Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Icon Titles Go To Exclusive Media

By Liza Foreman

Exclusive Media is going to represent Icon Entertainment International’s 200 plus title international library, marking a significant expansion of Exclusive Media’s home entertainment portfolio, it was announced on Tuesday.

This substantial addition from Icon’s international stable into Exclusive Media’s existing library, brings notable titles such as  "What Women Want," " An Ideal Husband," "Mean Streets," and "Project Nim," and the recently released d Ralph Fiennes directorial debut "Coriolanus" to the company’s international sales portfolio. Several titles feature the legendary Hammer actor Sir Christopher Lee, including five films from the 1960’s ‘Fu Manchu’ series.

The deal, negotiated by Guy East, Marc Schipper and Peter Naish of Exclusive Media with Aviv Giladi and Estelle Overs of Icon UK Group, sees Exclusive Media take over all Icon Entertainment International’s titles as well as the Majestic Films library. Under the Majestic Films banner, originally founded by Exclusive Media’s Guy East, the library includes titles such as "Into The West."

Guy East, Co-Chairman of Exclusive Media commented: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Icon. This new deal brings a selection of hugely popular and diverse titles to Exclusive Media and further complements our existing Exclusive Media, Hammer, Spitfire Pictures and Newmarket libraries.”

Aviv Giladi, CEO of Icon UK Group added: “We are delighted that Exclusive Media will be handling the Icon and Majestic international library. The history of the library and the Exclusive international sales portfolio makes this a good fit as we continue at Icon UK Group to focus on film finance and production.”

Helmed by Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East, Exclusive Media is a major force in the film production and international distribution arena. The action thriller "Snitch" starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon is currently in theaters through Lionsgate Entertainment.

Exclusive Media is in post-production on Ron Howard’s epic feature film "Rush" starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl produced with production partners Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Brian Grazer, and Revolution Films with Universal Pictures set to release theatrically in the US on September 20th, 2013.

Current productions include the recently wrapped "Parkland" staring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton,Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti produced with Playtone Pictures’ Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and written and directed by Peter Landesman; "Can A Song Save Your Life?" starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, James Corden and Catherine Keener directed by John Carney; and Hammer’s "The Quiet Ones" directed by John Pogue and starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin.

Recent releases include "End of Watch" produced by Exclusive Media with John Lesher and director David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña which opened at number one in the box office on September 21st through Open Road Films.

Upcoming Exclusive Media productions include include the newly announced "Black Mass" starring Academy Award Nominee Johnny Depp and to be directed by Academy Award Winner Barry Levinson; "Dark Circles" staring Charlize Theron and to be directed by Gilles Pacquet Brenner; "Agent: Century 21" starring Cameron Diaz, written by Greg Brooker, directed by Adam Hashemi and produced by Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance and David Greenblatt with Shane Black attached to executive produce.

Icon UK Group, led by CEO Aviv Giladi, has re-structured in order to focus on in-house film finance and production. Its latest project, Lee Daniels’ "The Butler" has recently finished principal photography in New Orleans. The film stars Forest Whitaker as an African-American man who served as a butler at the White House under eight different presidents, across the course of three decades, and features Oprah Winfrey in her first live action role in over 25 years. 

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