Alliance Films proudly announces new film suppliers for Canada, UK



    
     New multi-year distribution partnerships expected to significantly
                 increase number of films released annually

           Extension of New Line Cinema output into 2009 includes
                Seventeen Again and The Time Traveller's Wife
    

    MONTREAL, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Victor Loewy, Chairman and CEO of Alliance
Films today announced the details of a series of new multi-year supplier
arrangements for Canada and other territories that are expected to
significantly increase the number of films distributed by the company and to
cement its position in the top five distributors in Canada.
    In addition to its existing output arrangements with Focus Features, The
Weinstein Company, Overture Films, and Remstar, Alliance Films has added three
new Hollywood producers: Relativity Media, Grosvenor Park, and Freestyle
Releasing to its family of distribution partners. Alliance will also continue
to represent New Line Cinema into 2009
    Relativity Media is a production and financing company that co-finances
films with major studios as well as fully financing its own line-up of major
releases such as The Bank Job and The Forbidden Kingdom. To date, Relativity
has raised $5.5 billion in film financing. Relativity distributes its films
via supply arrangements with studios and mini-majors, including such US majors
as Sony, Warner Bros, Paramount and Universal. The first two titles for
Alliance Films are the thriller A Perfect Getaway with Milla Jovovich, Timothy
Olyphant and Steve Zahn, and the drama Brothers directed by Jim Sheridan and
starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire. Ryan Kavanaugh,
Principal of Relativity said about the supply arrangement, "we were extremely
selective in picking our foreign partners and spent a significant amount of
time ensuring that they would be the right fit for our films. Alliance stood
above the rest in that they have the experience working on large "event" type
films, have the know how to maximize each films distribution and marketing. We
are thrilled to enter this multiyear partnership with Alliance." The deal with
Relativity is for upwards of six movies per year for Canada and the UK and
includes all films produced under their single picture business.
    With over 400 titles and $5 billion in arranged financing, Grosvenor
Park, led by long time Alliance supplier Don Starr is expected to deliver five
films per year. Previous Grosvenor Park films have included Miss Potter with
Renée Zellweger, Righteous Kill with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, and Penelope
with Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon and James McAvoy. Disaster Movie from
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer is the first film of the output deal for
Canada. Other upcoming films from Grosvenor Park include Edward Zwick's World
War II action drama Defiance starring Daniel Craig, and Kathryn Bigelow's Hurt
Locker starring Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pierce. "We're very pleased to enter
into a formal relationship with our long-term partners at Alliance. We've
worked closely with them on numerous projects and believe in their marketing
and distribution in Canada. We see nothing but great potential moving
forward," said Chairman of Grosvenor Park Don Starr.
    Freestyle Releasing are US distribution experts who has already delivered
the summer comedy Bottle Shock and will next have the wide release Hallowe'en
horror The Haunting of Molly Hartley followed by the animated Delgo with the
voices of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddy Prinze Jr. and Val Kilmer
    Commenting on Alliance's new partners, Victor Loewy said, "Ryan
Kavanaugh's team at Relativity has an enviable track record of successes and
the upcoming slate is very promising for both our Canadian and UK
distributors. Don Starr and the team at Grosvenor Park have been making
excellent choices in film for 25 years and have built an outstanding
reputation with the US studios who vie for their films. I'm very pleased that
Alliance will represent the best of the new Hollywood in Canada."
    With release dates extending into late 2009, the films from New Line
include such major releases as Appaloosa with Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger
and Ed Harris, the holiday comedy Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and
Vince Vaughn, the action adventure epic Inkheart with Brendan Fraser, He's
Just Not That Into You with Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Drew
Barrymore, and Seventeen Again with High School Musical's Zac Efron and
Matthew Perry, The Time Traveller's Wife with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana,
and The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer
Garner and Michael Douglas.
    Details on these new and existing Alliance partners follow.

    
                           FACTS ON ALLIANCE FILMS

    NEW SUPPLIERS

    Relativity Media

    Relativity Media, LLC is a financing, consulting and production company
that utilizes both traditional and non-traditional channels in order to raise
production and distribution funds, both for major studios and independent
production entities. To date, Relativity has structured and consummated more
than $4.5 billion in production slate financings. Examples of recent hits
financed by Relativity include 300, The Bank Job, and Atonement. The output
deal with Alliance Films covers both Canada and the UK.

    Upcoming:

      -  A Perfect Getaway (Dir. David Twohy with Milla Jovovich, Timothy
         Olyphant and Steve Zahn)
      -  Brothers (Dir. Jim Sheridan with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman,
         Tobey Maguire and Sam Shepard)

    Grosvenor Park

    Grosvenor Park LP is a leader in offering a full complement of pre-sale,
gap and tax financing products, both individually and as a 'one-stop'
solution. In addition to Disaster Movie, it recently provided complete
financing for the Ed Zwick film Defiance starring Daniel Craig, releasing
domestically in the fall.

    Recent:

      -  Disaster Movie (Dir. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer with Carmen
         Electra, Kimberly Kardashian and Vanessa Minnillo

    Freestyle Releasing

    Freestyle Releasing is the number one non-studio affiliated theatrical
distributor in the US based on box office. Freestyle Releasing is specializes
in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios
on a "service deal" basis for the purpose of exhibiting their films in a first
class theatrical release. The initial deal with Alliance covers six films.

    Recent:

      -  Bottle Shock (Dir. Randall Miller with Alan Rickman and Eliza
         Dushku)

    Upcoming:

      -  The Haunting Of Molly Hartley (Dir. Mickey Liddell with Chace
         Crawford and Shannon Marie Woodward)
      -  Delgo (animated) (Dir. Marc Adler with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddy
         Prinze Jr. and Val Kilmer)

    CURRENT SUPPLIERS

    New Line Cinema Recent:

      -  Sex and the City (Dir. Michael Patrick King with Sarah Jessica
         Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Chris Noth)
      -  Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D (Dir. Eric Brevig with Brendan
         Fraser)

    Upcoming:

      -  Appaloosa (Dir. Ed Harris with Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger,
         Jeremy Irons and Ed Harris)
      -  Pride and Glory (Dir. Gavin O'Conner with Edward Norton, Colin
         Farrell and Jon Voight)
      -  Four Christmases (Dir. Seth Gordon with Reese Witherspoon, Vince
         Vaughn, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen and Jon Favreau)
      -  Inkheart (Dir. Iain Softley with Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen
         Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis)
      -  Seventeen Again (Dir. Burr Steers with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry)
      -  He's Just Not That Into You (Dir. Ken Kwapis with Jennifer Aniston,
         Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Affleck,
         Justin Long and Jennifer Connelly)
      -  The Time Traveller's Wife (Dir. Robert Schwentke with Rachel McAdams
         and Eric Bana)
      -  The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Dir. Mark Waters with Matthew
         McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas)

    Focus Features

    Recent:

      -  Atonement (Dir. Joe Wright with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy,
         Saoirse Ronan and Brenda Blethyn)
      -  In Bruges (Dir. Martin McDonagh with Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes
         and Brendan Gleeson)
      -  The Strangers (Dir. Bryan Bertino with Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman)
      -  Hamlet 2 (Dir. Andrew Fleming with Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener,
         David Arquette, Elizabeth Shue and Amy Poehler)

    Upcoming:

      -  Burn After Reading (Dir. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen with Brad Pitt,
         George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich)
      -  Milk (Dir. Gus Van Sant with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch,
         James Franco and Diego Luna)

    The Weinstein Company

    Recent:

      -  Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? (Dir. Morgan Spurlock)
      -  Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Dir. Woody Allen with Scarlett Johansson,
         Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Patricia Clarkson)

    Upcoming:

      -  Zack And Miri Make A Porno (Dir. Kevin Smith with Seth Rogen and
         Elizabeth Banks)
      -  Nine (Dir. Rob Marshall with Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman and
         Penelope Cruz)
      -  The Road (Dir. John Hillcoat with Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron,
         Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall)
      -  Inglorious Bastards (Dir. Quentin Tarantino with Brad Pitt, Mike
         Myers and Eli Roth)

    Overture Films

    Recent:

      -  Mad Money (Dir. Callie Khouri with Diane Keaton Bridget Cardigan,
         Ted Danson and Katie Holmes
      -  The Visitor (Dir. Thomas McCarthy with Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman
         and Danai Jekesai Gurira

    Upcoming:

      -  Righteous Kill (Dir. Jon Avnet with Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Brian
         Dennehy, John Leguizamo and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson)
      -  Last Chance Harvey (Dir. Joel Hopkins with Dustin Hoffman, Emma
         Thompson and Kathy Baker)

    Remstar

    Recent:

      -  Ma fille mon ange (Dir. Alexis Durand-Brault with Michel Côté,
         Dominique Leduc, Karine Vanasse and Laurence Leboeuf)
      -  Le secret de ma mère (Dir. Ghyslaine Côté with Ginette Reno, Céline
         Bonnier, Clémence DesRochers, Marie-Chantal Perron)

    Upcoming:

      -  Battle In Seattle (Dir. Stuart Townsend with Woody Harrelson,
         Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Joshua Jackson, Connie Nielson and
         Channing Tatum)
      -  45 RPM (Dir. Dave Schultz with Michael Madsen, Amanda Plummer and
         Kim Coates)


    BY THE NUMBERS

    Number of theatrical titles released by country

         2007                         2008
         Canada - 91                  Canada - 69
         UK - 16                      UK - 23
         Spain - 20                   Spain - 22


    Revenue

         2007 C$435 million           2008 C$421 million (forecast)

    Canadian Theatrical Market Share

         2007                         2008 (First half)
         Canada - 13.8%               Canada - 14.2%
         UK - 3.3%                    UK - 5.6%
         Spain - 5.7%                 Spain - 2.7%


    Misc Canadian information

    Since 2000: highest grossing distributor in Canada with $2.5 billion
    gross box office from 520 releases (Alliance, Viva, Odeon combined,
    source: Rentrak Jan 1 2000 - present)

    Alliance's library has approximately 4,100 motion pictures and
    made-for-television programs, representing approximately 15,100 hours of
    programming.

    Recent hits
    Sex and the City - $17.5 million
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D- $11.5 million
    Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay - $8.1 million

    Box Office Record
    Highest grossing Canadian film of all time: Bon Cop Bad Cop, $12.7M
    

    Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada,
with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain.
The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, and to
television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution rights
to the productions of leading independent studios, including New Line Cinema,
Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films and Relativity Media.





For further information:

For further information: Mark Slone, SVP Marketing and Publicity,
Alliance Films, (416) 309-4227

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