Troubled German rights trader Intertainment aims to be more of a "hands on" producer in the future, through such production alliances as the one forged last year with veteran US producer Arnold Kopelson.

Speaking at the shareholders general meeting yesterday, Intertainment CEO Barry Baeres explained that, due to the prevailing market conditions in Germany, the company will now shy away from making acquisitions of third-party titles to license. However, a source at Intertainment stressed that this did not mean that the Munich-based company would be closing down acquisitions completely.

According to a report of the shareholders meeting by business service vwd, Intertainment could expand its collaboration with Kopelson over and above the planned minimum of ten films over five years as capacities would be freed up by the termination of the partnership with Franchise Pictures.