Senator takes control of Central


CANNES -- Senator Entertainment has acquired the remaining 49% of Central Film, giving Senator full control of the Berlin-based independent distributor.

Senator will expand Central Film, which operates largely as a booking and billing operation, into a separate label in the German market, alongside the company's flagship theatrical arm, Senator Film Verleih.

Senator plans to release 10 or more titles a year through Central Film, which will be run by the company's current head, Peter Sundarp, together with Senator distribution boss Peter Heinzemann.

"(Senator Film Verleih) has reached full capacity with more than 20 acquired titles as well as our own in-house productions," Senator chief creative officer Marco Weber said. "But as ... we will have a continuing cooperation with the Weinstein Co., MGM and future partners, we will release around 10-12 additional films a year through the new Central Film label. This means we will have more than 30 theatrical releases a year (in Germany)."

Central's upcoming release slate includes the comedies "Clerks 2" and "School for Scoundrels," the Dixie Chicks documentary "Shut Up and Sing," Douglas Mackinnon's cycling drama "The Flying Scotsman" and Billy Ray's espionage thriller "Breach."