Marco Mehlitz has joined Fox International Productions Germany as Head of Development and Production and will report directly to Sanford Panitch, President of Fox International Productions (FIP) in Los Angeles. Mehlitz’s new role will see him working closely with Managing Director, Fox Germany, Vincent de La Tour, and Senior Product Manager Local Productions and Acquisitions, Germar Tetzlaff in the development and production of German language movies.

“Marco’s experience in both local German production and international coproduction will be a great asset for us”, said Panitch. De La Tour added: “In Marco Mehlitz we are delighted to have found an experienced personality of the film industry who will drive the production of local Fox projects forward.”

Mehlitz, who grew up in Berlin and the USA, has over 15 years’ experience as a producer and co-producer of German and international films. He recently co-produced David Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method with his own production company Lago Film and with Elbe Film, which he has run as Managing Director since 2010. He also has worked on the following films as producer or co-producer: The Door, Mr. Nobody, Wim Wenders’ Palermo Shooting, The Final Cut, and Just Friends.

Fox’s previous German-language release, What A Man, was one of the top grossing films in Germany last year with a final GBO of USD $16M and admissions at 1.8M. Fox International Productions in Germany also is in production on Matthias Schweighöfer’s follow-up film, Break Up Man.