Ealing Studios closes 'Dorian Gray' deals

Deal with Alliance sends pic to multiple territories

LONDON -- The latest celluloid picture of "Dorian Gray" is shipping to Canada, the U.K., Spain, Italy and Scandinavia through a multiterritory deal struck between sales and financier Ealing Studios International and distributor Alliance Films.

The Canadian-based distributor will push the picture out using its subsidiaries Alliance Films in Canada, Momentum Pictures in the U.K., Aurum in Spain and its partners Eagle in Italy and Scanbox across Scandinavia.

Introduced to buyers during this year's Marche du Film in Cannes, "Gray" also went to Concorde for German-speaking territories while Village Roadshow took Australia and New Zealand rights.

Ben Barnes, on screens as Prince Caspian in the recently released "Chronicles of Narnia" sequel, is cast to play Oscar Wilde's iconic character in an adaptation of the author's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

Ealing also reported strong sales for Richard Eyre's "The Other Man," sealing deals with A Film for Benelux, California Films for Latin America and Village Roadshow in Australia and New Zealand.

An Ealing spokesperson said it also has struck its first deal with Luis De Val's new venture Wide Pictures, for Spanish rights to the Eyre project.

"Establishing new relationships with first rate companies such as Alliance Films and A Films, and continuing to work with old friends like Village Roadshow and Concorde was part of the Ealing Studios dream when we established our sales arm 18 months ago," Ealing Studios International head of sales and distribution Natalie Brenner said.