DreamWorks Studios Signs Additional Foreign Output Deals
DreamWorks Studios has inked additional key partnership deals with independent distributors through its existing collaboration with David Garrett's Mister Smith.
Mister Smith, which currently represents DreamWorks Studios' titles for Europe, the Middle East and Africa has inked a deal with Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Metropolitan FilmExport in France for DreamWorks' output.
The studio output agreement with Metropolitan means the French indie giant will distribute titles in all media spanning theatrical, home entertainment, and TV.
DreamWorks president and COO Jeff Small said: "We know Metropolitan to be amongst the strongest independents in Europe, and we are thrilled to be in business with them."
Samuel and Victor Hadida described the deal as "a natural progression" for the pair's business "and of our handling the best English language films for the French marketplace."
As part of DreamWorks’ strategy to create a network of partnerships for their movie output internationally, two additional deals have been concluded with Inter-Film for the Ukraine in an output deal negotiated by Oleg Golovashkin.
And a multi-picture agreement with MediaPro for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary negotiated by Anca Truta was also struck.
"Seven months ago we began building our network of partners and are very pleased to be enhancing our network with these first class distributors,” Small added.
Mister Smith CEO David Garrett said: "We have been enormously gratified by the reception to the DreamWorks presentation and the enthusiasm of all these companies to join with DreamWorks moving forward. We are thrilled now to have Metropolitan join along with Inter-Film and MediaPro."
DreamWorks previously announced partnerships with Constantin Film in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Entertainment One (eOne) in UK and Benelux, Nordisk Film in Scandinavia, Italia Film in the Middle East, Acme in the Baltics, Blitz for former Yugoslavia and Albania; Odeon in Greece; Sam Film in Iceland; United King in Israel; Andrea Leone Film in Italy; Monolith in Poland; Lusomundo in Portugal; a joint venture with Tri Pictures & DeaPlaneta for Spain; and Fida Film in Turkey.
DreamWorks’ domestic distributor, The Walt Disney Company, will continue to handle North America, Latin America, Asia, Russia and Australia.
Reliance continues to finance production of DreamWorks’ films and hold distribution rights in India.
Mister Smith represents DreamWorks Studios films for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The current slate includes the romantic comedy Ken Scott's Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch and the action packed Need For Speed, directed by Scott Waugh and starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots.
DreamWorks Studios, formed in 2009, is led by Steven Spielberg who is currently in France on duty as the president of the Cannes Film Festival and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.