Constantin, Dare Filmz ink first look deal

Bora Dagtekin, Marie-Amelie Rechberg's production company

COLOGNE, Germany -- German indie giant Constantin Film has singed a first-look deal with Dare Filmz, the U.S. production company owned by German screenwriter Bora Dagtekin and producer Marie-Amelie Rechberg.

Dagtekin is one of Germany's hottest television writers, with credits that include hit comedies "Doctor's Diary" (RTL) and cross-cultural family sitcom "Turkish for Beginners" (ARD). "Turkish For Beginners" has won a raft of German and international awards, including the Banff Rockie Award for best series last year. Dagtekin also wrote the script to the politically-incorrect comedy "Where is Fred?" (2006) starring Til Schweiger.

Under the agreement, Constantin will have first crack at TV and film projects developed by Dagtekin and Rechberg for the German and international market.