Regent Worldwide Sales, the sales affiliate of Regent Entertainment, and CineTel Films have entered into a 'strategic alliance' for international sales of television and DVD rights, the companies announced Friday from Cannes. Under the agreement, the two sill jointly attend international sales markets in order to maximize their presence and economies of scale on a yearlong basis. They will also combine their back office administration and rights management systems and will operate out of CineTel's West Hollywood headquarters.
CineTel's Paul Hertzberg will manage the alliance. Regent's sales efforts will continue to be headed by Adam Wright and Liz Mackiewicz. CineTel's top sales executives will be Marcy Rubin and Eric Bernstein.
"The Regent-CineTel alliance provides buyers with an extraordinary supplier of the finest in commercial television movies," commented Regent Chairman Stephen P. Jarchow in a statement. "As the two most established and respected distributors of action, sci-fi and thriller product, we become an essential stop for every network and DVD company worldwide."
Regent and CineTel titles at this year's Cannes Marche du Film include "Little Ashes," a historical drama about the college years of Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca, starring Robert Pattinson ("Twilight") and Javier Beltran, Slamdance entry "Weathergirl" starring Tricia O'Kelly and Marc Harmon, "Icarus," starring and directed by Dolph Lundgren and "I Spit on Your Grave," the remake of the highly controversial 1978 cult classic.
Regent is a worldwide distributor of theatrical and television motion pictures with a library of over 3,500 programs.
[Editor's note: indieWIRE will publish a profile of Regent later in the festival.]