Babelsberg lost $3.2 million in '09

German studio blames global economy, SAG strike threats

COLOGNE, Germany -- The "Inglourious Basterds" weren't enough to save Studio Babelsberg from red ink in 2009.

The German studio where Quentin Tarantino shot his WWII epic and which Roman Polanski picked as the backlot for "The Ghostwriter" booked a €2.4 million ($3.2 million) loss last year on revenues of €75.6 million ($102 million).

Babelsberg blamed the drop on the global economic crisis and last year's SAG strike threats, which it said delayed production starts worldwide.

The studio said it is on track for 2010 with two major shoots already in the can: Jaume Collet-Serra's thriller "Unknown White Male," starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, and Todd Lincoln's "The Apparition."

Roland Emmerich's period drama "Anonymous" is currently shooting at Babelsberg, as is Cate Blanchett-starrer "Hanna."
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