Los Angeles, CA – January 13, 2014 – Lakeshore Entertainment announced the launch of their partnership with Sierra/Affinity to acquire worldwide distribution rights from independent film producers. The new venture will provide producers and financiers with a unique one-stop-shop alternative to license all or a portion of their worldwide territories.
It will be financed and operated under Lakeshore’s long-standing international sales, distribution and marketing division, Lakeshore International. Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity will work with Lakeshore to identify projects to acquire and the international sub-distributors to exploit the rights. The company will provide producers with levels of speed and certainty to sell their international distribution rights that do not currently exist in the marketplace.
“Providing producers with the ability to monetize their international rights early, and with certainty, helps producers to green light production,” stated Lakeshore Chief Operating Officer, Eric Reid. “We are looking forward to forging new relationships with independent partners.”
“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Lakeshore Entertainment in jointly selling rights to many of their films in the international marketplace,” said Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer. “We will harness our combined experience, relationships and understanding of global film distribution to design sales strategies that maximize the opportunity for the films we acquire to be seen by the largest audience possible.”
Both companies have a long track record of success in production, acquisition and international sales. Lakeshore has produced well over 60 films since 1994 – all of which were sold in the international marketplace. Nick Meyer and his team also have 20 years of international acquisition and sales expertise.
Founded in 1994, Lakeshore is a leading independent, production, finance, international sales and distribution company. Sierra/Affinity, created in 2011, is a leading independent film finance, production and foreign sales company.
Lakeshore’s upcoming releases include I, FRANKENSTEIN, starring Aaron Eckhart and WALK OF SHAME, starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden. International sales for their upcoming film AGE OF ADALINE, starring Blake Lively and Ellen Burystn, were handled by Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity at this year’s AFM.