Twentieth Century Fox of Germany and Germar Tetzlaff, manager, marketing, of Twentieth Century Fox Germany with the goal to increase the co-production, acquisition and development of German-language films for FIP.
“Anna and Magdalena will be instrumental in continuing to build-out our local operations in Germany,” said Fox Intl. Prods. president Sanford Panitch in a statement. “Vincent de la Tour has done a superb job in both managing and distributing our local films in Germany, and this expanded production team brings additional strength to the already excellent local team.”
Last year, FIP Germany tapped producer Marco Mehlitz (“Mr. Nobody,” “A Dangerous Method”) to head up local-language development and production. Mehliltz will shift roles within FIP Germany and focus on English-language European/German co-productions, such as Fox’s upcoming “Agent 47,” which is scheduled to shoot in Berlin this year.
Fox’s most recent German-language release, “Break Up Man,” the follow-up to hit “What a Man,” grossed more than $25 million. The shingle is in post-production on two German-language films, the teenage comedy “Doktorspiele,” and the children’s book adaptation “Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten,” both co-productions with Lieblingsfilm. Both are set for summer release.
Prior to joining Fox, Zuendel worked as an independent producer; Prosteder was assistant producer at Neue Schoenhauser Filmproduction.