AFM: Participant, Japan's Gaga Sign Multiyear Output Deal

Mark Ruffalo in Dark Waters - Publicity - H 2019
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The Japanese distributor will handle all films from the 'Green Book' and 'Roma' producer that are financed via its investment in Amblin Partners.

Green Book and Roma producer Participant has inked a multiyear output deal with Japanese distribution giant Gaga Corporation, the companies announced Saturday at AFM.

The agreement will see Gaga take Japanese rights to Participant’s films that are financed via its investment in features produced via Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners shingle.

Participant and Gaga have worked together on a number of films over the past several years, including the Oscar-winning Green Book, which grossed close to $20 million at the Japanese box office.

Other Participant titles that Gaga has released locally include The Great Invisible, A Most Violent Year and On the Basis of Sex.

"Gaga is one of the premier film distributors in Japan focused on entertaining and impactful storytelling, and we are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Tom Yoda, Kiyoshi Watanabe and the rest of the team," said Participant CEO David Linde.

"We highly respect and trust David and his creative teams' tasteful and commercial eyes such as Green Book, as well as Roma," said Gaga chairman Tom Yoda. "We are hoping that we can work with Participant not only as a film distribution partner in Japan, but also in film productions in the near future."

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Todd Haynes' Dark Waters would be part of the Participant-Gaga deal.