BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- STX Entertainment has expanded its reach to include global distribution capabilities as the media company finalizes agreements with partners in more than 50 territories to form a top-tier worldwide distribution network for the studio's 12-15 motion pictures a year, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group, Thomas McGrath, STX's Chief Operating Officer, and John Friedberg, President of International Sales for STX Entertainment's Motion Picture Group.
The pacts form alliances with the leading companies in international film distribution, among them Tobis Film in Germany and Austria; Sun Distribution Group in Latin America and Spain; Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand; VVS Films in Canada; Freeman Entertainment in Eastern Europe; AB Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia; The Searchers in Benelux, and many others (full list below).
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, as part of their overall investment in the STX film slate, will handle STX's films in China and related territories.
The deals represent the first major international distribution agreements STX Entertainment has forged and marks the first step towards becoming a consistent global provider of high quality film content worldwide.
"We have always envisioned building an international infrastructure that further establishes STX Entertainment as a global content powerhouse," said Fogelson. "These deals are the first step as we release our growing slate in key countries all over the world."
Added McGrath, "Each of these partners was selected because of their proven marketing and distribution strength in each territory. We are thrilled to have these strong collaborators, many of whom are old friends to all of us, working on our slate."
Commenting on the announcement, Friedberg said, "These initial agreements build strong content alliances with some of the best companies in the international film distribution arena today. Each of our partners are leaders in their respective territories and they are the right blue chip distributors to handle the high quality caliber of films we will be producing."
While STX has already announced domestic release dates for upcoming films including Secret in Their Eyes, The Boy, and The Free State of Jones, the first slate of films available for global distribution from STX will be The Space Between Us, a science-fiction adventure starring Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson; Hardcore, an adrenaline-fueled action film shot in the first person point-of-view, written and directed by Ilya Naishuller; Mile 22, a heart-racing action thriller from director Peter Berg starring Mark Walhberg, Rhonda Rousey, and Iko Uwais; Bad Moms, a female comedy directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell; The Foreigner, an action thriller from director Martin Campbell starring Jackie Chan; Russ & Roger, a comedy inspired by a true story starring Will Ferrell and Josh Gad; and Happytime Murders, a hybrid live-action/animation action comedy from The Henson Company and director Brian Henson.
STX Entertainment is finalizing distribution agreements for its feature film slate with the following companies:
- Huayi Brothers - China and related territories
- Tobis Film - Germany and Austria
- Sun Distribution Group - Latin America and Spain
- Roadshow Films - Australia and New Zealand
- VVS Films - Canada
- AB Svensk Filmindustri - Scandinavia
- The Searchers - Benelux
- Freeman Entertainment - Eastern Europe
- Gulf Film - Middle East
- Times Media Films - South Africa
- Aqua Pinema - Turkey
- Odeon - Greece
- Cinemundo - Portugal
- Forum Film - Israel
- ACME - Baltics
- PVR Pictures - India
- Pioneer - Philippines
- Catchplay - Taiwan
- Sahamongkolfilm - Thailand
- Entertainment in Motion – Worldwide Airlines
"We could not be more excited to work with STX Entertainment on such a strong slate of titles," said Peter Eiff, Timm Oberwelland and Theo Gringel, managing partners of Tobis Film. "They are an exciting new studio and their upcoming slate is tremendously impressive, as is their executive team. We look forward to working together on their upcoming movies."
Added the managing partners of Sun Distribution Group, "It is not often when you have an opportunity to be a part of a growing studio like STX Entertainment. They have truly hit the ground running and it is a privilege to represent their impressive film slate in Latin America and Spain."
About STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a fully-integrated global media company specializing in the production, marketing, and distribution of talent-driven films, television programming and digital content. It is the first major entertainment media company to be launched at this scale in Hollywood in more than twenty years.
STX Entertainment is led by prolific businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, Managing Partner of TPG Growth, a division of leading global private investment firm TPG, which has $75 billion of capital under management. In addition to backing from TPG Growth, other investors include blue chip financial partner Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China, Gigi Pritzker, co-founder and CEO of film and television production company OddLot Entertainment, and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.
For more information about STX Entertainment, please visit our website at www.stxentertainment.com
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