SANTA MONICA, CA (May 11, 2010) – LIONSGATE and Exclusive Media Group’s Newmarket Films have announced that they have entered into a home entertainment distribution deal including DVD, Blu-ray, digital delivery, TV and Video On Demand (VOD). Under the terms of the arrangement, Lionsgate will become the exclusive Home Entertainment distributor for all Newmarket Films theatrical releases in the United States in addition to a large majority of Newmarket’s extensive library of high profile releases including Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking psychological thriller, Memento.
The first Home Entertainment release under the deal will be the recently released Jon Amiel’s Creation, about the life of Charles Darwin, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, which will be released on DVD, VOD and available for digital download on June 29th. The deal also includes the upcoming Newmarket theatrical releases Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora (May 28) , starring Rachel Weisz and Sundance favorite Hesher (Fall), starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman. The announcement was made by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Lionsgate and Chris Ball, Co-Chairman Exclusive and President of Newmarket Films.
Newmarket Films, founded in 1994 by Chris Ball and William Tyrer, was recently purchased by Exclusive Media Group where Ball is now Co-Chairman as well as President of Newmarket. The company is actively looking for new films and aims to theatrically release 6-8 director-driven titles per year. Lionsgate is the industry leader in box office-to-home entertainment revenue conversion rate, over-converting industry packaged norm by 20% and VOD norm by 18%. Recent theatrical titles Precious and Brothers exceeded industry averages both on DVD and VOD, and were Lionsgate’s #1 and #2 best VOD debuts to date.