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Image Signs VOD Deals

6 Aug, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment has made two new video-on-demand deals.

The studio Aug. 6 inked a deal with satellite operator Dish Network for pay-per-view and VOD distribution of movies, music and comedy content.

Image also signed a VOD deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, which is acquiring content for proprietary and third-party cable, telco and satellite distributors.

Engelwood, Colo.-based Dish sells satellite TV service to more than 13 million subscribers nationwide. Its former parent, EchoStar Communications, is in the middle of protracted litigation with digital video recording pioneer TiVo regarding alleged patent infringement.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image has established a market niche for cast-driven below-the-radar feature films for both home entertainment and theatrical distribution.

“This agreement greatly expands our ability to deliver programming into households across the country,” said Steve Saltman, SVP of worldwide television for Image.

Image expects to generate most of its revenue in fiscal 2010 from feature films Incendiary, with Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams; erotic thriller Powder Blue, with Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel; The Edge of Love, with Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller; Management (Sept. 29), produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston, with Steve Zahn; and quirky comedy $5 a Day (date TBA) with Christopher Walken and Amanda Peet.

Image recently acquired the rights to two new titles, The Other Man and Adam Resurrected, earmarked initially for theatrical release.

In The Other Man, Liam Neeson sets out to find the man (Antonio Banderas) with whom his wife (Laura Linney) has been having an affair. The film debuted Aug. 7 in New York and Los Angeles in a limited theatrical release, with additional screens added Aug. 14.

In Adam Resurrected, Jeff Goldblum plays a former Berlin magician and circus impresario who is a patient at a remote Israeli rehabilitation outpost for Holocaust survivors. There he must deal with flashbacks to the physical and psychological demoralization he endured under a Nazi commander (Willem Dafoe) in the Stellring death camp during the war.

The distributor also has high hopes for the September release from hit ventriloquist Terry Fator’s show for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD.


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