XLrator Media has kicked up North American rights to Tokyo Tribe, an actioner from writer-director Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play In Hell). Described as a “street-gang/martial arts action/hip-hop musical epic,” it stars Ryohei Suzuki and Young Dais and is based on the manga by Santa Inoue. In a futuristic, alternate Tokyo made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds, territorial street gangs rule the city. When a megalomaniacal gang leader tries to invade the other gangs’ turf, the city explodes into an all-out war. “Audiences have never seen anything like Tokyo Tribe and will be blown away by its originality, energy and mind-blowing action and musical sequences that pay homage to everything from Quentin Tarantino to Scarface to West Side Story,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon, who negotiated the deal with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin for Nikkatsu Corp. The film premiered at Toronto last year.
Gabriel Brakin has been promoted to EVP Business and Legal Affairs at Participant Media. He had been SVP, overseeing the department and evaluating and pursuing joint venture, new investment and strategic partnership opportunities. Before joining Participant seven years ago, Brakin was an entertainment and media lawyer at O’Melveny & Myers, where his practice focused on representing motion picture studios, independent production companies and financial institutions. “Since joining Participant in August 2008, Gabe has proven an adept counsel with hands-on involvement in corporate matters, co-financing and distribution deals, film financing funds and Participant’s investments, including Summit Entertainment,” Participant COO Jeff Ivers said in announcing the promotion. “I have the utmost confidence in Gabe’s ability to handle complex transactions and oversee the business and legal affairs team as we continue to expand Participant’s operations.”