Bleecker Street and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) have entered into a multi-year output deal in which UPHE will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for the Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through and Video-on-Demand platforms of Bleecker Street films in the U.S. The announcement was made jointly today by Andrew Karpen, Chief Executive Officer, Bleecker Street, and Eddie Cunningham, President UPHE.
The deal will begin with Bleecker Street’s DANNY COLLINS, starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer, which opens in select cities on March 20, 2015. Following DANNY COLLINS will be Matt Ross’ CAPTAIN FANTASTIC with Viggo Mortensen, PAWN SACRIFICE directed by Edward Zwick with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber, and Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren.
Karpen said, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Eddie and the team at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We know firsthand the level of support and enthusiasm the team brings to each title and we’re looking forward to working with them on our inaugural slate of films and for many more years to follow.”
Added Cunningham: “As one of the most talented and passionate executives in the film business today, Andrew has assembled a top-quality operation that equally boasts of a highly seasoned team and promising movie slate. Pairing Universal’s premier sales, marketing and distribution infrastructure with this accomplished group superbly positions us for a long and prosperous collaboration.”
The deal was negotiated by Kent Sanderson, President of Acquisitions & Ancillary Distribution, Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy and Stephen Einhorn on behalf of Bleecker Street and Jed Lackman, Senior Vice President – Business and Legal Affairs, UPHE.READ MORE AT DEADLINE »