Inside Move: Biz wants piece of Werk

Teutons take up slack of bankrupt f/x house

If consolidation is a sign of recovery, Germany’s f/x and post pr-duction biz is looking decidedly healthier.

Visual effects group Das Werk filed for bankruptcy late last year and its assets were quickly snapped up by industry rivals.

Berlin-based Cine Plus became the latest to acquire a former Das Werk unit when it took over one of the premiere subsidiaries, located at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, on April 2.

The unit, which specializes in digital f/x for feature films, will retain its staff and current projects, which include Wim Wenders‘ contribution to Martin Scorsese‘s seven-part docu series “The Blues” for PBS as well as Leander Haussmann‘s “Herr Lehmann” and X Filme’s comedy “Liegen lernen.”

Company continues to operate under the Das Werk moniker but will likely change its name in coming months. Managing director Andreas Schellenberg will remain in charge.

Meanwhile, Melanie Scharlau and Sebastian Hellge, former top managers at Das Werk’s Hamburg unit, are setting up their own post-production outfit in partnership with fellow f/x and post group VCC Perfect Pictures.

Das Werk’s Hamburg studio, along with four other subsids, was picked up last month by German production company Media Select.

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