ProSieben, Constantin extend pact


COLOGNE, Germany -- German indie production powerhouse Constantin Film has extended its output deal with broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 for another two years, through 2008, the companies announced Tuesday.

The arrangement will give ProSieben German free-TV rights to all of Constantin's in-house productions, including new comedy titles from directors Leander Haussmann ("Berlin Blues") and Oscar-nominated Marc Rothemund ("Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.")

Constantin first signed with ProSieben in February 2005. Films delivered under that output agreement include boxoffice hits "Perfume -- The Story of a Murderer," "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and German kids film "Hui Buh -- The Goofy Ghost."

Under a separate deal, Constantin licensed a package of high-profile film titles to ProSieben. These include the George Clooney thriller "Michael Clayton," horror sequel "The Grudge II," "Asterix At The Olympic Games" featuring Gerard Depardieu and Alain Delon and "Bridge To Terabithia," the upcoming fantasy feature from "Chronicles of Narnia" producers Walden Media.

Tuesday's deal follows ProSieben's three-year, $300 million licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television (HR 10/28) and comes as reports are circulating that the German broadcaster is being put up for sale. By buffing up its feature films slate, ProSieben could be improving its bargaining position for a future sell-off.

ProSieben will announce its third-quarter figures Thursday.