Pair takes Constantin distrib'n helm

Torsten Koch, Oliver Koppert tapped

COLOGNE, Germany -- Torsten Koch and Oliver Koppert will take over the running of theatrical distribution operations at Germany's Constantin Film, with Koch heading marketing and distribution and Koppert acting as sales managing director.

The two replace Thomas Peter Friedl, who left Constantin at the beginning of the year to set up FremantleMedia's competing German producer/distributor Ufa Cinema.

The executive shuffle comes amid a takeover bid for Constantin by fellow Munich-based group EM.Sport Media.