TLA Owner Acquires French Distributor9 Feb, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Derek Curl, majority owner, president and CEO of TLA Releasing in North America and the United Kingdom, has acquired French distributor Optimale, including its online retail site and catalog of more than 300 titles.
The deal was announced at the Berlin Film Festival.
“[With] Optimale’s power as the leading provider of quality genre movies in France through it’s direct-to-consumer outfit, combined with TLA Releasing’s rapidly growing global expansion, we are poised to make a huge impact with day-and-date, VOD and digital delivery strategies,” Curl said.
Thierry Willems, co-owner and director of Optimale, will stay on with the company as operations advisor.
“It makes so much sense that the synergies of TLA and Optimale finally join under the same umbrella,” Willems said. “Being able to add our strength and catalog to TLA’s is like a dream come true and will offer Optimale the opportunity to participate in original productions and develop its editorial line to other film genres. Together the companies will be able to conquer the challenges of new technologies and act as a leader for the 'film de genre' in the near future.”