'Winning Season' for Lionsgate

James Strouse's second Sundance deal in three years

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PARK CITY -- In its first buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Lionsgate has picked up U.S. and U.K. rights to sports pic "The Winning Season."

James Strouse's film stars Sam Rockwell as the coach of a women's high school basketball team on which his daughter (Emma Roberts) also plays. The film was a late addition to the fest, playing well in its Monday-night premiere.

The sale marks Strouse's second Sundance deal in three years; in 2007, he sold John Cusack-starrer "Grace Is Gone" to the Weinstein Co.

Plum Pictures and Gigi Films produced the pic, while Cinetic Media repped the filmmakers.