German Production Duo Hofmann & Voges Split

Philip Voges leaving Munich-based company to launch own production shingle


COLOGNE, Germany -- Hofmann & Voges, one of Germany's most successful production duos, are calling it quits. Starting Nov.1 Philip Voges will leave the Munich-based company he set up 15 years ago with partner Mischa Hofmann to launch his own production shingle.

H&V produced films such as Florian Gallenberger's John Rabe starring Ulrich Tukur and Steve Buscemi, which won Best Film at the German Film Academy's Lola awards last year, and commercial hit Where is Fred? (2006) starring Teutonic box office champ Til Schweiger. But the company is best known locally for its TV work, including award-winning cop series KDD and cross-culture sitcom Turkish For Beginners, which received an International Emmy nomination.

Hofmann and Voges say they parted amicably and there have been no reports of internal turmoil at the company. But Voges' departure may be linked to the firm's sale, in 2007, to Odeon Film. Odeon, which controls several German production houses, has been the target of a series of takeover bids, but bickering among the company's main shareholders has so far prevented a deal. Odeon returned to profit last year, making around $1.6 million, but its future remains in doubt. 

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