German distrib group votes to spur digital

Film board pledges more than $50 mil to fund conversion

COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany's association of film distributors, the VdF, has backed plans by the German Film Board to speed up the county's conversion to digital cinema.

The film board has pledged more than $50 million in funding over the next five years to help convert German cinemas to digital and 3-D screening technology.

But the rollout could be sabotaged by a lawsuit a group of German multiplex operators have filed against the film board in protest of a mandatory levy exhibitors must pay the board to help finance German productions.

On Tuesday, film distributors through their weight behind the film board's plan and said a few exhibitors should not endanger Germany's digital infrastructure.
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