Top Russian, German Film Professionals Join Board of Production Shingle A Company
"Stalingrad" director Fedor Bondarchuk, "Cloud Atlas" producer Stephan Arndt and ex-Russian Cinema Fund head Sergey Tolstikov named to supervisory board.
MOSCOW -- Three leading European film professionals have joined the board of Berlin-based A Company Filmed Entertainment.
German producer Stefan Arndt is joined by Russians, actor, director and producer, Fedor Bondarchuk and businessman and until recently head of the Russian Cinema Fund, Sergey Tolstikov.
Arndt, the founder of Berlin's X Filme Creative Pool and board member of the German Producers Alliance, has produced a string of top European films over the past 20 years, including Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and 2013 best foreign language Oscar winner, Amour.
Bondarchuk's latest film, 3D war drama Stalingrad has taken more than $51 million at the box office since its release mid-October, making it the most financially successful Russian film of all time.
Tolstikov has many years experience working in finance including a stint as senior VP at Russia's Alfa-Bank and a continuing role as an advisor to the chairman of the board at Russian industrial firm Transmashholding. He was executive director of the Russian Cinema Fund until earlier this year when the state body was taken over by the Russian Ministry of Culture.
The three new board members join other members that include chairman Alexander Rodnyansky, founder of Moscow-based A.R Films, lawyer Alexander Freys, and David Molner, head of Screen Capital International.
Rolf Bahr, Sergey Vasilev and Vagan Abgaryan are stepping down from the board.
In a statement, Alexander van Dulmen, A Company's CEO, paid tribute to Bahr, an attorney and former CEO of Filmforderungsanstalt Berlin.
"Rolf Bahr has supported A Company since its founding in 2002," Van Dulmen said. "I want to express my deep respect and thanks to Rolf, who has been and is an important partner for me and the company for many years."
He added that the new format of the board brought a range of expertise that would be an "important asset" for the company.
A Company provides independent filmed content in central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the CIS and Vietnam, through subsidiaries in Russia, Vietnam, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak Republics and a network of distribution partners.