Liberation, Netflix score 'Kicking' rights

4:00 AM PST 01/27/2008 by Gregg Goldstein, Steven Zeitchik

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PARK CITY -- Indie distributor Liberation Entertainment and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment picked up rights to the Sundance soccer docu "Kicking It."

In the low-to-mid six figure deal, Netflix will stream the film to its subscribers simultaneously with ESPN's airing after Liberation's theatrical release. Liberation will be handle North American and Central American theatrical, DVD and ancillary rights to the film, while Red Envelope will have domestic home video rights for Netflix.

Susan Koch's feature, produced by AOL vice chairman emeritus Ted Leonsis (last year's Sundance winner "Nanking"), follows seven homeless players from around the world who compete in the fourth annual Homeless World Cup.

ESPN picked up worldwide TV and digital distribution rights earlier this week. Leonsis and exec producer Rick Allen repped the earlier network deal.

CAA and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment repped the Liberation and Red Envelope deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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