Senator takes full control of Central Film


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, currently operating 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 around 10-12 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," said Senator chief creative officer Marco Weber. "But as through our intensive contacts with the U.S. market we will have a continuing cooperation with The Weinstein Company, 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."