Babelsberg fueled by 'Ninja Assassin'

But net earnings were down compared with 2007

COLOGNE, Germany -- James McTeigue's actioner "Ninja Assassin" helped Germany's Studio Babelsberg to another profitable year, although the company's net earnings of €3 million ($4 million) and revenue of €65.9 million ($88 million) were sharply down compared with 2007, the year when Babelsberg played host to "The International," "Speed Racer" and "Valkyrie."

The German backlot has expressed concern about a drop-off in production dovetailing with the international financial crisis but Babelsberg started strong in 2009.

Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama "Inglourious Basterds," which will premiere in Cannes next month, wrapped at Babelsberg this year, and Roman Polanski's thriller "The Ghost" is now shooting there.
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