Transmedia buys a comfy 'Chair'


CANNES -- Upstart U.K. indie distributor Transmedia International Releasing has snapped up all U.K. rights to the Christopher Plummer starrer "The Man in the Chair" from Shoreline Entertainment.

In the movie, Plummer plays an old Hollywood gaffer who "gets one last chance to work on a movie set when a teenage film buff asks him for help," according to movie backers.

Established by chairman and CEO Simon Caplan less than two years ago, Transmedia sealed the deal with Shoreline as the Marche du Film began, Caplan said.

"I just loved the film from the minute I sat down to see it," Caplan said. "I just had to get the film for the U.K." He negotiated the deal with Shoreline director of worldwide sales Sam Eigen.

The company's growing release slate counts Juliette Binoche starrer "A Few Days in September," directed by Santiago Amigorena, and Anthony Byrne's feature writing and directorial debut, "Short Order," which Caplan says will be released under the title "Life Is a Buffet" on its slate.

It previously rolled out John Daly's "The Aryan Couple," starring Oscar winner Martin Landau in British theaters last year.