Ex-Kirch exec on buying spree

Stakes aquired in Light Motive, Chesler/Perlmutter, others

Another cashed-up Teutonic company is on a buying spree in Hollywood.

Former Kirch exec Hans Peter Kaufmann has just acquired majority stakes in Brad Krevoy’s Motion Picture Corp. of America, Roland Joffe’s Light Motive, David Kirkpatrick’s Original Voices, Canada’s Chesler/Perlmutter and U.K.-based sales outfit 2 Match.

Idea is to bundle the lot into holding company 2K Media Group and launch the new banner as an IPO on Germany’s still-hot Neuer Markt this fall.

Film financier Kaufmann, who is backed by private funding, acquired the interests during a low-key, 18-month shopping spree.

With former Rysher Entertainment topper Tim Helfet serving as prexy of 2K’s U.S. office in Los Angeles, 2K plans to allow each company to retain its separate identity.

2K also includes Kaufmann’s Munich-based dubbing company, Plaza Synchron, and production outfit MagicWorx Film and TV Produktion, which was launched early last year and is headed by Christian Beutel.

Partners with a past

The 2K partners have already worked together on a variety of projects.

“The Whole Shebang,” starring Bridget Fonda and Stanley Tucci, was produced by Original Voices and Magic Worx and is sold by 2Match.

Original and MagicWorx are developing Mary Agnes Donoghue’s “Time of Our Lives” as well as Terry Hayes’ thriller “Boxer’s Run,” and “Harry,” a film about a computer that develops a life of its own.

Chesler/Perlmutter is partnering with MagicWorx on “Bloody Surf.”

MPCA has a three-year, 12-pic deal at MGM as well as a three-year production partnership with Joffe. Under the existing agreement, MPCA is tapped to produce two of Joffe’s pics a year as well as developing joint TV and Internet activities.

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