Karsten Kastelan

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    MGM in talks to launch pay channel in Germany


    MGM Worldwide Television Group is in talks to launch a movie channel in Germany, according to Financial Times Deutschland.

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    Babelsberg to launch multimedia centre


    Germany's Babelsberg Studios is planning to add a state-of-the-art multimedia production centre to house up to 30 companies, with construction scheduled to start as soon as spring 2001.

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    Media[netCom] losses double due to start-up costs


    German video-on-demand (VoD) company media[netCom] has reported that its losses more than doubled in the six months to September 30, from Euros461,000 to Euros1.16m, due to the cost of building an infrastructure and licensing film packages.

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    Schuendler to head co-production at Bavaria


    Oliver Schuendler has been appointed to replace Carina Vogel as head of co-production at Bavaria Media, the international production and rights arm of German mini-major Bavaria Film.

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    Koenig's Helkon shares to stay in the family


    Germany's Helkon Media has announced that shares in the company belonging to the late Werner Koenig will be inherited by his mother, who is the sole beneficiary.

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    Kinowelt enters Bulgaria with Duga, Solaris


    Germany's Kinowelt is continuing to build up its Eastern European presence by setting up two distribution outfits in Bulgaria, one in partnership with local theatrical distributor Duga Entertainment and the other with video company Solaris.

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    Jetzt Oder Nie bags Luenen audience award


    Lars Buechel's Jetzt Oder Nie won the audience award at this year's Kinofest Luenen (November 16-19).

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    Kinowelt provides NBC Europe with prime-time fare


    Germany's Kinowelt has sold another tranche of titles to German TV, this time to cable station NBC Europe which plans to run them in prime-time slots, replacing its Tonight Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brian.

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    Bavaria, Rai strike co-production pact


    Munich-based Bavaria Media and Italy's Rai Cinema have formed a long-term alliance under which they will develop and co-produce television projects, and eventually theatrical features.

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    Helkon co-founder Werner Koenig dies in accident


    Werner Koenig, co-founder of Germany's Helkon Media, died on Sunday after being caught in an avalanche near Verbier, Switzerland, whilst scouting locations for upcoming feature The Extremists.

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    Meyer's Spoils wins funding from NRW


    German regional funding body Filmstiftung NRW has awarded $1.1m (DM2.5m) to Spoils, a co-production between Germany's Dazu Film and Belgium's Corsan, which is set to star Alec Baldwin and Linda Fiorentino.

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    Lost Killers wins main award at Cottbus


    Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze's Lost Killers was awarded the $8,800 (DM20,000) top prize at the 10th annual Cottbus Film Festival in Germany, which spotlights Eastern European films.

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    Germany's Filmfest Luenen to present editing prize


    For the second time, German film magazine Der Schnitt will present an award for Best Editing at the Filmfest Luenen (November 16-19) which will be accompanied by a cash prize of $6,600 (DM15,000) from funding body Filmstiftung NRW.

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    Berlin Film Festival to feature Lang tribute


    The 2001 edition of the Berlin Film Festival will honour director Fritz Lang with a retrospective, screening the complete filmography of the German director, who died in Los Angeles in 1976. Many of the prints that will screen have been restored from original negatives.

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    HOT joins bidding for Murdoch's TM3


    Munich-based home shopping network HOT Networks is in talks to acquire a majority stake in German broadcaster TM3, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Kirch Media was previously seen as a front-runner to buy the channel which has less than a 3% share of the German market.

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    CineMedia, TeleMuenchen pact for digital film


    Germany's CineMedia and TeleMuenchen have entered into a strategic alliance to develop digital cinema. TeleMuenchen will take a 7% stake in CineMedia as part of the deal.

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    Vienna gives top prize to Balkan drama


    Goran Rebic's take on the Balkan war, The Punishment, won the award for best Austrian film at the Vienna International Film Festival (October 13-25).

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    Mechanic named as Berlin jury president


    Former 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Bill Mechanic will preside over the jury at the next Berlin Film Festival, to be held February 7-18, 2001.

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    Splendid launches TV division


    German rights trader Splendid Medien has launched a New York-based television arm, headed by TV veteran Douglas J. Schwalbe.

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    Viennale to open with Le Gout Des Autres


    Agnes Jaoui's French hit Le Gout Des Autres will open this year's Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival (October 13-25). Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys will close proceedings.

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