'Sexual' adding notches to bedpost
EmptyHouse of Knowledge World Sales has been racking up international territories for the HBO documentary "Sexual Intelligence," starring "Sex and the City's" Kim Cattrall, with Pony Canyon picking up Japanese rights, Issan Entertainment grabbing Spain and Peekshill signing for all of Eastern Europe.
Constantine Film previously grabbed German rights on the docu, a 90-minute history of sex and sexual fantasies. House of Knowledge also has closed for Benelux (Dutch Film Works) and Scandinavia (Noble Entertainment), with France in "active negotiation," the company said. House of Knowledge also signed deals for "Poker to Win," featuring legendary cardsharp Howard Lederer, with Constantine for Germany, Roma Movie in Italy, Dutch Film Works in Benelux and Noble in Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Studio 2.0 has prebought "City of Amber" and "Step Up 2" from Hollywood shingle Summit Entertainment. It also sold "Aachi and Ssipak" to Australia's Madman Pictures and to Switzerland's Film Verleih Gruppe for distribution in German-language territories in Europe. The company also sold "Film Epitaph" to Encore for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia and sold "My Captain, Mr. Underground" to Karabi for Iran. Pay TV rights went to Nettai in Japan for "Captain," "Season in the Sun" and "Cello," a sales executive said.
In other market news:
Peace Arch Entertainment Group reported that Icon Entertainment has bought Australia/ New Zealand rights to "Winged Creatures." Other buyers who have taken the film include Imagem in Latin America, AVE in Greece, IL Film in Israel, Lusomundo in Portugal, Front Row in the Middle East, Monolith in Poland, Blitz in the former Yugoslavia and Lark Films Distribution in Hong Kong/Macau.
U.S. rights to the ensemble drama, directed by Rowan Woods, were snapped up last week by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.
Other films that Peace Arch closed at Cannes include the romantic comedy "The Deal," starring William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J and Elliott Gould. The romantic comedy was sold to Fivia in Central and Eastern Europe, Imagem in Latin America, Entertainment in Motion for in-flight, AVE in Greece, IL Film in Israel, Luxor in Russia/CIS, Pa-Dora in Central and Eastern Europe, Lusomundo in Portugal, Front Row in the Middle East and Moonlight for Benelux.
Another romantic comedy, "Watching the Detectives," sold to Luxor in Russia/CIS, Lusomundo in Portugal and Jaguar Distribution for in-flight. The theatrical deals were negotiated by Julie Sultan, Peace Arch exec vp international theatrical sales.
U.K. distributor Revolver has picked up rights to distribute Daniele Luchetti's "My Brother Is an Only Child," the first major sale for the ThinkFilm product.
Los Angeles-based Lightening Entertainment has sold the drama "Bonneville," starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen and Tom Skerritt, in a slew of territories including France (Swift), Italy (Teodora), CCV (Scandinavia), China (Union Biomedia), Isreal (IL Films), Brazil (Paris Filmes) and South Africa (Ster-Kinekor), among others.
Its teen comedy "Cougar Club," starring Joe Mantegna, Faye Dunaway and Carrie Fisher, has gone to Japan (AMG), Korea (K-Entertainment), Scandinavia (Universal), Portugal (Filmitalus), South Africa (Ster-Kinekor), Hungary (RT), Brazil (Alphaville) and Romania (ITV).
Germany's Bavaria Film International sold Israeli siege film "Beaufort" to SPO of Japan and closed multiple smaller territories on Czech period piece "I Served the King of England," German drama "And Along Come Tourists," Serbian crime thriller "The Trap" and Uruguayan tragicomedy "El Bano del Papa."
Scott Roxborough, Jonathan Landreth, Eric J. Lyman and Stuart Kemp contributed to this report.