Alliance inks three distribution deals

Relativity, Grosvenor Park, Freestyle added to slate

VANCOUVER -- Alliance Films has closed a trio of multiyear distribution agreements, inking deals with financiers Relativity Media, Grosvenor Park and Freestyle Releasing.

The three partnerships expand on a slate of titles already supplied by Focus Features, the Weinstein Co., Overture Films and Remstar.

Relativity's first two titles for Alliance are the thriller "A Perfect Getaway," starring Milla Jovovich, and the drama "Brothers," with Natalie Portman. The deal calls for at least six films per year in Canada and the U.K. Relativity has raised $5.5 billion in film financing to date.

Grosvenor Park has 400 titles and $5 billion in financing under its belt. Upcoming titles for Canadian distribution include "Disaster Movie" by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer; Ed Zwick wartime drama "Defiance," starring Daniel Craig; and Kathryn Bigelow's "Hurt Locker."

Freestyle Releasing ("Bottle Shock") is slated to release the Halloween film "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and the animated feature "Delgo."

Alliance also said that it will extend its representation of Warner Bros.' New Line label into late 2009. The extension will cover titles including the Viggo Mortensen starrer "Appaloosa"; "Four Christmases," with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn; and "He's Just Not That Into You," starring Jennifer Aniston.

"I'm very pleased that Alliance will represent the best of the new Hollywood in Canada," Alliance CEO Victor Loewy said Tuesday. "Don Starr and the team at Grosvenor Park have been making excellent choices in film for 25 years and have built an outstanding reputation with the U.S. studios who vie for their films."

Alliance also announced the appointment of Alison Cornwall as CFO, and named Patrick Roy CEO of it Quebec distribution arm, Alliance Vivafilm. Cornwall will work out of the company's London office.