Constantin Filmverleih taps Peipp

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COLOGNE, Germany -- Matthias Peipp has been named co-director in charge of rights trading at Germany's No. 1 indie film group, Constantin Filmverleih, Constantin said Friday.

Peipp joins current Constantin Filmverleih director Thomas Peter Friedl and will handle oversight of the sales and acquisition of film and TV rights for the Munich-based company. He will report to Constantin CEO Fred Kogel.

Peipp's appointment is part of Constantin's restructuring of its licensing business. The collapse of rights giant KirchMedia in 2002 meant many of the licenses for Constantin films and TV, once locked up in output deals, have now returned to the company.

"(This) has made it necessary for us to appoint a separate director with responsibility for the license trading operations at the company and to restructure these operations as a result," Kogel said.

Peipp will now head the company's entire licensing operation. Herman Weigel, responsible for the license acquisitions from U.S. majors and Yoko Higuchi, who handles indie acquisitions, will report to Peipp. Higuchi also will work with Peipp on the sales side.

Peipp earned experience in the rights business during his time at German TV channel Pro7, where he helped set up the film acquisitions department, and one-time high flyer Helkon Media. Since 2000, Peipp has been a managing partner of management consultancy group CineAtlantica, which specializes in valuing rights assets and advising on M&A activity.
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