GoDigital hired ex-Focus Features exec Kent Sanderson at the beginning of the year as EVP Theatrical Distribution & Merchandising and now has a new role for him: teaming with Variance Films president Dylan Marchetti to help run Amplify, a new all-rights film distributor based in NY that will kick off its acquisitions business at the Sundance Film Festival that starts tomorrow. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey will be CEO of the venture, which plans 7-10 films a year. GoDigital and Variance will also continue as separate brands. Here’s the release:
New York, NY (January 14, 2014) – GoDigital, Inc. and Variance Films are merging and will rebrand as Amplify, a new all-rights film distribution company, it was announced today by GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti.
Marchetti will serve as Amplify’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution & Marketing and will join Kent Sanderson in Amplify’s New York City office. Sanderson was recently brought on to serve as Executive Vice President of Distribution & Merchandising from Focus Features. Mulvey will function as Amplify’s CEO, overseeing operations and administration, and will work directly with Marchetti and Sanderson to lead the merged company.
Amplify plans to release seven to ten films per year across all platforms, with an emphasis on matching quality films with the proper release strategy on a film-by-film basis, whether that be a day
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As EVP of Distribution & Merchandising, Kent Sanderson will have oversight of the company’s cable, satellite and digital platform relationships as well as manage content windowing and marketing opportunities with the various digital retailers. He’ll also be handling acquisitions for the company at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The company announced his appointment today. He will report to GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey.
Sanderson joins GoDigital following the recent shakeup at Focus, with the exit of James Schamus and Peter Schlessel taking over the reins of the film label. At Focus, Sanderson most recently served as Director, Alternative Content & Distribution. His credits include Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks, and Sundance pics The Lifeguard and C.O.G. He also worked on the campaigns for The World’s End, The Place Beyond The Pines, and Moonrise Kingdom.
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A documentary about skateboarding’s best has a new home online and on video on demand before its Tribeca Fim Festival debut later this week. GoDigital announced today that they have picked up the North American digital and VOD rights to The Motivation. The Adam Bhala Lough-directed film will have its world premiere on April 26 at Tribeca. GoDigital will make the documentary about eight of the world’s top pro skateboarders as they prepare for the prestigious Street League Championship available on digital and cable VOD in August. “I’ve been following Adam’s work since his first feature, Bomb the System. He’s a visionary filmmaker and we are thrilled to be working with him to bring The Motivation to action sports fans, and ultimately, audiences everywhere,” said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey today in a statement. Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films and GoDigital’s Chief Content Officer Jason Beck negotiated the sale. The Motivation will have a limited theatrical release and play other festivals after its Tribeca debut.
The SXSW Film Festival officially begins Friday, but early deals were brewing ahead of the festivities. Digital distribution specialist GoDigital has nabbed North American rights to The Punk Syndrome, a docu about a Finnish band comprised of four mentally handicapped musicians that makes its stateside debut Tuesday in Austin. (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will play a live show at SXSW on March 15.) “This is a documentary unlike any we’ve seen, telling a story unlike anything we’ve heard”, said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey of director Jukka Kärkkainen’s pic, which will hit VOD and digital distribution this summer.
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Digital distribution outfit GoDigital has pacted with 108 Media in a deal that will see GoDigital distribute eight films acquired by the Toronto-based distribution and foreign sales company. Each film will see a theatrical release through 108 Media’s partnership with Mark Urman’s Paladin, and rollouts will include traditional releases as well as day-and-date theatrical and VOD. 108 Media’s slate includes Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children; Michel Gondry’s latest film The We And The I; the Sundance and Berlin prize-winning drama My Brother The Devil; the comic fable And Now A Word From Our Sponsor starring Parker Posey and Bruce Greenwood; Myn Bala: Warriors Of The Steppe, Kazakhstan’s entry for this year’s foreign-language Oscar race; documentaries Buffalo Girls about child boxing in Thailand and Daniland, about amateur pornographer DanLeal; and the animated film Leafie, a Korean pic that 108 is re-voicing into English for its North American release.
The Big Fix is getting a big June 19 release day. That’s the day the Green Planets Productions documentary will be coming out on both DVD and digital via Lionsgate and digital distributor GoDigital. Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, who made the award winning 2008 documentary Fuel, directed and produced The Big Fix. The film was the only Official Selection Documentary of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The Big Fix details the 2010 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the resulting oil spill and the environmental and political aftermath. The Big Fix’s executive producers are Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger and Peter Fonda, who narrates the film. Associate producer Jason Mraz contributed the new song “Collapsible Plans,” to the film.
This coming weekend’s specialty releases include Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Bad Ass, starring Danny Trejo as a Vietnam veteran who takes matters into his own hands to solve a murder, while Indican Pictures’ Falling Away takes a look at a Los Angeles inner-city neighborhood reeling from the aftermath of a devastating school bus crash. Also among Friday’s limited openers is English-language foreign film Late Bloomers starring Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt as a couple confronting their pre-retirement years with divergent results. And documentary Unraveled is a fascinating look at the gilded house arrest of Marc Dreier, a convicted ponzi mastermind who plundered over $700 million from investors, a crime that was overshadowed only by Bernard Madoff’s arrest for the largest fraud scheme in American history just days before.
Director: Craig Moss
Writers: Craig Moss, Elliot Tishman
Cast: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
The folks behind action-drama Bad Ass didn’t get much help in terms of resources putting their project together. One jurisdiction even withdrew promised support, which prompted the production to re-locate altogether. “We developed the film in house and financed the film from our own private equity sources without pre-sales,” producer Ash Shah told Deadline. ”It actually came together pretty quickly. The only hiccup we had was after being approved for a rebate from a state (unidentified), they turned around and decided they weren’t going to honor their approval. We had a window with Danny Trejo’s availability so we decided to shoot in LA instead.” Once in LA though, the production went “pretty straightforward,” noted Shah who added that director Craig Moss delivered a “fun and action packed movie for the Grindhouse crowd.” The film centers on a vet who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus. After his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime, he again takes matters into his own hands. Read More »
GoDigital has acquired the U.S. digital rights to the indie thriller Zyzzyx Road, which stars Katherine Heigl, Tom Sizemore and Leo Grillo. The purchaser is embracing the fact that the film has been called the lowest grossing film of all time, after it was shown for seven days at a small theater in Dallas, Texas to fulfill the U.S. release obligation required by the Screen Actors Guild for low-budget films. Total gross? $30.
“The film’s DVD run in the worldwide market has been successful, and we are excited to finally move into US households. We know a lot of consumers are out there waiting, and pairing up with GoDigital on this was an easy decision,” said Grillo, who’s executive producer.
“We love the story behind this film and are thrilled to be part of what we believe will be a happy ending, I am confident it will make us more than $30,” added GoDigital Director of Marketing, Barry Daffurn, with a smile. Good thing digital releases don’t require PR participation of the film’s stars the way theatrical releases do, it doesn’t stand to reason that Heigl would embrace this film’s notorious claim to box office infamy.
The deal with GoDigital includes North American VOD and digital distribution rights for the film starring Anita Briem (The Tudors), Melonie Diaz (Hamlet 2) and Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie) and directed by Ty Hodges. Produced by Omar Epps (Scream 2), You, Me & The Circus centers around four young Angelenos who are simultaneously dealing with the verge of a break-up and the spark of a fresh romance. Mulvey and Premjit Panicker of Panicker Law negotiated on behalf of GoDigital with ICM and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content working on behalf of the filmmakers. The film will initially be released on cable and broadband VOD in early Summer 2012. Omar Epps is represented by ICM, Anonymous Content and attorney Steve Warren. GoDigital has distributed over 300 films through their output arrangement with Lionsgate Home Entertainment and other companies.
Content targeting US’s residents of Latin American origin got a second boost in as many days following yesterday’s announcement that Robert Rodriguez will help spearhead a new Latino cable network. Today, digital content distributor GoDigital said it picked up VOD, Electronic Sell-Thru, and PPV rights to a majority of Latin Anywhere’s Spanish-language film library of 1,000 titles. The pact includes U.S. digital and VOD rights to 600 films and worldwide rights to over 200 films. One of the largest Spanish-language film libraries in the United States, the deal is the first to allow Latin Anywhere’s film library to be available for digital release. In related news, GoDigital also picked up the VOD rights to the independent, romantic comedy Nesting which is set to be released in spring of 2012. PMK/BNC Films will be handling the theatrical distribution. John Chuldenko wrote and directed the film with Dangertrain Films producing. Founded in 2008 GoDigital has distributed over 300 films through its output arrangement with Lionsgate in addition to other outlets including iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Dish, inDemand and TVN. The majority of film’s included in today’s deal with Latin Anywhere are comedies, action/adventure, drama and Mexican rodeo.