BERLIN — Universal Pictures is set to become the second major to set up a local-language production arm in Germany following a similar move earlier this month by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
David Linde, Universal co-chairman, told local trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film that the studio was creating a local feature film production unit in Berlin.
As Universal expands globally, Germany is one of the countries in focus, Linde said, adding that the studio was “beginning to invest a lot of money in production outside the U.S.”
Linde is expected to unveil the studio’s German strategy, and the person who will oversee the new production office, during the Berlin Film Festival, which kicks off Feb. 7.
U is already involved in local co-production and distribution and has scored major success with the comedy franchise “7 Dwarves.” It’s releasing Christian Goerlitz’s upcoming 1980s-set laffer “Fleisch ist mein Gemuese,” starring Maxim Mehmet, which hits theaters April 17, as well as Peter Kahane’s children’s film “Die rote Zora,” which opened last week.
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The announcement follows Sony’s own effort to set up its European production headquarters in Berlin earlier this month with the appointment of Maike Haas as veep of international production, Europe.
Haas will oversee the European operation for the division, identifying and developing film productions, with a focus on German-language and pan-European fare.