Graham King inks deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment

MUMBAI: Producer Graham King has signed a three-year, multi-film output agreement with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

Under the deal, King’s GK Films will independently develop, finance and produce a minimum of two films a year that will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

King, who is concluding a first-look deal with Warner Bros, will continue to develop previously agreed upon films with the Burbank-based studio. He will transition to the new agreement with Sony and begin to identify new projects to be developed and financed in-house by GK Films. Such projects will be handled worldwide by Sony Pictures under the provisions of their new arrangement.

"Working with Warners has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience and I cherish the support and collaboration of the whole team. But the deal with Sony Pictures gives us guaranteed distribution for our films and the opportunity to work with a successful and respected studio that handles every type of motion picture equally well. It is a perfect transition for us and I look forward to working closely with the entire Sony team over the next several years on our new slate of films," said King.

"We have long admired Graham’s consistent taste in commercial and critically acclaimed material. As a producer, he attracts high-profile talent to top-quality and audience-pleasing projects and we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this relationship," said Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group president worldwide affairs Peter Schlessel.

Sony Pictures chairman worldwide distribution and marketing Jeff Blake added, "Graham delivers the kinds of films that excite audiences throughout the world and his projects will be a fantastic addition to our slate across all of our distribution platforms."