Peace Arch, First Look pact


Canadian producer Peace Arch said Thursday that it has acquired the exclusive Canadian rights to 32 films from First Look Studios, mostly for domestic broadcast.

Toronto-based Peace Arch said five of the First Look titles will be released theatrically in Canada, including Tommy O'Haver's "An American Crime," Gregg Araki's "Smiley Face" and Michael Traeger's "The Amateurs," which stars Jeff Bridges and Ted Danson.

The remaining 27 titles in the distribution deal will be shopped to Canadian broadcasters.

First Look in February signed a long-term output deal that grants Peace Arch exclusive Canadian DVD rights to all of its film titles.

"Peace Arch's solid distribution footprint in Canada will enable us to fully exploit these 32 films," said Dave Sobieraj, president of strategic planning and television of First Look Studios.