Constantin Film's Bernd Eichinger, Kinowelt's Rainer Koelmel and Road Movies' Uli Felsberg are among 16 leading German film and TV producers banding together to form a producers lobby group.

Dubbed FILM 20, the group will focus on representing the film and TV production sector when dealing with broadcasters, public funding bodies, politicians and legislators. It also aims to support young producers.

The move is to be unveiled on Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival. In an advance notice, FILM 20 said: "for some years there has been considerable dissatisfaction amongst German film-makers about their public representation. FILM 20 would like to change this."