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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Wrekin Hill

    Key Newmarket executives Chris Ball left his position as co-chairman of Exclusive and President and co-founder of Newmarket Films and along with Newmarket’s COO Rene Cogan, COO and John Crye, President of Production and Acquisitions, left NIgel Sinclair’s Exclusive to form Wrekin Hill Entertainment, an independently financed production and distribution company. Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment have entered into a home entertainment distribution deal including DVD, Blu-ray, digital delivery, and video on demand.The Newmarket Film label is licensed by Wrekin Hill for use on a non-exclusive basis with other titles slated for release unde...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: FilmDistrict

    Bob Berney and Peter Schlessel are key players in Graham King and Tim Headington’s new distribution company FilmDistrict. The company's brief is to acquire or generate films with strong casts that can play on between 1500 and 2000 screens. xxxx Bob Berney xxxxxxxx Peter SchlesselIn the first major deal of the American Film Market, FilmDistrict prebought North American rights to Drive from Affinity. Based on the James Sallis novel and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, budgeted for less than $30 million, the film stars Ryan Gosling who plays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and is targeted for death after a heist goes ...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: CJ CGV

    So. Korea’s CJ CGV which has its own theater in L.A.‘s Koreatown and, like China has an agreement with AMC Theaters for national releases, will release Korean films in the U.S.AMC president of programming Robert J. Lenihan said, “We have enjoyed great success over the past few years with Bollywood p...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Asian Media Rights

    This is the second of three new U.S. distribution companies recently conceived of to give Asian films a platform in the U.S. This article comes from Patrick Frater's Film Business Asia, a free online publication based on data in the Asian film business that is a must-read for anyone in the business...

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    Producers to Watch: AFM Works! Sean Anthony McConville

    As I was getting my badge at AFM, I met a British filmmaker who lives in Toronto and his success two years ago at AFM has brought him back again. Sean Anthony McConville of Mach2Films came to AFM two years ago with a project Deadline and with his producing partner Roger Betterton made a deal with Kru From Malaysia based on getting certain cast. His producer succeeded in casting Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch in Sean’s $2 million debut film and they received an advance from their sales agents epic pictures when the film was completed. Epic to date has sold the film to 35 countries. The U.S. release was by First Look. Its first release w...

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    Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): Bleiberg Entertainment and its genre label Compound B

    I asked Roman Kopelevich, chief of sales for Ehud Bleiberg's company to send me information on the company which stands out as a U.S. based company which produces and sells quality films both in U.S. and in Israel. Producer Ehud Bleiberg launched Beverly Hills-based production and international sales company Bleiberg Entertainment in September 2005 after 12 years as Chairman & CEO of another international production, distribution and sales company he co-founded in 1993. At that time when he and his partner arrived in L.A. from Israel, the film community was curious to know how the "new Israelis" would fit in. Others had come and gone, leav...

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    U.S. Distributors are Popping Up Like Mushrooms - Olive Films

    Farhad Arshad's long established Olive Films, a well respected home video company, has ramped up theatrically because John Tilley, the veteran distributor whose Cinevista brought Almodovar to the U.S. in the 80s, in April of 2010 took a risk and left Strand where he was head of home video for a decade. John has extensive and diverse experience as a domestic distributor, marketer, and licensor of domestic and international independent feature films and documentaries. As Executive Vice President for Acquisitions and Theatrical Distribution for Olive Films, he is taking the well established video distributor into the theatrical arena, opening ...

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    François Truffart Director and Programmer COL COA

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoCOL COA Director Francois Truffart and writer Jeremy Doner

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    Toronto Business Goes On...Or Does It? (And The Winners Are...)

    Even though the festival is continuing, I had to get home early, because Saturday I am going to (yet another!!) Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. More from there soon!

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