Constantin, Eichinger reup

Contract extended until 2009

COLOGNE — Germany’s Constantin Film has extended Bernd Eichinger’s producer contract until March 2009, continuing their relationship of 26 years.

The agreement ensures that Eichinger will produce exclusively for Constantin and act as a consultant on other projects.

Eichinger has been in charge of international productions such as “The Name of the Rose” and “House of Spirits,” and more recently produced local blockbusters “Manitou’s Shoe,” “Nowhere in Africa” and “Downfall.”

In July, filming will start on period mystery “Perfume,” starring Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman, and directed by Tom Tykwer.

Eichinger stepped down as CEO at Constantin four years ago, but remained chair of the supervisory board.

He owns a blocking minority of 25.1% in Constantin and has an option to buy Highlight Communication’s 58% stake.

The news comes in the face of media reports that Eichinger is against plans to delist Constantin from the stock market. A proposal to this effect was made by Highlight shareholder Florian Homm, who suggested a Constantin-Highlight merger to cut administrative costs.

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