The Weinstein Company announced today a multi-year deal with Roadshow Films to distribute upcoming motion pictures released by The Weinstein Company throughout Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made jointly by Glen Basner, president, international for The Weinstein Company and by Joel Pearlman, Managing Director of Roadshow Films. The Weinstein Company recently closed a deal with TFI to become the company’s exclusive distributor in France.
The Weinstein Company and Roadshow Films recently collaborated on Wolf Creek, Greg McLean’s first acclaimed tour de force that took audiences on a fact based road trip through the darkest parts of Australian Outback and the depraved human mind. Wolf Creek opened number one at the Australian box office in November 2005.
Basner stated, “As we continue to build our business internationally, I am so thrilled to have Joel and his amazing team at Roadshow Films on board to bring our diverse slate of films to audiences in Australia and New Zealand. They are the perfect partner for TWC.”
Pearlman commented, “Roadshow Films is thrilled to have been confirmed as the Australian and New Zealand distributor for The Weinstein Company (TWC) product. The upcoming slate is incredibly strong and will resonate in both the Australian and New Zealand marketplace. We are excited to be working with Glen and the entire Weinstein Company team.”
Roadshow Films has already set Australian release dates for three Weinstein Company films including thriller Lucky Number Slevinon August 10th, starring Josh Hartnett, Lucy Lui, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley; the CGI animated U.S. box office hit Hoodwinked on August 3rd, with voiceover by Glenn Close, Anthony Anderson, Jim Belushi, Anne Hathaway andXzibit; and Stormbreaker on September 21st, the explosive, thrilling, and action-packed adventure of 14 year-old Alex Rider as a reluctant spy starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone, Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy and Alex Pettyfer.
Glen Basner, president of international distribution, and Michal Podell, vice president of international business and legal affairs negotiated the distribution agreement on behalf of The Weinstein Company, and Joel Pearlman and Kathryn Carroll negotiated on behalf of Roadshow Films.