Germany's well-earned reputation as one of the world's leading co-production countries continues to attract international projects despite growing competition from neighboring European states.
LONDON -- German-Dutch production company Hamster Film has set family film "Sputnik" as its first project.
European exhibs celebrated record box office grosses last year -- revenue rose 12% to more than $8 billion -- thanks in large part to 3D hits like "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Avatar."
Backlots aren't just for filming anymore. After years of being passive providers, studios have suddenly become active producers, eager to forge international partnerships as they seek cooperation…
Berlin-based production shingle Egoli Tossell is moving from Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station" to the chivalrous tales of Walter Scott with "Ivanhoe."
Bavaria Film Intl. has acquired international rights to Marco Kreuzpaintner's fantasy epic "Krabat," which is premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival next month.
Bittersweet comedy compensates for some third-act weaknesses in its overly loose script with simpatico playing from a name distaff cast and dry dialogue that keeps the tone light.
Commercial entrepreneurs have long seen regional TV as the domain of pubcasters, and many are put off by legal hurdles that differ from state to state that make launching local channels a minefield.