Fortissimo to handle Roven's 'Live!' sales


BERLIN -- Film sales and financing company Fortissimo Films has pacted with Charles Roven and his Mosaic Media Group to handle worldwide sales outside North America on the Roven-produced "Live!" to kick-start a new collaboration between the two companies, the parties are set to announce Wednesday .

Fortissimo is expected to be joined at the European Film Market here by Roven to meet and greet buyers looking at the title for international acquisition.

Billed as a satire on the modern obsession with reality TV, "Live!" follows an ambitious TV network executive who wishes to produce a game show on which the contestants play Russian Roulette for the highest possible stakes.

The movie, directed by Bill Guttentag, stars Eva Mendes, David Krumholtz, Andre Braugher and Eric Lively.

"Live!" represents Fortissimo's first collaboration with Mosaic and Roven, with the deal brokered by Roven and Fortissimo co-chairman Michael Werner.

Roven said he is "looking forward to working with (Fortissimo) on the title's international sales strategy."

Werner described "Live!" as "shockingly compelling and disturbing."