Distribution chief Friedl to quit Constantin


MUNICH -- Thomas Peter Friedl, German indie film house Constantin Film's chief officer for distribution, marketing and central services, will leave the company to meet "new professional challenges" when his contract with Constantin runs out Jan. 31 the company said Tuesday.

"After more than 18 years in the distribution business and with Constantin Film, which was always a pleasure, I have decided not to extend my contract," said Friedl in a statement. News reports quoted industry insiders as saying that Friedl might be preparing to move to a major distributor such as Paramount.