Ahead of its floatation on the German stock market this year, Intermedia and Pacifica's recently-formed film and media company IM Internationalmedia AG has added some star-power to its supervisory board by appointing Hugh Grant.

The British actor will join other supervisory board members including Munich-based financial consultant Antoinette Hiebeler-Hasner, who acts as chairperson; German-based lawyer Stefan van Moers, who becomes deputy chairperson; and Munich-based producer Mathias Deyle. Grant will next be seen in Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks, a DreamWorks domestic release which Internationalmedia is handling in overseas territories.

Asked by a German reporter this week whether a deal might be in the offing between Internattionalmedia and the production company he founded with actress Elizabeth Hurley, Grant was quoted as saying: "I already have deal with another company. But once that deal expires in the next few years, then Internationalmedien is once of the companies that I would definitely consider."

Additional board members joining prior to the initial public offering are Matthias Hink, who is head of global finance at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London, and Tony Stewart, managing director of Hornbeam Holdings in Sydney. The supervisory board is to oversee the company's management board and represent shareholder interests.

Internationalmedia was formed in March by the merger of Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's UK and US-based Intermedia and Moritz Bormann's US-based Pacifica.