Former MTV Networks exec Elmar Giglinger has been tapped as co-managing director of German regional subsidy org Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg.
Swiss distrib Ascot Elite has acquired all German-speaking rights to Joel Schumacher's upcoming thriller "Trespass," starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.
Gaining substantially from the ad market rebound, German media giant Bertelsmann was back in the black after achieving a dramatic boost in net earnings and a record half-year operating profit.
Joan Rivers will open this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest with the U.K. preem of docu "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" on Nov. 3.
In a sign of a bleaker outlook for Screen Actors Guild members, the SAG health plan is tightening eligibility levels by 3% for next year -- and will probably continue to do so in subsequent years.
Freestyle Releasing and Cinemarket Films will unspool Andrei Konchalovsky's "The Nutcracker 3D" starting Nov. 24 in the U.S.
Wednesday night's Los Angeles Latino Film Festival closing ceremony saw Venezuelan/Cuban pic "Habana Eva," directed by Fina Torres, walk away with the Rita Award for best film.
Canadian production exec Ian McDougall, former head of production at Alliance-Atlantis, died of heart failure Aug. 24 in Pennsylvania. He was 65.
Japanese helmer Takashi Shimizu, best known for the "Ju-On" horror series and its English-language remake "The Grudge," will head the jury of the Venice Film Festival's Persol 3D award.
Helmer John Woo's upcoming pic "Flying Tigers" is set to get the Imax treatment.