Sebastian Schipper's "Ein Freund von mir" (A Friend of Mine) will open the Hamburg Film Festival, which runs Oct. 5-12.
Vivendi subsidiary Universal Music Group (UMG) today signed an agreement to purchase Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing Group for EUR1.63 billion ($2 billion).
Sony Pictures TV Intl. will provide content for Deutsche Telekom's T-Online video-on-demand service that includes high-profile titles such as "The Legend of Zorro."
Germany saw a 9% box office boost in the first half of the year thanks to boffo biz from blockbusters including "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "The Da Vinci Code."
Citing improved business at its main profit centers in the U.K. and Germany, European broadcaster RTL Group posted a 19% revenue increase in the first half of the year to E2.85 billion ($3.65…
RTL Television will launch three pay TV channels and a video-on-demand service in Germany this fall.
First-half revenues in Germany's home video market fell for the first time since the introduction of the DVD, even though sales of TV series on DVD are booming.
While Universal Music appears to be in the best position to take over BMG Music Publishing from German media giant Bertelsmann, the sale continues to attract other bidders.
Distrib SevenOne Intl. has sold two-part catastrophe miniseries "Tornado" to more than 20 countries, including France, Spain and China, before its Sept. 4 premiere on local web ProSieben.
Germany's RTL Television channels and affiliates will join pubcasters ARD and ZDF, as well as ProSiebenSat 1 and paybox Premiere, on telco giant Deutsche Telekom's high-speed Internet TV service.
Teutonic telco giant Deutsche Telekom suffered a major blow Monday as the European Commission urged it to open its $4.2 billion high-speed broadband network to rivals in order to increase competition…