Entertainment One has revived its Momentum Pictures label prior to the Toronto Film Festival and hash entered a multi-picture agreement with Orion Releasing to jointly acquire and distribute specialized multi-platform releases in the U.S. and select international territories. The first out of the gate will be two pictures: The Wannabe, written and directed by Nick Sandow and starring Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette and Michael Imperioli as well as Ava’s Possessions written and directed by Jordan Galland and starring Louisa Krause, Jemima Kirke and Dan Fogler.
Their agreement calls for territories to be identified separately for each project. Momentum Pictures was Alliance Films’ U.K. business which became eOne in 2013 after eOne acquired Alliance Films. The businesses were brought together and the name Momentum (along with Alliance, Aurum, Vivafilm etc) was phased out immediately in January of that year.
eOne is reintroducing Momentum specifically as a new, distinct label focused on securing films for digital and ancillary exploitation on a global basis. They will work with Orion on a picture by picture basis to determine the territories.
“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Orion Releasing. As we bring back Momentum Pictures, we are taking a global approach to distribution, and focusing on specialized theatrical releases in the U.S. while looking for the strongest opportunities for each film in markets around the world,” said Berry Meyerowitz, President, Momentum Pictures in a statement. “Our goal is to work with the best partners to bring great films to audiences in new and innovative ways, and this deal is a great place to start.”
For Orion, the deal allows them to acquire content and have a strong and experienced distribution partner with a reliable track record. “Our deal with Momentum Pictures expands Orion’s strategy to acquire quality content for worldwide audiences,” said Chris Ottinger, President, Orion Releasing, in a statement. “Together we will be able to use our strong customer relationships and robust distribution infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world.”
Orion Releasing, which is focused on distributing films theatrically and via television and video on demand services, has distributed such fare as Simon Helberg’s We’ll Never Have Paris, Tell starring Milo Ventimiglia; Larry Gaye starring Mark Feuerstein and directed by Sam Friedlander and written by Mike Sikowitz; the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Award-Winner Fort Tilden; and the comedy Balls Out starring Jake Lacy, Nikki Reed, Kate McKinnon and Jay Pharoah.