Lionsgate, Newmarket ink distribution deal

Studio to handle indie's movies on all home ent. platforms

Lionsgate on Tuesday announced an exclusive arrangement with Newmarket to distribute the indie's movies on all home entertainment platforms.

The pact's first title is the Charles Darwin biopic "Creation," which hits DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital channels June 29. Most Newmarket catalog titles also will be distributed by Lionsgate.

"This deal is the perfect partnership for our company as we continue to grow and expand our theatrical distribution business," Newmarket president Chris Ball said.

"I have known Chris for many years and have long admired how he has grown Newmarket into one of the top producers and distributors of independent film in the world," Lionsgate president Steve Beeks said.

Founded in 1994 by Ball and William Tyrer, Newmarket recently was acquired by Exclusive Media Group, whose labels include Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures. Newmarket aims to release six to eight films a year theatrically.
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