Magazine article Screen International

Lars Wiebe Joins SquareOne

Magazine article Screen International

Lars Wiebe Joins SquareOne

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Wiebe [pictured] appointed head of German productions as company expands its production activities into Germany.

Munich-based distributor-producer SquareOne Entertainment is expanding its production activities into Germany.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, SquareOne's CEO Al Munteanu revealed that he had been harbouring the idea of production in Germany for the past two years.

"People kept asking me why I wasn't involved in German production and I never had a good answer. Then I had a bizarre experience in Toronto when I met Sebastian Koch who told me about a film he had starred in, The Weekend by Vivian Naefe, which didn't have distribution.¨

Subsequently, Munteanu released the film - an adaptation of a book by The Reader author Bernhard Schlink - in Germany last year. "This is when I had my epiphany that there is a real appetite for new distribution partners in Germany, who have a perhaps more hands-on approach to marketing films."

"This accelerated our move into German production and we are going to take a very specific approach by concentrating on German comedies," he continued. …

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