The Shooting Gallery, the New York-based indie production house ("Sling Blade"; "Niagara, Niagara") has entered into the world of theatrical
distribution with a two year distribution deal with LIVE Entertainment.
Having secured their place in production, post-production and international
distribution, The Shooting Gallery (TSG)'s president and CEO Larry
Meistrich realized that the next logical step for the company was domestic
distribution. In a prepared statement, Meistrich said that "(the deal) will
enable us and our talent partners to retain a larger piece of distribution
revenues." To which LIVE president Amir Malin added: "(The Shooting Gallery
has) played a pivotal part in reinvigorating the independent film business.
This transaction continues our company's goal to enhance its position as a
premiere global entertainment company by maximizing the value of its assets
and distribution systems."
The first releases in the deal are set to be Nick Gomez Michael
Rappaport/Lily Taylor-starrer "Illtown" (January), his 1996 follow up to "New Jersey Drive" which screened at the 1996 New York Film Festival, and Bob
Gosse's "Niagara, Niagara" (February). "Niagara, Niagara" stars Robin Tunney
(best actress, 1997 Venice Film Festival) and Henry Thomas. 1998 also
expects to reveal Amos Poe's "Frogs For Snakes" (Barbara Hershey);
"Strangeland", a film written by rocker Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister) and
starring Snyder and Elizabeth Pena, and Nancy Savoca's "The 24-Hour Woman"
(Rosie Perez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste).
LIVE's large library of films includes: "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", "Reservoir Dogs", "Dirty Dancing", and "The Piano".