The new distribution outfit will be managed by Peter Sundarp and Peter Heinzemann and originates from the Berlin-based 'booking & billing' service agency Central Film Vertriebs GmbH, which had previously been 51% owned by Senator Entertainment.
Managed by Sundarp, Central Film Vertriebs had handled the physical distrbution of all of Senator Film Verleih's own releases exclusively as well as individual titles from other independent German distributors.
The first releases of Central Film Verleih will be The Flying Scotsman from ContentFilm and Breach from Sidney Kimmel, which will be handled for the German distribution on behalf of MGM, and Clerks II, School For Scoundrels and Shut Up And Sing by The Weinstein Company.
Commenting on the the deal for Central, Senator Entertainment board member Marco Weber explained that Senator Film Verleih had 'already reached a full capacity' with more than 20 productions acquired by Senator as well as its in-house productions.
Given the intensive contacts in the US market leading to further collaboration with TWC, MGM and future partners, Senator would generate an additional 10-12 films per year which would pass through the new Central Film Verleih channel. 'Consequently, we will have over 30 cinema releases per year in future,' Weber said.