Canada's D Films, Icon U.K. ink deal

Indie distributor to handle up to six titles annually

TORONTO -- A month after he joined Canadian indie distributor D Films as chairman of the board, Darryl Iwai is back in business with Icon U.K. Group's Stewart Till (HR, June 9).

As part of a multi-year agreement unveiled Thursday, D Films will start releasing five to six Icon titles annually, before increasing the number to six to eight films a year.

And Till, who worked with Iwai at PolyGram and Signpost, will join the board of D Films as the Toronto-based boutique distributor raises its game in the local market with the Icon deal.

"Darryl and Jim (Sherry's) track record as premier film executives will ensure that D Films will quickly become a significant and impressive distributor in Canada. We are very happy to entrust our films to them," Till said in a statement.

The Canadian deal marks another international step for Till after he acquired the U.K. operations of the Los Angeles-based Icon Group in November 2009 and inked a first-look deal with Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson's Icon Productions.

Iwai was president of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Canada from 1994 until 2000, before he did a short stint as president of worldwide distribution for Till's London-based Signpost Films, which had backing from a Canadian investment group.

D Films, a Toronto-based boutique distributor, launched in 2009 under president and CEO Jim Sherry.

The Canadian distribution deal with Icon was hammered out by Sherry and Iwai for D Films and Till, Dave Harries and Anthony Buckner for Icon Entertainment International, Icon's London-based distribution arm.
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