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Cannes Pic ‘La Grande Bellezza’ To Get Janus, Criterion Release

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT

Janus Films has taken U.S. rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), which debuted in competition at Cannes to acclaim in May. The pic tells a Fellini-esque tale of a playboy journalist (Toni Servillo) looking back on his life among Rome’s high society on his 65th birthday. Janus and home vid partner Criterion Collection will distribute the film stateside after its Toronto Film Festival premiere next month. La Grande Bellezza will first open in NY on November 15 before hitting LA on November 22 and additional cities November 29. Cineaste specialist label Criterion will put out a subsequent home video release. Janus struck the deal with international distributor Pathe. In May, Mongrel Media picked up Canadian rights out of Cannes.

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Merchant Ivory & Criterion’s Janus Films Settle Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT

Room With A View filmmakers Merchant Ivory and Janus Films have come to a deal in the production company’s legal action against the Criterion Collection distributers. While no details of the settlement were made public, a federal judge in New York signed off Wednesday on the dismissal (read it here) of the case jointly requested by all parties. Because the dismissal is with prejudice, each party is paying its own legal costs. Merchant Ivory filed suit against Janus last August claiming that the company was distributing 25 of its films despite the fact that licensing agreements for those films had expired. Requesting a jury trial, Merchant Ivory asked the court to halt any further distribution by Janus. The James Ivory co-founded company also sought statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement as well any profits Janus many have made from the films in question, any losses it might have incurred in not being able to distribute them plus legal fees. Added to the legal mix was HanWay Films, with whom Janus had inked a 15-year extension of the licensing deals under the premise that they were an authorized sales agent of Merchant Ivory. The company said that in fact, HanWay was not authorized by them in any way though the two had discussed a marketing deal that never materialized. After the initial … Read More »

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