Image Entertainment Gets "Blood"
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/13 -- Image Entertainment,
Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired
all U.S. and Canadian rights to Nick Murphy's thriller Blood from IM
Global genre division Octane. The film stars Paul Bettany (A
Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The
Bourne Identity) and Stephan Graham (Gangs of New York, "Boardwalk
Empire"). The film was produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road,
The Kite Runner, Jarhead), the BBC, and executive produced by Academy
Award(R) winner Sam Mendes. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer
for Image Entertainment made today's announcement.
"Blood had a great buzz among critics during its world premiere at
the London Film Festival and it is a must-have for Image," commented
Bromiley. "It's a film with good theatrical potential. We're pleased
to have Blood on our slate."
Blood is a thriller which charts the moral collapse of a close police
family. Two brothers, both cops, are smothered by the shadow of their
former police chief father. Unspoken secrets and unvoiced suspicions
drive the ominous suspense as the brothers spiral into an obsessive
confrontation between crimes of the present and crimes of the past.
The deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer
on behalf of Image Entertainment and IM Global's President of
International Sales Jonathan Deckter and VP of Business and Legal
Affairs Lauren Wilson on behalf of IM Global.
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
manages 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 billing
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 nascent branded digital subscription
channels, and engages distinct audiences 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.
About IM Global Octane
OCTANE is the genre label of IM Global, one
of the industry's most prolific film financing and sales companies.
Breakout success stories that the label has been associated with
include the original Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister.
The operation had two films in Toronto's 2012 "Midnight Madness"
section: Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem and Barry Levinson's The
Bay. The division also specializes in R-rated comedy, handling
worldwide rights on last year's smash hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners,
co-financing last summer's R-rated release The Babymakers, and the
recently released box office success, Marlon Wayans R-rated comedy, A
Haunted House. Currently in post-production is Plush from director
Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen) and producer Jason Blum of
Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious,
Sinister), with Octane financing. Plush stars a sexy young cast,
including Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited), Xavier Samuel
(Twilight Saga Eclipse, Anonymous) and Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Never
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