Hart Sharp acquired by digital distrib

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Hart Sharp Video has been acquired by a London-based digital film distributor, a move company president Joe Amodei said should lead to significant expansion in content and distribution channels for the indie home entertainment supplier.

Arts Alliance Media paid an unspecified sum for Hart Sharp, best known for its top-selling Morgan Spurlock documentary "Super Size Me." The sale gives Arts Alliance a North American base with greater access to U.S. filmmakers to feed its digital distribution network, said to be the largest in Europe.

Hart Sharp, in turn, gets an infusion of money and entree into digital distribution.

"We will now be able to expand our business further by establishing a new online presence based on existing AAM technology and services that will enable for a wider, more immediate distribution of our film content," Amodei said. "The new innovative areas of digital home distribution are extremely exciting to us."

AAM CEO Howard Kiedaisch called Amodei and his team "a savvy and well-respected group of professionals."

"Many great opportunities lie ahead for us as we take our digital home distribution business to new heights," he said.

Amodei, a 20-year veteran of the home entertainment business, founded Hart Sharp Video in January 2003 after the shuttering of USA Films' home video division, of which he was president. Hart Sharp has distributed an eclectic array of product, from "Super Size Me" and other documentaries to feature films, TV-DVD and sports titles.

Upcoming releases include "The Tiger and the Snow," from Oscar-winning director Roberto Benigni (Tuesday).
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