The extension follows a busy Berlin for TMG during which Augsberger acquired German rights to Robert Redford's The Company You Keep and Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem from Voltage Pictures and John Carpenter's The Ward from Film Nation on behalf of TMG and its distribution arm Concorde Filmverlieh. Augsberger works closely with Concorde chief Markus Zimmer on all US acquisitions.
Augsberger has worked on numerous acquisitions for TMG, negotiating with Marvel Studios for Iron Man and securing German rights to the sequel - the only independent to hang on to the franchise. Concorde has also enjoyed enormous success with Summit's Twilight which has attracted over 2.1 million admissions since its release last month.
'Luckily these films are living proof that not only the majors can produce and distribute blockbusters that attract audiences around the world,' said Augsberger.
'Thomas has not only a fantastic knowledge of our business, excellent negotiation skill, great taste and ability to find the best project, but above all an admirable amount of energy and last but not least an impeccable business attitude,' said Kloiber. 'All of that clearly makes him an indispensable member of our team I didn't want to miss.'
'Augsberger is known to be one of the few trusted outside advisors of Herbert Kloiber,' says Summit Co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger who licensed Twilight to TMG.
Upcoming Concorde releases include Alex Proyas' Knowing starring Nicolas Cage, Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, Twilight: New Moon which will open in Germany on Jan 7, 2010, and Iron Man 2 set for May 2010.
In addition to consulting with TMG and other clients, Augsberger has several projects in development through Eden Rock including The Forgotten Soldier which has Paul Verhoeven attached to direct and a 13 part TV series set in the US Civil War called To Appomattox with Mikael Solomon attached to direct.