Berlin: Magnolia Pictures Taps VSC for Canadian Output Deal

The two-year agreement kicks off with the Israeli film "Big Bad Wolves" and "Alan Partridge," which stars Steve Coogan. 

VANCOUVER – Magnolia Pictures has inked a Canadian output deal with local distributor Video Services Corp.

The two-year agreement will see VSC release up to 30 films a year exclusively for the Canadian market from Magnolia and Magnet Releasing.

The deal kicks off with the current release of Israeli film Big Bad Wolves, followed in March by Alan Partridge, which stars Steve Coogan. 

In the past year VSC has released Magnolia titles that include A Hijacking, Bad Milo!, Prince Avalanche and Touchy Feely.

"We look forward to the rewards of bringing Magnolia’s uniquely creative and compelling 2014 slate to Canadian cinephiles. The films coming from Magnolia and Magnet have an adventurous quality that is a perfect fit with VSC’s catalogue and philosophy," said VSC president Jonathan Gross in a statement on Friday.

Other upcoming 2014 releases include the horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 and the Toronto festival titles Life’s a Breeze and The Sacrament.

Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles, in his own statement on Friday, said the two partners looked to "significantly grow" the Canadian box office for the Magnolia and Magnet titles.