LOS ANGELES, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Vantage and Overture
Films will co-finance and distribute Oscar(R) winner Michael Moore's next
film, a searing and provocative follow up to his groundbreaking 2004
documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. The announcement was made today by Moore, Nick
Meyer, President of Paramount Vantage, John Lesher, President of Paramount
Film Group, and CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett of Overture Films.
Paramount Vantage will handle international distribution in all media and
Overture will handle domestic distribution in all media. Paramount Vantage
will be launching the film into the international marketplace this week in
Cannes. The film is scheduled for release in 2009.
Moore has made three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of
all time including Fahrenheit 9/11, 2008 Academy Award(R) nominee Sicko,
and Bowling for Columbine, the Academy Award(R) winner for Best Documentary
in 2003. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The
Awful Truth, both of which established his trademark style of presenting
serious documentaries in humorous and engaging ways. As with all of Moore's
projects, the subject matter of the new film is being kept under wraps by
all the principals.
"It's great to be working again with Chris McGurk and John Lesher,"
said Moore. "Both of them have been exceptional to work with in the past
and I look forward to their assistance in this new project."
"We are thrilled to be working with Michael again," said McGurk and
Rosett jointly. Adding, "His fearless filmmaking has become an important
catalyst for challenging mainstream thoughts and values regarding the
important critical issues facing this country and the world. Everyone on
the Overture team is delighted to be involved with Michael's exciting new
"Michael is one of the most inspiring, innovative and thought-provoking
filmmakers of our generation," said Meyer. "With his unquestionable mark on
our culture and politics, Moore is renowned and iconic within the
international marketplace and we could not be more enthusiastic about this
Most of the principals involved have previously worked with Moore --
John Lesher represented Moore as one of his agents at Endeavor and was
involved in Fahrenheit 9/11, and McGurk and Rosett, while at MGM/United
Artists, oversaw the release of Bowling for Columbine.
This announcement marks the second major deal between Paramount Vantage
and Overture Films. The two studios entered into an exclusive international
distribution deal last year that allows Overture access to Vantage's
international sales division as well as the distribution arm of Paramount
Moore is represented by Ari Emanuel of Endeavor, who brokered the deal
on his behalf. Justin Alvarado-Brown oversaw the deal for Overture Films
and Jeff Freedman negotiated on behalf of Paramount Vantage.
About Overture Films
Overture Films (http://www.overturefilms.net) develops, produces,
acquires, and distributes feature length, theatrical motion pictures
worldwide. The studio is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty
Capital Group (Nasdaq: LCAPA, LCAPB), a tracking stock group of Liberty
Media Corporation. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and
Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via
home video, premium television, Internet and other outlets.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor
of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading
content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital
entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures,
Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and
DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital
Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
International, Paramount Licensing, Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and
Worldwide Television Distribution.
SOURCE Overture Films; Paramount Vantage