Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
U.S. producer-financier-sales agent Cargo Entertainment will distribute its films in Australia via Jamie Bialkower’s Jump Street Films and co-fund and handle international sales of Australian films sourced by Jump Street in a newly minted co-venture. The alliance will result in Jump Street releasing 6-8 Cargo titles annually, starting in September 2013 with the Robin Williams-Mila Kunis comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn followed by Hemingway And Fuentes, which stars Andy Garcia, Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening. Bialkower tells Deadline he’s looking to secure at least two Australian films per year which Cargo would co-fund and sell internationally, including U.S.-Australian co-productions which would qualify for the 40% producer tax rebate. Krysanne Katsoolis, Cargo’s head of acquisitions and co-productions, will oversee the Australian venture with Bialkower. Affiliated with Curious Pictures, Cargo was launched in 2011 by Marina Grasic, a co-founder and former COO of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Jan Korbelin, a former president of Germany’s ProSieben Television, and former Miramax, Spelling and SKE exec Mark Lindsay. Bialkower founded Jump Street Films in 2004 and has focused primarily on art house fare such as The King, The Italian and The Grocer’s Son and it co-distributed Australian films Swerve and Summer Coda.
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