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ZDF Enterprises, Koch Media partner on ‘Rule #1’

Splendid takes 'Red Machine,' 'The Colony'

BERLIN — International indie pics and genre titles are finding eager buyers in German-speaking Europe.

ZDF Enterprises and Munich-based distrib Koch Media have acquired rights to Reese Witherspoon comedy “Rule #1” for Germany and Austria.

Written and directed by Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”), the comedy centers on a young mother struggling with an obsessive washing and cleanliness disorder, which has already caused her husband to leave her.

The acquisition of the film, sold internationally by Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited, underscores a growing focus on theatrical distribution for both ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media.

“ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have already worked together successfully in the DVD area. As both companies are looking to increase their activities in the cinema sector, the continuation of this seasoned partnership makes sense, particularly with such a highly promising project,” said Margrit Staerk, director of acquisitions feature films at ZDF Enterprises.

Added Koch Media chief operating officer Stefan Kapelari, “Both the genre and excellent cast headed by Reese Witherspoon make ‘Rule #1’ a movie with huge commercial potential. Our partnership with ZDF Enterprises enables us to lay the foundation for the successful marketing of this feature film.”

Meanwhile, Cologne-based Splendid Film has nabbed a slew of high-profile features for German-speaking territories and the Benelux.

The company picked up David Hackl’s killer grizzly bear thriller “Red Machine,” starring Thomas Jane and James Marsden; Jeff Renfroe’s sci-fi thriller “The Colony,” with Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton; Dito Montiel’s heist drama “Empire State,” starring Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson.

In addition to the previously announced Joe Lynch’s actioner “Everly,” starring Kate Hudson, Splendid also bought Wayne Thornley’s 3D family animation title “Zambezia” as well as genre spoofs “Osombie,” John Lyde’s terrorist zombie laffer; and Craig Moss’ “Breaking Wind,” a send-up of “The Twilight Saga.”

The distrib likewise picked up Asian titles such as Korean helmer Kim Je-Woon’s sci-fi thriller “Doomsday Book” and Dante Lam’s actioner “Viral Factor.”

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