The UK’s largest independent film distributor, Signature Entertainment, today announced they have acquired the rights to an array of films, from crime thriller BODY BROKERS starring Frank Grillo, festival-favourite Korean crime caper LUCKY GRANDMA, acclaimed true story drama MISS VIRGINIA starring Uzo Aduba and Julie Delpy tear jerker MY ZOE as well as noughties’ star-studded British comedy SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE starring Tom Hardy. The deals were negotiated by the company’s Director of Acquisitions and Development Elizabeth Williams, Acquisitions Executive Katie Wilkinson and Head of International Distribution Andrew Nerger.
The star-studded slate of newly completed and an iconic film from yesteryear sees the distributors release schedule go from strength to strength in the UK and beyond.
MISS VIRGINIA documents the incredible and truly inspirational story of a struggling inner-city mother as she sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba plays Virginia Walden Ford who launches a movement to save her son’s future and that of thousands like him. Acquired from Moving Picture Institute, Miss Virginia will be released in UK cinemas and on digital platforms in October.
BODY BROKERS is a crime thriller with an all-star cast including Frank Grillo (The Purge), Melissa Leo (The Big Short) and Michael K Williams (When They See Us). The edge-of-your-seat drama shows the shocking true story of a multi-billion-dollar drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former drug addicts and dealers become millionaires as fly-by-night “body brokers”, recruiting other addicts to seek treatment and selling these patients off to facilities paying the highest price. Set for release in 2021 BODY BROKERS was acquired from US film and television production, financing, and sales entity Voltage Pictures.
Acquired from UK based sales agent AMP, LUCKY GRANDMA received an overwhelming response premiering at the 2019’s BFI London Film Festival. Described as a sweet, funny and wickedly entertaining dark comedy akin to Guy Ritchie’s classic Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, New York set LUCKY GRANDMA tells the story of a Chinese grandma who goes all in at a casino and lands herself on the wrong side of luck. The film will be released in UK cinemas and on digital platforms in November.
MY ZOE is a heart-breaking, dystopian drama directed, written by and starring Before Sunrise’s Julie Delpy. Co-starring Daniel Brühl (Rush), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy) and Gemma Arterton (Their Finest), the film – which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival – follows a divorced mother who takes matters in to her own hands when tragedy strikes and her family is left even more fractured than ever. MY ZOE was acquired from UK’s Protagonist Pictures and will be released on UK digital platforms in October.
Funny, touching and emotionally charged comedy SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, originally released in 2006, is a stand-out British independent feature with an incredible home-grown cast including Tom Hardy, Ewan McGregor, Catherine Tate, Mark Strong, Hugh Bonneville, Andrew Lincoln, Adrian Lester and Sophie Okonedo. Described by The Times as a masterpiece SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE follows seven couples as they sort through their romantic dilemmas over one afternoon on London’s Hampstead Heath. Signature have acquired global rights to the film from producer and director Ed Blum and will be released in the UK in October with international plans to be announced shortly.
Signature’s Chief Operating Officer, Jon Bourdillon, commented “I am thrilled to announce these great additions to the Signature slate. Our UK business is really booming right now, and our International division is accelerating at a phenomenal rate.”
The UK’s largest independent film distributor, Signature Entertainment, today announced they have acquired the UK & Irish rights to the star-studded action-thriller, Honest Thief.
The deal was negotiated by Lisa Wilson, Partner and Co-Founder of The Solution Entertainment Group and Signature’s CEO Marc Goldberg.
Directed by Mark Williams, Co-Creator and Producer of the Netflix series Ozark and Producer of Warner Bros hit film, The Accountant, Liam Neeson stars as Tom, a bank robber who tries to turn himself in after falling for Annie, played by Kate Walsh, who works at the storage facility where he’s stashed his money. Complications ensue when his case is turned over to Agent Nivens, a corrupt FBI agent, played by Jai Courtney and he must go underground to save both himself and Annie.
Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos and Robert Patrick also star alongside Neeson, who has found success in recent years in the fan-favourite action trilogy Taken and more recently Steve McQueen’s Widows.
Combining edge-of-your-seat thrills, high-stakes action and suspense Honest Thief will be released in UK cinemas in late 2020.
Commenting further on its most recent acquisition, Signature’s Director of Acquisitions and Development Elizabeth Williams said: “We are delighted to have acquired Honest Thief with Liam Neeson, one of the biggest stars in the world. UK & Irish audiences will love its breath-taking action and plot twists, with Liam in his element as a highly skilled ex-criminal just trying to do the right thing. The film will be a tentpole release for Signature in 2020 and its addition to the slate demonstrates the company’s ongoing dedication to releasing the most exciting independent action films in the market”.
Signature Entertainment announces they have acquired UK rights to SXSW Audience Award Winner, The Peanut Butter Falcon from Little Miss Sunshine producer Albert
Described by Variety as “an odyssey” and The Hollywood Reporter as “an awakening”, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler with Dakota Johnson (Susperia, Fifty Shades of Grey) as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer.
From writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz the film also stars
Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraksa), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zack.
Commenting on the acquisition Signature’s Elizabeth Williams says “We are delighted to be the UK home for this charming and beautifully made movie. The Peanut Butter Falcon is on many “must watch” lists of the year following its break-out launch at SXSW earlier this year and we will be giving the film the profile and love it deserves when it hits UK cinemas later this year. ”
The Peanut Butter Falcon will be receiving its US release on August 9th by Roadside Attractions.
Signature Entertainment acquired the UK rights from international sales outfit Endeavor Content and will be releasing the film in UK cinemas later this year.
[Originally published on The Hollywood Reporter]
The company has released more than 600 titles in the U.K. since 2011.
Signature Entertainment, one of the U.K.’s largest independent distributors, has been bought by FFI Holdings, the parent company of Hollywood completion guarantees specialist Film Finances.
The deal is worth an upfront payment of $5 million, followed by four annual payments based on underlying earnings.
Since it was founded in 2011, Signature has released more than 600 titles, including Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe; Wakefield, starring Bryan Cranston; Shia LaBeouf’s Man Down; and Aftermath, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Its upcoming slate includes David Tennant’s Bad Samaritan; the comedy Ideal Home, starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd; and Jon Hamm’s political thriller Beirut.
The acquisition expands FFI’s operations, which also includes entertainment risk insurance and a range of postproduction services. It also has a documentary collaboration with Imax and Warner Bros., with the film Pandas having been released in the U.S.
“I and the whole Signature team are excited about joining the FFI family and the abundance of opportunities now open to Signature to further accelerate the growth of the company,” CEO Marc Goldberg said Thursday in a statement. “We will continue to bring the best independent content to our partners whilst continuing to look at original opportunities and new ways of working in the ever-changing global marketplace.”
Added FFI CEO Steven Ransohoff: “We are delighted to bring Signature Entertainment under the FFI banner. We look forward to working with Marc Goldberg and his team as they expand their distribution business, which is especially well poised in the streaming arena. Signature will afford us excellent opportunities to expand the reach of the rest of FFI’s platform into a new captive distribution channel.”
[Originally published on Screen Daily]
UK distributor Signature Entertainment is teaming up with horror film festival FrightFest to re-launch distribution label FrightFest Presents.
The partnership will see Signature release titles curated by FrightFest. The festival previously held a two-year partnership with the now closed releasing outfit Icon Film Distribution.
The agreement will see make a selection of FrightFest-endorsed films available across physical, digital and TV/SVoD platforms in the UK and Ireland through Signature’s partners.
Paul McEvoy, co-director of FrightFest commented, “[Signature] have always passionately supported FrightFest and understood our mission to open up new audiences to horror and fantasy, a genre which already has a clear, devoted and dedicated fan base.”
“[FrightFest’s] combination of their expert knowledge and contacts in the genre and our outstanding commercial relationships makes this a winning partnership,” added Signature COO Jon Bourdillon.
It was announced last week that Signature had been bought for $5m by bonding company Film Finances Inc.
[Originally published on Deadline]
UK distributor Signature Entertainment has finalized deals for three movies, including Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike thriller Beirut and Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd comedy Ideal Home, I can reveal.