Magazine article Screen International

French Court Rules That Pathé Must Share Nothing to Declare Profits with Thomas Langmann

Magazine article Screen International

French Court Rules That Pathé Must Share Nothing to Declare Profits with Thomas Langmann

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Two-year-old case stems from an option held by Thomas Langmann's late father Claude Berri to produce the third film by Nothing to Declare director and star Dany Boon.

A French court has ruled that Pathe must share its profits on the box-office hit Nothing to Declare (Rien à declarer) with producer Thomas Langmann and his brother Darius.

The two-year-old case stems from an option held by the Langmann's father, the late, legendary director and producer Claude Berri, to produce the third film by Nothing to Declare director and star Dany Boon.

Title: Nothing to Declare (Rien à declarer)

Berri, who is best remembered for his productions Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, produced Boon's first two films La Maison du Bonheur and Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis), a huge hit in France where it took more than [euro]100,000 million at the box office.

Following Berri's death in 2009, Pathé and Dany Boon went onto produce Nothing to Lose on their own, ignoring Berri's option and the rights of la Petite Reine, the production house run by Thomas Langmann which merged it with his father's production house Hirsch following his death. …

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