'Wolfhound' draws a pack

Central inks for German distrib'n

BERLIN -- Russian production and distribution company Central Partnership has inked a key German distribution deal Monday at the EFM for its flagship project, fantasy adventure "Wolfhound" (Volkodav), which has collected more than $20.5 million at the domestic boxoffice since its late-December release.

The deal with Senator for Germany and German-speaking territories Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Lichstenstein came late in the day at the end of a bidding war for German rights, Central Partnership vp international sales Armen Dishdishian said.

"We are definitely very happy with this and the other deals we have done during the market," Dishdishian said. "We are hitting the financial targets we set for international sales for the movie."

Other territories that have signed since last week's EFM opening include Romania (Pro Media, Bucharest), Turkey (Atasagun Ltd., Istanbul) and Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (Ram Indo, Jakarta), Dishdishian added.

Pro-Media also has agreed in a letter of intent to co-produce a sequel to "Wolfhound," the script of which the movie's director Nikolai Lebedev already is working on.

The all-rights deals for "Wolfhound," with buyers mostly committed to theatrical sales, follows previous big territory deals done at the American Film Market in November for China, Brazil, the Middle East and India.