LOS ANGELES, CA (June 30, 2011) –- MGM announced today that it has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Forum Film, the distribution arm of Cinema City International NV (CCI). The deal covers Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel and includes both theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray Disc rights. For certain titles, Forum will also cover the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the studio. The pact includes new releases over a five-year period, as well as both of the highly anticipated upcoming two “Hobbit” films (set for release in 2012 and 2013) and the next film in the long running “Bond” franchise, “Bond 23” (due November 9, 2012). MGM and Forum look forward to distributing “Bond 24” on a similar basis.
“Our relationship with Gary and Roger goes far back and I’m very proud that they have chosen us to be their distributors in ‘our’ markets” said Mooky Greidinger CEO of Cinema City International. “Starting a long term distribution agreement with such an amazing slate is very exciting and everyone in our team is fully committed to maximize the potential of the movies”
“We feel very fortunate to be able to continue our relationship with Mooky and Forum Film. We know that with Forum and all of the resources they have amassed, our films will be in the best hands possible in all of these important territories,” said Barber and Birnbaum, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of MGM.
AMC Theatres will be the exclusive exhibitor for the pro-Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, which charts the ex-Alaska governor’s rise to national prominence, and has solidified a release date: July 15 in select cities (Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City). Cinedigm Digital Cinema is managing the release; ARC Entertainment will distribute worldwide. The doc, written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon (Generation Zero, celebrating the Tea Party movement, and In The Face Of Evil, lionizing President Reagan), was produced by Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette and financed independently. Today’s announcement also said that the public will be able to vote for more theater locations. It will be interesting to see whether Iowa, New Hampshire and and South Carolina screens pop up in the near future as Palin ponders a run for the White House in 2012.