Arthouse, Revolver in output deal


Indie production and distribution outfit Arthouse Films has sealed a three-year, multiple-title output and distribution deal with Revolver Entertainment for distribution in the U.K. and Ireland.

London-based distribution and production company Revolver will handle all rights to Arthouse Films' output across the U.K. and Ireland and will launch a label for the releases. It also gives the British indie first look at boarding upcoming projects at script stage.

The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment and Stanley Buchthal of Swiss-based production company LM Media, along with Revolver managing director Justin Marciano, acquisitions chief Nick Taussig and head of business affairs Nick Savva.

Arthouse said Revolver will be charged with the release of 10-plus titles a year.

Initial titles to roll out through the deal include "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe," by James Crump; "A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams & the Andy Warhol Factory," by Esther B. Robinson; and Morgan Neville's "The Cool School -- Story of the Ferus Art Gallery."

Arthouse Films recently signed similar output deals for its titles with Madman Entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; Mongrel Media in Canada; and Arts Alliance America for DVD distribution in the U.S.

"It's a perfect home for all of our films, filmmakers and producers we are working together with," Koh, Bright and Buchthal said.

Added Marciano, "Successful output deals require trust on both sides, and we have every faith that David, Lilly and Stanley will deliver even more wonderful films over the duration of our deal."