U.K.'s Dogwoof partners with IndiePix

Distributors form alliance to boost indie movie prospects

LONDON -- U.K. indie film distributor Dogwoof has formed a strategic partnership with New York-based Internet distribution banner IndiePix to "widen the reach of independent film" here and across the pond.

The alliance, which has no contractual time constraints, will enable IndiePix to extend its movie distribution ambitions across the U.K. and enable Dogwoof to distribute its titles in the U.S.

The partnership also provides opportunities for each player to extend its industry and consumer links. Financial details will be worked out on a film-by-film basis, the parties said.

Dogwoof will promote IndiePix's leading titles across the U.K. across platforms including theatrical screenings, DVD sales, TV contracts and online distribution.

The documentary "End of America," based on Naomi Wolf's book, will be the first IndiePix title to go live in the U.K. through Dogwoof, the companies said Tuesday. It will be launched in January in the U.K. after its release in the U.S.

Through the deal, Dogwoof also gains more market muscle and will look to acquire broader rights and "step up its offers for U.K. titles."

"Dogwoof has great taste and judgment in the films they are offering, and it is clear that we are simply kindred spirits in our approaches to independent film," IndiePix Studios head Ryan Harrington said.

Dogwoof CEO Andy Whittaker said: "With a competitive cost structure, a growing audience, as well as greater connectivity to digital content, this partnership will help us to continue developing a strong offering for both filmmakers and consumers alike."

IndiePix president Bob Alexander said his company's latest move is part of a plan to form strategic link ups to build opportunities for indie film distribution. The company has struck deals with iTunes and with Snag Films for movie streaming.

"This latest agreement with Dogwoof will really springboard both companies into new and target geographies and continue extending our mutual commitment to widening the reach for independent films," Alexander said.
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