Duo forms distribution firm


Rich Wolff and Richard Ross, both former TLA Releasing execs, are launching a new North American distribution company, Breaking Glass Pictures, named after David Bowie's 1995 song.

The new distributor, which said it would not restrict itself to any particular genre, has begun to develop a slate that includes the rock film "The Band," from Australian director Anna Brownfield, and director Everett Lewis' "Lucky Bastard," about a man whose life spirals out of control when he falls for a street hustler.

In early 2010, The company will release Morgan J. Freeman's road movie "Just Like the Son," starring Rosie Perez and Mark Webber.

The company is looking to line up other distribution agreements for both individual films and catalogs and also plans to provide service deals.

And it will distribute up to 12 titles annually through the new specialty label Vicious Circle Films, focusing on extreme material, such as "Hanger," Ryan Nicholson's film about a fetus from a botched abortion who seeks revenge, and Joseph Guzman's "Run Bitch Run," which bills itself as an homage to the classic rape revenge movies.

At TLA, Wolff was a partner and the director of acquisitions, and Ross was director of North American and U.K. sales. In their new outfit, Wolff will serve as CEO and co-president, while Ross will be co-president and director of domestic and international sales.

They have also struck a voint venture relationship with Tony Romeo's Bounty Entertainment, which has taken a financial interest in Breaking Glass and will use Wolff and Ross to acquire films for worldwide sales in addition to their respective territories.
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