Sundance: Bleecker Street Strikes Deal With Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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Andrew Karpen

The pact will begin with 'Danny Collins,' starring Al Pacino.

Bleecker Street, the new indie film distributor headed by Andrew Karpen, has struck a multi-year output deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which will handle all marketing, sales and distribution services for the Blu-ray, DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD platforms of Bleecker Street films in the U.S. The announcement was made Thursday by Karpen and Eddie Cunningham, president UPHE.

The deal will begin with Bleecker Street’s Danny Collins, directed by Dan Fogelman and starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer, which opens in select cities on March 20, followed by Matt RossCaptain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen, Pawn Sacrifice, directed by Edward Zwick and starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber, and Jay Roach’s Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Eddie and the team at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  We know firsthand the level of support and enthusiasm the team brings to each title and we’re looking forward to working with them on our inaugural slate of films and for many more years to follow,” Karpen said.

The deal was negotiated by Kent Sanderson, president of acquisitions and ancillary distribution, Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy and Stephen Einhorn on behalf of Bleecker Street and Jed Lackman, svp, business and legal affairs, UPHE.