Nordic major Egmont Entertainment has struck an output deal with Denmark's two most progressive production outfits, Zentropa and Nimbus Film, securing all theatrical and video distribution rights in Denmark.

"We are very proud to be working with Zentropa and Nimbus Film," said Kenneth D Plummer, managing director of Egmont Entertainment, "they both represent the innovative and creative filmmaking which have placed Denmark on the map as one of the leading film nations in Europe."

The first film released under the new deal is the sixth Danish Dogme-title Et Rigtigt Menneske (Truly Human), written and directed by Ake Sandgren and produced by Ib Tardini (Italian For Beginners) for Zentropa. Released locally on April 27 it will have it's international premiere in Cannes.

Egmont recently announced it would be handling Scandinavian distribution of Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, which started shooting in Copenhagen on April 20. The deal now also includes future projects from Nimbus Film.

Egmont also handles all distribution of Egmont-owned Nordisk Film product. The deal can be seen as a step in Egmont Entertainment's plans to reduce its dependence of US majors, having lost 20th Century Fox and MGM product. Egmont still handles Columbia Tristar as well as an increasing number of independent US product and Nordic features.

At AFM Egmont picked up We Were Soldiers Once, The Shipping News, View From The Top, The Hunted, Gold Coast, Heartbreakers and Four Feathers, amongst others.