Hund takes director role at Sony Pics Int'l

Has been adviser to Sony in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany -- Isabel Hund will be the new face of Sony's German production operations. As of Oct. 1, she will be director of production at Sony Pictures International Motion Production Group, based in Berlin. She will report to group president Deborah Schindler.

Hund takes over from Maike Haas who, after a year at Sony's local-language operation, returns to Disney's German features division. Haas will temporarily run Walt Studio Motion Pictures Germany for Justyna Musch, who is on maternity leave.

Hund has been an adviser to Sony in Germany over the past 17 months. In that time, Sony relaunched its German production shingle, Deutsche Columbia Pictures. Deutsche Columbia had a major hit with Franke Potente starrer "Anatomy" (2000). But after a string of flops, Sony closed down the company in 2003.

Hund has also been an adviser to several major German distributors, including Buena Vista and Kinowelt. From 2001-05 she headed up development at German indie Senator Film.

Sony launched its International Motion Production Group in 2007 to coordinate production on localized features worldwide.

Recent efforts include Tom Hooper's soccer drama "The Damned United" starring Michael Sheen and Colm Meaney, which will have its international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and the upcoming comedy "Cemetery Junction," from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of "The Office."
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