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.
Jan Fantl Facts
|Birthday||June 11, 1954 (63)|
|Birthplace||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Tristan And Isolde|
|Bride of the Wind|
|The Mumbo Jumbo|
|George and the Dragon|
|Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2|