AFM 2011: New Regency, A Company Ink Three-Year Deal (Exclusive)
New Regency has signed a new three-year output deal with Berlin-based licenser/distributor A Company, which will give A Company exclusive rights to New Regency’s slate for Russia and the other CIS territories.
Included in the deal are such titles as Andrew Niccol’s sleeper sci-fi thriller In Time featuring Justin Timberlake and action comedy Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
Separately, A Company has signed licensing deals with five separate Russian free-TV channels, including market leader Channel One, for a package of 105 films from its library. In addition to the New Regency titles, the agreements include the hotly anticipated Cloud Atlas from directors Tom Tywker and Andy and Lana Wachowski. A Company is a co-producer on Atlas, which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant and is currently shooting at Studio Babelsberg in Germany.
The TV deals were signed separately with each individual channel but are closely coordinated allowing the five Russia networks different runs for individual titles. The agreements do not include the first TV run of Cloud Atlas, which A Company is holding back until the project gets closer to completion.