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Weinsteins rein in ‘Niko’

TWC takes English, LatAm rights

The Weinstein Co. has picked up the 3-D animated Christmas film “Niko & the Way to the Stars” for all English-language and Latin American territories.

Pic, directed by Danish helmer Michael Hegner and Finland’s Kari Juuson, follows the adventures of Niko, a little reindeer who joins forces with his furry pals to save Santa’s flying reindeer from the dastardly Black Wolf and his gang.

“Niko” was produced by Finland’s Anima Vitae and Cinemaker; Germany’s Ulysses; A. Film in Denmark; and Ireland’s Magma Films.

Deal was hammered out by Barry Gordon, exec VP of home entertainment, and Laine Kline, senior VP of business and legal affairs, on behalf of TWC, plus Irina Ignatiew, exec VP, international, and Kilian Steiner, head of business and legal affairs, for German distrib Telepool, which is handling international sales.

“Niko,” which has sold in more than 100 territories, will hit theaters next year. Universum is releasing the film in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia and Filmax in Spain.

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