Kloiber takes TMG for spin at MIPCOM

'Flashpoint' among highlights of sales arm's lineup

CANNES -- German TV exec Herbert Kloiber is back in the MIPCOM fray with his newly launched sales arm TMG International.

The Munich-based company hit the ground running here with a 150-hour catalog spanning in-house productions from parent company Tele-Munchen Group as well as international acquisitions.

"After 39 years in the business, I decided a new trick was needed," Kloiber said from his yacht Wednesday.

Highlights of the TMG lineup include the CBS series "Flashpoint" and a new version of TMG's first-ever production, "Sea Wolf."

TMG International also is handling select territories on several titles acquired in the wake of the bankruptcy of indie producer Carolco, including "Basic Instinct" and "Rambo," and titles from a former collaboration with Japan's Toha-Towa and Barry Levinson, including "Wag the Dog" and "The Jackal."

Carols Hertel serves as head of international sales.

The launch follows a recent increase in production activity at TMG, which makes movies, TV shows and classical music programming.

It also marks a return to a sector of the business that had been a core part of the TMG remit, but that was scaled back in recent years.

"We have always been involved in distribution, but what's new is that we are acquiring product from third parties," Kloiber said.

Over the past several years, TMG farmed out many of its rights to other sales companies. "We will now be keeping all of our rights going forward," said Kloiber, who began his career in the sales business at the Kirch Group.
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