Ealing to export Brit humor to Germany


LONDON -- U.K.-based Ealing Studios International, the newly established sales arm of Ealing Studios, has sealed a deal to export British humor to Germany as Day 1 of the European Film Market dawns Thursday.

The British outfit has sold German rights to comedy "I Want Candy" to SquareOne Entertainment and will also supply the laugher to Eastern Europe, excluding the CIS, in a deal with Revolutionary Releasing, Ealing said Wednesday.

Billed as containing "universal male adolescent humor," the picture stars Carmen Electra, Mackenzie Crook, Eddie Marsan, Tom Burke and Tom Riley in a film about a hapless group of filmmakers trying to get their picture made.

Buena Vista International (U.K.) pre-bought U.K. rights for the movie, which is scheduled for release in March. Sky Movies, which came on board with the project at script stage, has secured television rights in the U.K.

Natalie Brenner, head of sales and distribution for Ealing Studios International, said the new sales arm will offer a slate of films "developed and produced by Ealing Studios."

The European Film Market is the company's debut market.

Ealing Studios is an independent British studio that produces feature films and television programming for international distribution and provides facilities to the media and production industry.