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The Orchard Taps Former Xbox Exec Paul Davidson As SVP Film & TV

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT

PaulDavidsonEXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has named Paul Davidson SVP Film & TV and head of the independent music, film and video distribution company’s Los Angeles office. In his new role, Davidson will work with the existing team to further develop The Orchard’s film/TV distribution business. “We’ve organically builtORCHARD_LOGO_RGB our team with an eye towards market trends and verticals with a rapidly growing digital audience; our team’s talent and tenacity is why we have clients such as Scholastic Media, the tentpole of our rapidly growing children’s category, and recent film acquisitions such as Sundance Jury Prize winner Rich Hill and Tribeca Film Festival’s top horror film The Canal, says Brad Navin, CEO of The Orchard. “Now, as the shift towards digital accelerates, Paul’s diverse experience and business acumen make him the right person to guide our strategy and lead our team.”
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Tribeca: The Orchard Acquires Horror Pic ‘The Canal’

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 10:41am PDT

imgresJust days after its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, the extremely haunted house pic The Canal has been picked up by The Orchard. With the Irish/UK co-production horror film having premiered at Tribeca on April 18, the indie distributor now plans to release The Canal in 20 major North American markets theatrically as well as online, cable, satellite and via DVD later this year through their Shock Till You Drop banner. tribeca__130410011808“Their passion and strong commitment to securing the film was clear from the outset and we look forward to working with them on it,” said producer AnneMarie Naughton of Park Films on the deal. Tracking the twin obsessions of film archivist David Williams that his wife is cheating on him and that their newly purchased period house was the scene of some very bloody and violent events, The Canal soon descends into madness and paranoia that may not be misplaced. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh, the 90-minute pic stars Rupert Evans and Antonia Campbell-Hughes, with Hannah Hoekstra, Kelly Byrne and Steve Oram. The film was produced by with co-producers Vaughan Sivell and Sander Verdonk. Today’s deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Craig Sussman along with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Independent Lens & The Orchard Acquire Sundance Winner ‘Rich Hill’

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 4:31pm PDT

RichHallRich Hill, the Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz documentary that won a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, has been acquired by TV series Independent Lens and music distributor The Orchard. Independent Lens, which airs on PBS, funded and aired Droz Tragos’ debut film Be Good, Smile Pretty, which went on to win an Emmy for Best Documentary. The Orchard will distribute Rich Hill theatrically in 18 markets, as well as across digital outlets via its fest and docu label Opus Docs. The pic follows the stories and lives of three teenage boys and their families living on the edge of poverty in the town of Rich Hill, MO, as they deal with daily challenges of growing up. Zac Bright and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers; head of acquisitions Danielle DiGiacom negotiated the deal for The Orchard.

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