Maximum and Entertainment One close multi-picture deal for co-distribution in Canada of features from Magnolia Pictures and HDNet Films



    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Seville Entertainment a subsidiary of
Entertainment One and Maximum Films have reached a multi-picture agreement
with Magnolia Pictures and HDNet Films which provides for their joint
acquisition of Canadian rights to a slate of feature films. Amongst the films
are: FLAWLESS starring multiple Academy Award(R) winner and nominee Michael
Caine (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE QUIET AMERICAN) and
Golden Globe nominee Demi Moore (IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, GHOST); legendary
filmmaker Brian De Palma's much anticipated feature REDACTED; and Emmy Award
winning producer Graydon Carter's documentary, SURFWISE. The two Canadian
theatrical distributors will co-distribute the films throughout Canada in all
media.
    In announcing the agreement, Maximum Films chairman Robert Lantos said,
"Films of quality and originality are the ones that interest and inspire me.
So I look forward to working with Magnolia and HDNet Films whose vision is so
clearly consistent with my own."
    "This arrangement makes good business sense. I am thrilled that we are
acquiring these films from Magnolia/HDNet as it extends a great partnership
with Magnolia with whom we had a growing relationship with" said Seville
Co-President David Reckziegel.
    President of Entertainment One Patrice Théroux added, "I'm also excited
to have the opportunity to collaborate again with Robert in acquiring these
films with Maximum given we worked together for over 10 years at Alliance. We
all hope that this deal will be another stepping stone to a promising future."
    FLAWLESS stars Academy Award(R) winner and nominee Michael Caine (THE
CIDER HOUSE RULES, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THE QUIET AMERICAN) and Golden
Globe nominee Demi Moore (IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, GHOST) as a janitor and a
frustrated American executive who conspire to relieve their employer of a
priceless inventory of jewels. Directed by Academy Award(R) and BAFTA winner
Michael Radford (IL POSTINO) and produced by Michael Pierce and Mark Williams,
the Edward Anderson script is set in London and loosely based on an actual
1960's heist.
    Celebrated and iconic filmmaker Brian De Palma's Iraq war drama, REDACTED
tells the story of American soldiers caught in a conflict in the ancient city
of Samarra. Inspired by real events, it examines the contrasting viewpoints of
the Americans and Iraqis, as well as the media covering the clash. Shot on
location in Jordan in English, French and Arabic, REDACTED premiered in Venice
and will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film
Festival.
    Lastly, SURFWISE, a portrait of legendary Malibu surfer Dorian "Doc"
Paskowitz, who introduced the sport to Israel in the 1960s, is produced by
Emmy Award winning Graydon Carter (9/11) and critically acclaimed director
Doug Pray. The documentary will make its World Premiere in Real to Reel at the
Toronto International Film Festival.
    The package was negotiated by Maximum General Counsel Mark Musselman and
Théroux along with Laird Adamson and Jeff Cuban for HDNet/Magnolia.

    Note to the Editors:
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    Maximum Film Distribution Inc.
    Maximum Film Distribution is a full service Canadian motion picture
distributor. Maximum acquires Canadian rights to quality motion pictures from
Canada, the United States and the rest of the world. Maximum has forged
strategic partnerships with both domestic and international producers,
distributors and film sales agents. Maximum distributes its films in both the
English and French language, across all media.

    Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO)
    Admitted to trading on AIM on 29 March 2007, Entertainment One Ltd's
strategy is to build a leading global independent entertainment content
ownership and distribution business which acquires films, television programs
and music content and exploit these rights in all media throughout the world.
Entertainment One is the largest distributor of home entertainment products in
the Canadian market. Following the acquisition of Seville Entertainment in
Canada on 20 August 2007, it also has a significant presence in the theatrical
and international sales markets. Outside Canada Entertainment One owns Koch
Entertainment, the largest independent record label in North America and a
leading independent distributor of music and video in the United States and
Contender, one of the leading independent UK distributors of filmed
entertainment on DVD.




For further information:

For further information: Entertainment One: DDA PR: Lisa Lazure,
lisa.lazure@ddapr.com; Jill Jones, jill.jones@ddapr.com, +44 (0)20 7932 9800;
Maximum Films: 42 West: Allan Mayer, allan.mayer@42West.net; Kelly Mullens,
Kelly.mullens@42West.net, +1 (310) 477-4442

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