Sony bags distribution rights of five films


MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the exclusive distribution rights outside North America for DVD, television, mobile and new media distribution for five films of Peace Arch Entertainment.

The Peace Arch Entertainment Group produced films acquired by SPE are the dramas, The Good Shepherd (Christian Slater) and The Keeper (Dennis Hopper), along with horror-thrillers Five Girls (Ron Perlman), Dead Mary (Dominique Swain) and Living Death (Kristy Swanson).

The two companies have previously announced a distribution agreement for the Peace Arch Entertainment co-production of The Tudors, which was recently renewed for a second season by Showtime. The series stars Golden Globe award winning actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a seductive young Henry VIII.

The new agreement was negotiated by Peter Schlessel, president of worldwide acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and John Flock, President of Peace Arch Entertainment.

Peace Arch Entertainment’s line up of feature films and long-form television programming includes two of the favourites at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the drama Chapter 27, starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, and the award-winning comedy Delirious, starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon and Elvis Costello. Peace Arch also recently completed the romantic comedy Watching The Detectives, starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu, which will world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in May, and began production on the film satire The Deal from the best-selling Peter Lefcourt novel, with a cast that includes William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J and Elliott Gould.