Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Osiris Entertainment has launched Paragon Pictures, a new distribution company. Paragon has signed for representation with Gersh’s Jay Cohen as the distributor becomes a new player in the acquisitions market. Osiris’ CEO Evan Crooke will head the venture. The company starts with a three-film slate of films headed for theatrical release: Perfect Sisters, a thriller that stars Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley as sisters who plot to kill their abusive mother, to be released in February; Bottled Up, a drama about over-the-counter drug abuse that stars Melissa Leo and Josh Hamilton and will be released in early 2014; and Twenty8K, a UK-set drama that stars Parminder Narga, Michael Socha and Kaya Scodelario, about a young man accused in the death of a teen boy outside a nightclub and when his sister returns home to clear her sibling’s name, she uncovers a larger conspiracy. Latter film will be released at year’s end. “The purpose of Paragon Pictures releasing division is to focus on the best quality independent films at a significant level encompassing great star power along with good stories and solid production value,” Crooke said. “Paragon’s sole criteria are films that fill a niche and that stand on their own. We believe that these new relationships and our theatrical arm will not only benefit our producers but our investors greatly as 2014 will be an exciting year for Osiris and Paragon due to launching these new divisions.”