Relativity Media buys Overture Films from John Malone

MUMBAI: Relativity Media will take over the distribution and marketing operations and some assets of the Starz Overture Films subsidiary.

Approximately 45 staff members, or two-thirds of Overture’s employees, will make the move to Relativity Media, including Peter Adee, formerly Overture Films’ president of worldwide marketing, distribution and new media, and Kyle Davies, executive vice president theatrical distribution.

Overture Films will release its remaining titles – Jack Goes Boating, Stone and Let Me In – through a new distribution services agreement with Relativity.

“We are in a great position to bring the marketing and distribution savvy of Peter and Kyle, and their teams to our home at Relativity. As we’ve been expanding this area of our business finding a team with the experience and breadth and depth that Peter and Kyle’s have couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. They have released an incredibly broad slate of films over the past 15 years including some of the highest grossing films in their respective years. I really commend Starz for its smart leadership in helping us make this move,” said Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

“With our increased focus on original content, it no longer makes strategic sense for Starz to make theatrical motion pictures. However we’re pleased to have found a great opportunity for the majority of the company’s employees, including the talented distribution and marketing teams,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be moving forward with Relativity’s expansion through this acquisition. This move, together with our recent Netflix deal, gives Relativity a business competitive with any major studio" said Relativity president Michael Joe.

The Overture arrangement does not affect any of Starz Media’s other operating assets, including Anchor Bay Entertainment, which specializes in home entertainment releases.