Our readers in Germany and in German-speaking countries will be interested to know that director Marc Forster and Will Smith have partnered to acquire distributor and licensing company Telepool GmbH. Read my interview with Forster here.

Telepool is not well-known in the US but has been a force in German markets for over fifty years; the company has been a leader in merchandising, licensing, publishing, distribution and promotion of movies, TV and gaming content for that long. This move will give Forster and Smith's films a better leg up in those markets.

The move also gives Forster and Smith a wider berth in helping distribute films that may not be a big draw for studios. Smith tells Variety, "Marc and I took a close look at Telepool and discovered a company that has an incredible reputation and a lot of potent." Smith went on to say he greatly looks forward to the opportunities this will create.