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09.02.2000 – 16:27

Odeon Film AG

ots Ad hoc-Service: Odeon Film AG Lunaris Film to Odeon Film AG with Kästner rights

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         Geiselgasteig (ots Ad hoc-Service) -  Odeon Film AG,
Geiselgasteig, has taken over Lunaris Film- und Fernsehproduktion
Peter Zenk, Munich; in the future it will operate under the name
Lunaris Film GmbH.

    With the acquisition of Lunaris Film the film and animation rights of the most famous books by Erich Kästner will be transferred to the Odeon Film Group. Erich Kästner is nationally and internationally one of the most famous and popular authors of books for children and young people. His works have been translated into more than 60 languages throughout the world. For a long time, now, many media companies had been trying to acquire Lunaris Film with the highly desirable animation rights.

    In addition to the production of cinema and television films, it is also planned to utilise Kästner's works for cartoons and for the internet. The exploitation rights comprise cinema, pay TV and free-to-air TV, video and DVD as well as merchandising and video games. The animation rights will be utilised in the world-wide sales of cartoon series for children's television.

    Before the end of this year Lunaris Film GmbH will film a new version of the bestseller "Emil und die Detektive" in co- production with Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH (screenplay: Max-Ophüls prizewinner Franziska Buch). The shooting will take place in Berlin from July to September, the release is planned for spring 2001. This will be followed by the production of "Das fliegende Klassenzimmer".

    Odeon Film AG and Lunaris Film will produce feature films, TV movies and cartoons in the next ten years with an estimated additional turnover of DM 100 million.

    Peter Zenk is one of the most highly regarded film producers in Germany. Among other things, he was initiator and co-producer of blockbusters such as "Das Arche Noah Prinzip" (director: Roland Emmerich), "Gib Gas - ich will Spaß" (director Wolfgang Büld), "Charlie & Louise - Das doppelte Lottchen" (director: Joseph Vilsmaier). "Und keiner weint mir nach" (director: Joseph Vilsmaier) and most recently "Pünktchen & Anton" (director: Caroline Link). With an audience of over 1.7 million "Pünktchen & Anton" was one of the most successful German films of last year. Among others, Peter Zenk has been awarded the Federal Film Prize, the Bavarian Film Prize and the "Golden Sparrow"


    Marc Bubeck, Investor Relations, Odeon Film AG, Bavariafilmplatz 7, 82031 Geiselgasteig, Telefon: +49 89 / 64 99 - 30 91, Telefax: +49 89 / 64 99 - 30 41, EMail: aktie@odeonfilm.de

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