Image Entertainment Nabs Drive Hard
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/08/13 -- Image Entertainment,
an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S.
rights at the American Film Market to the action film Drive Hard
starring John Cusack (The Numbers Station, 2012) and Thomas Jane (The
Punisher). Drive Hard recently finished production in Australia and
is set for a theatrical release in 2014. The film is directed by
Brian Trenchard-Smith from a screenplay by Chad Law and Evan Law.
Bill Bromiley, Image Entertainment's Chief Acquisitions Officer, made
the announcement today.
"We're thrilled to have another opportunity to work with John
Cusack," says Bromiley. "The Numbers Station was a great acquisition
for us, bringing us much success. This action film pushes limits,
engaging audiences to new levels."
Drive Hard centers on a former race car driver turned driver's
training instructor (Jane) who is abducted by a mysterious thief
(Cusack) and forced to be the wheelman for a crime that puts both in
the sights of the cops and the mob and leads them all on a chase
across Australia's Gold Coast.
The deal was negotiated by Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer on
behalf of Image Entertainment, and Network Pictures' Dan Grodnick on
behalf of the filmmakers.
Recent Image Entertainment releases include The Numbers Station with
John Cusack and Malin Akerman, The Colony with Laurence Fishburne,
Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers, Blood with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong
and Brian Cox and Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand,
Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written, directed and produced by
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 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres
via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV),
Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia
(fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), 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 relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that
RLJE owns 64% of, 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katrina Wan on behalf of RLJ Entertainment
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