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RENZO ROSSELLINI JOINS HKM AS HEAD OF NEW INTERNATIONAL DIVISION

 RENZO ROSSELLINI JOINS HKM AS HEAD OF NEW INTERNATIONAL DIVISION
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- HKM Productions announces the formation of a new division, HKM International, which will be headed by European film veteran Renzo Rossellini, whose principal task will be to raise financing and co-financing for HKM film projects. Rossellini, who previously was president of Gaumont Italia, will also bring European projects to HKM to produce in the United States.
 HKM Productions has been in existence for 12 years. The founding partners are Graham Henman, Michael Karbelnikoff and Tom Mickel. Beginning in Henman's garage, the company has been extremely successful, winning Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at Cannes, and numerous Clios, Advertising Age Awards and assorted other accolades in the world of commercials, with Mickel producing and Karbelnikoff and Henman directing.
 Currently housed in what was the Hollywood USO building, which HKM bought and remodeled in 1989, the company's long-term clients include American Airlines, Miller Draft, 7 Up, Levi's, United Airlines, Sprite, Coke, Volkswagen and other major advertisers, whose commercials HKM has produced in 22 countries around the world.
 In 1989 HKM began to turn to the feature film world, adding producer Ron Altbach to the company, and has since been developing screenplays for Henman and Karbelnikoff to direct, as well as screenplays for outside directors. In 1990, Karbelnikoff was tapped to direct "Mobsters," starring Christian Slater and Patrick Dempsey, for Universal. The film was released in the summer of 1991. Also in 1991, HKM hired writer Roger Soffer to head the story department.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Altbach of HKM Films, 213-465-9494/ CO: HKM Productions; HKM International ST: California IN: ENT SU: PER


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