Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sealed a batch of multi-year output deals with international distributors to cover titles that Open Road produces or acquires for the world. This follows the November hook-up of the companies for FilmNation to sell and service all Open Road productions and international acquisitions. Today’s move guarantees distribution in more than 15 territories including the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey, India, South Africa and Iceland. Across those markets, the distributors include eOne, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Telepool, Village Roadshow, LEV Films and Ster Kinekor. Still further deals are in the works and expected to close during the EFM here in Berlin.
The first title to release under the outputs is action thriller Sleepless Night, starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which is also Open Road’s first in-house production. The company expects to finance and produce 3-4 pictures a year and will continue to acquire films for U.S. distribution.
“Glen and his team did a fantastic job of helping us get into business with top-tier international distributors throughout the world,” says Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg. “We look forward to long and successful relationships, and to supplying high quality, commercial movies that will deliver box office success for Open Road in the U.S. and for our new partners overseas.”
“The excitement and competition for international distributors to be in business with Open Road is such a powerful indication of how the marketplace recognizes Open Road as a clear leader in this industry,” added Basner.