Jim Sherry starts indie distribution label

Former Miramax exec launches D Films

TORONTO -- A month after he stepped down as co-president of Canadian indie distributor Maple Pictures, Jim Sherry has launched his own domestic indie distribution label.

Sherry, a former Miramax Films executive, becomes president of Toronto-based D Films, while remaining a consultant for Maple Pictures.

Earlier, Sherry was president of Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, Canada's largest indie film distributor, before that company was acquired in 2007 by Goldman Sachs & Co. and re-emerged as Alliance Films.

He also will reteam at D Films with veteran distributor Tony Cianciotta, most recently a consultant at Maple Pictures, who will acquire titles for the new indie label.

D Films intends to acquire film rights for all platforms, starting at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sherry and Cianciotta will also challenge Canadian market leaders Alliance Films and Entertainment One as both diversify into the European market via recent acquisitions.