The Rights Roundup is the most comprehensive listing of licensing of film rights at the current markets. It lists the current International Sales Agents (ISAs)
alphabetically, A through Z, and their reported sales at the chief winter events – in this case the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Fest and
European Film Market (EFM) of the Winter 2015.
The international sales agents (ISAs) are listed alphabetically and the sales are those reported to SydneysBuzz or to other trades. The author makes no
claim to be comprehensive or even 100% correct. Titles show which distributors have licensed rights along with territories of the distributors as they are
reported. When prices have been mentioned, they are included.
In order to assist professional research when more information is needed, international sales agents and distributors link to their own company websites
and include links as well to Cinando and IMDbPro. Titles link to Cinando. If Cinando is not appropriate or does not have the title, then titles will link to IMDbPro. Occasionally they will link to the Festival
because the former are not available. Subscriptions to these other databases are required.
(free) will also be referenced occasionally as will Film New Europe (free). Subscribers to Screen International
will also have access to Screenbase. In theory, all of these online databases list comprehensive rights
held by distributors though, in fact, each in its own unique way is missing information or contains errors.
The EFM, Sundance and Winter Rights Roundup
The European Film Market is one of the three major international film markets of the world. Without it, we in the film industry would be sitting on a
two-legged stool. Along with the Cannes Marche and the American Film Market, this is where the business which supports all of us in the film business takes
place. Of course there are important markets in Hong Kong (Filmart), Busan, Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, and de facto markets at many
festivals, chief of which are Toronto (TIFF) and Sundance. Acquisitions there are often included in these reports as well.
It is imperative for filmmakers, buyers, sellers and financiers to know what the competition is doing, to see what films – similar in sensibility – are
selling, to whom they are selling and who is selling them. All who must intelligently strategize their entry into the marketplace must come armed with this
knowledge. SydneysBuzz.com’s Rights Roundups Reports give detailed and comprehensive listings with links
to sellers’ and buyers’ sites and to Cinando and IMDbPro sites to facilitate deeper research.
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Sundance and Producer Reps
A question often asked by indie filmmakers is, Do they need to have a producer rep? The answer varies. During Toronto and Sundance there are more producer
reps on films than at any other festival or market. However, at Sundance 2015, 47 out of 127 films had producer reps. The breakdown was as follows:Cinetic
– 14, ICM – 10, Preferred Content – 8, CAA – 6, UTA -3, WME – 2, Submarine – 2, Paradigm – 1, Cassian Elwes – 1.
And there are many publicists, some not wanting to be named who also “represent” films but do not always attempt to make deals like the producer reps, with
the exception of Steven Raphael’s Required Viewing. Publicists with films at Sundance were: Brigade with 9 films, Strategy – 7, Ryan Werner – 6, Prodigy –
6, ACME – 4, Susan Norget – 4, tcdm – 4, Steven Rafael, MJ Pakos – 2, Jazo – 1, Dish – 1, Sophie Gluck – 1, Bigtime – 1.
And there are also attorneys who rep the films but are not named here, examples: Donaldson & Califf, Linda Lichter, Shelly Surpin, Harris Tulchin,
Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb, et al.
14 films had U.S. distribution going into Sundance:
“A Walk In The Woods”- Entertainment in Motion (airline)
“It Follows- RADIUS-TWC
Shaun The Sheep- Universal Pictures
Eden-BROAD GREEN PICTURES
The Tribe-Drafthouse Films
True Story -Fox Searchlight Pictures
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief-HBO
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck-HBO
What Happened, Miss Simone?-Netflix
Z for Zachariah-Roadside Attractions
Wild Tales-Sony Pictures Classics
A comprehensive report on all U.S. Distributors and their product for 2014 is available at http://www.SydneysBuzz.com/Reports.