Megan Ellison's Annapurna Adds to Global Footprint

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Megan Ellison, Marc Weinstock

The film production company has struck more international distribution deals as it readies Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' for release.

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures continues to grow its global footprint as the film production company evolves into a full-fledged indie studio.

Annapurna has struck three new multiyear international distribution deals that cover Japan (Longride), France (Mars) and Italy (Eagle Pictures/Leone Film Group). Wednesday's announcement comes days after Annapurna announced a major pact with Entertainment One to distribute its films in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.

The output deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment, beginning with Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, the first movie to be distributed by Annapurna. The period crime drama is set to hits theaters Aug. 4 in the U.S.

Ellison, who made a name for herself producing a slew of prestige films, including Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, has hired a slew of veteran executives in recent months to run the new studio, including longtime studio marketing executive Marc Weinstock, who now serves as president of Annapurna, and Eric Lomis, who is head of distribution.

Annapurna's Kimberly Fox and Don Hardison negotiated the output deals for Italy, France and Japan.

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