A Malta court has ordered the owner of the Mediterranean
Film Studios to return the property to the government of Malta due to
nonpayment of rent.
According to reports in the Times of Malta, the studio,
which has hosted numerous of high profile international productions in recent
years, will continue operating.
The owners of the studio had signed a 65 year rental contract
in 1995. The court ordered that the land be turned over to the government
within 40 days of the late June ruling, as well as a financial payment. The
government said no rent had been paid for a period of 12 years. German
businessman and yacht enthusiast Jost Merten acquired a majority stake in the
studio in 1999.