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Jan Fantl

Jan Fantl

Born in Prague in 1954, Jan Fantl comes from a family of active film industry professionals. Fantl literally grew up on his father Thomas' sets, and had completed many internships by the time he finished high school. As a young man, Fantl considered pursuing legal studies, but his passion for the film-industry was stronger. He launched his career at Bavaria Studios in Munich, moved on to positions as first assistant director, and ten years later to line producer.

In 1984, Fantl and his father produced the award-winning documentary feature THE CHILDREN OF THERESIENSTADT - GATEWAY TO HELL. Fantl also worked as writer/ director on the re-launched German version of Sesame Street. In 1985 he organized the action sequences as second unit director on SCHIMANSKI - ZAHN UM ZAHN, one of the first successful action movies in German theatrical production. He went on in 1988 to produce Multimedia Film- und Fernsehproduktion, e.g. providing for Sat 1 Infotainment.

In 1993, Fantl line-produced the German-Icelandic co-production TEARS OF STONE, which garnered an Academy Award nomination in 1994 for Best Foreign Film. His success continued in 1996 when he produced the hit movie-of-the-week DER CLOWN for German Broadcaster RTL, and in 1997, with MISS DIAMOND -- still one of the best rated MOW's for German broadcaster Pro 7. This production marked the first feature of Fantl's own company Q&Q, which today is QI Quality International. The main business of QI Quality International is the acquisition, financing and control of international film co-productions, in cooperation with well-known producers, production companies and studios in Europe.

As of year-end 2004, Quality International has shepherded more than 29 international film projects, including the U.S. box-office hit THE MUSKETEER, which made it to Number 1 on its opening weekend. The 2002/2003 productions include the Internet thriller FEARDOTCOM; the snowboard movie EXTREME OPS; the family-action-adventure GEORGE AND THE DRAGON starring Patrick Swayze, Piper Perabo and Michael Clarke Duncan; the comedy FUNKY MONKEY starring Mathew Modine; and the sci-fi thriller A SOUND OF THUNDER. The latest features co-produced by QI are the thriller SPARTAN, directed by David Mamet and starring Val Kilmer; STANDER directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Thomas Jane, which opened August 8; Stephen King's RIDING THE BULLET with David Arquette and Barbara Hershey with helmer Mick Garris, opening October 1st; and the historic drama TRISTAN & ISOLDE directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring James Franco.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Jan Fantl Facts

OccupationProducer
BirthdayJune 11, 1954 (63)
SignGemini
BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

Selected Filmography

Tristan And Isolde
Extreme Ops
Bride of the Wind
Karate Dog
Deathwatch
The Mumbo Jumbo
Mesmer
George and the Dragon
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
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