Arnon Milchan’s New Regency Productions announced today it has extended its longtime exclusive distribution deal with Fox Filmed Entertainment an additional nine years. The current pact was set to expire in 2013 and will now run through May 2022. The joint announcement was made by New Regency co-chairmen Hutch Parker and Bob Harper, and FFE chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. The new deal continues a relationship dating back to 1998. Since the start of the pact, Regency has produced 55 films and generated more than $5.3 billion at the box office.

Commented News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch in the statement: “Arnon Milchan is a multifaceted, passionate enthusiast for all he touches. He is an Israeli businessman, an Israeli political enthusiast, a Hollywood producer and a remarkable art collector. He is a loyal and generous friend who also happens to be a great long-term and trustworthy partner”.

Said Gianopulos and Rothman: ”Extending our long-term, happy Fox-Regency ‘marriage’ will take us through our 20th anniversary – and beyond – and how many Hollywood unions can make that claim?”

Regency and Fox most recently partnered on the current release, LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, directed by Ed Zwick and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. Upcoming are the reboot BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON on February 18, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?, MONTE CARLO, the 3D thriller DARKEST HOUR co-financed with Summit Entertainment which is handling domestic distribution while Twentieth Century Fox International is distributing in the rest of the world.eth Century Fox, and are eyeing a return to the television business this year.

Currently in production is Regency’s NOW for this fall, and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED for Christmas.

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