Online film hub Jaman launches in U.K.

Company provides films for free streaming or downloads

LONDON -- Online film hub Jaman has landed in the U.K., tapping former MySpace U.K. managing director David Fischer to lead its movie download and streaming service in the territory.

Fischer and his team said Wednesday that Jaman U.K. already has partnered with Pathe Films here to promote the digital campaign for Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and hopes the relationship with the French-owned, British-based company "grows over time."

Jaman U.K. also has partnered with the British Film Institute on a range of activities, including rights deals on BFI catalog titles.

"Jaman's international ambition is to build upon our leadership position serving a discerning, independently minded global audience," Fischer said.

To bolster the international rollout ambitions, Jaman U.K. will be premiering the Michael Douglas, Liam Neeson starrer "Trumbo." Jaman will be the film's exclusive distributor in the U.K for a six-week premiere period that begins Thursday. Jaman acquired the rights from ContentFilm.

"Trumbo" tells the story of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who, after condemning the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, was placed on the infamous "Hollywood blacklist" and jailed for a year.

The service also allows Jaman account holders to connect to other sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and Yelp to discuss movies, share reviews and opinions.

The Silicon Valley-based company launched in 2007 and is now one of the largest and fastest-growing film Web sites.

Jaman has more than 1,000 titles for its U.K. launch including Peter Greenaway's "The Draughtsman's Contract," Dogme 95 film "The Celebration," "Dancer in the Dark" starring Bjork and Catherine Deneuve, and Terence Davies' debut feature "Distant Voices, Still Lives."

These films complement a library of more than 4,500 world cinema titles, which include a collection of international dramas, documentaries and shorts, Japanese anime titles and Bollywood hits.