Image Entertainment Lands Day of the Falcon
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- November 02, 2012
Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE),
has landed all U.S. rights to the highly-anticipated film Day of the Falcon.
Starring Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro, Once Upon a Time in Mexico),
Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes), Freida Pinto
(Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Tahar Rahim (A
Prophet), Day of the Falcon is a $40 million production directed by Academy
Award™ winner Jean-Jacques Annaud. The announcement was made by Image
Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley at the 2012 American
Image plans to release the film theatrically after an ultra-VOD release in
first quarter 2013. Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures International
released the film overseas. The film had its worldwide premiere at the Tribeca
Film Festival last year.
“This is a terrific film for Image,” commented Bromiley. “Day of the Falcon
has an amazing cast, an award-winning director and terrific visuals. It is
truly an epic film and we are proud to be releasing it here in the U.S.”
“I’m proud that American audiences will now have the opportunity to experience
Day of the Falcon for themselves,” said Quinta Communications president Tarak
Ben Ammar. “Image Entertainment and Bill have been passionate about the film
from the outset. We believe the timing is perfect for a film that sweeps
audiences into the heart of the Arabian Peninsula and promises excitement for
the whole family.”
Day of the Falcon is the story of the rivalry between two Emirs in the Arabia
Peninsula in the early 20^th Century just as oil is being discovered, and the
rise of a young dynamic leader who unites the tribes of the desert kingdom.
This epic adventure is an adaptation of Hans Ruesch’s classic novel “The Great
Thirst” and is a co-production between Quinta Communications and Doha Film
Institute. It was shot in Tunisia and Qatar and the cast and crew were first
hand witnesses to the birth of the Arab Spring in Tunisia as they filmed
during the revolution there. Day of the Falcon is one of the most ambitious
feature films ever to be shot, set and financed out of the Arab world for
The deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley and Jess DeLeo on behalf of Image
Entertainment and by Jeff Berg as well as Brigitte Segal and Tarak Ben Ammar
of Quinta Communications for the film.
About Quinta Communications
Founded in 1990 by Tarak Ben Ammar, Quinta Communications is a pan-European
media group with interests in film and TV production and distribution. The
group’s assets include Eagle Pictures, the leading independent Italian film
distributor which released all the Twilight films as well as Oscar™-winning
The King's Speech and many others. Other Italian assets include Prima TV,
which includes three free-to-air Sports Italia channels as well as a digital
pay bouquet of ten channels, with exclusive deals with Warner Bros and
Universal, and semi-exclusive deals with Disney and Mediaset.
Quinta is also a partner in Nessma TV, the first and leading private satellite
channel covering the Maghreb. The channel is a market leader in both Tunisia
and Algeria and is steadily increasing its market share with audiences in
Libya and Morocco, as well as North African and Arab audiences in Europe.
Quinta also owns film studios and sets in Tunisia as well as a stake in Luc
Besson’s newly opened Cite Du Cinema located in Paris.
Tarak Ben Ammar is a board member of The Weinstein Company, Mediobanca and
About RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical. Via
its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE controls the
intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of
mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and
Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts
and billings relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its branded digital subscription channels, and engages a distinct audience
with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE
has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns
the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
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