Danish producer SaritaChristensen and director Anders Morgenthaler, the team behind this year's Cannesanimation title Princess, have brokenaway from Zentropa to establish their own company to deliver cutting-edgeentertainment for kids and families. The new production company's name will be Copenhagen/Bombay.
"There wasn't enoughspace for all the talent at Zentropa in one company structure," Christensen tellsScreenDaily.com. "This goes for bothspace enough to be heard inside the company and bottleneck situations with alot of Zentropa talent seeking out the same state funds. There is only so muchfunding allocated to one company name since we live in a country with lots offilm talent and a fixed amount of government financing."
Copenhagen/Bombay'sfirst feature project will be Morgenthaler's third feature The Worm And The Apple, which will be shot next year. First,Morgenthaler will finish his second feature, Echo, which is a live-action project with Zentropa.
With a staff of 10people, a considerable size for a production company in Denmark,Copenhagen/Bombay aims to deliver one big feature film or TV series each year alongwith shorts and medium-length films. A deal for several children's programmeslots has already been struck with public broadcaster DR.
Christensen raisedmoney from Egmont and Nordisk Film to establish the company. Copenhagen/Bombay hasset out a business plan for its first two to five years, depending on outsidefunding. "We have secured a situation where we can develop new projects andinvest in our own films without too many sleepless nights for the first coupleof years," Christensen says.
Nordisk Film's CEO,Michael Ritto, will serve on the company's board and Vibeke Windelov, Lars vonTrier's producer for many years, has been convinced to come back to the filmbusiness to executive produce Anders Morgentahler's next films.