Miramax to Represent Goldwyn Film Library3 Apr, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Miramax said it will manage global licensing of movies produced by the late Samuel Goldwyn for television, subscription video-on-demand and on demand programming.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Miramax will oversee distribution of such films as Guys and Dolls, The Bishop’s Wife, Pride of the Yankees, Little Foxes, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hans Christian Andersen, Ball of Fire, Dodsworth, The Westerner, Wuthering Heights and Oscar winner The Best Years of Our Lives, among others.
Interestingly, while Goldwyn's name makes up part of the iconocast Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio, the Polish-borne producer never actually made a film at MGM.
“We believe this agreement underscores the strength of the sales organization we have built and is a testament to its success across multiple platforms worldwide,” Joe Patrick, head of worldwide sales at Miramax, said in a statement.
Miramax, which was acquired in late 2010 by an investment firm from The Walt Disney Co., has established a business model licensing a 700-film catalog and third-party content across numerous home entertainment channels, including physical disc.
Miramax CEO Mike Lang recently left the company after a little more than a year.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group March 30 said it had licensed 74 Goldwyn titles from The Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust for North American distribution of disc, electronic sellthrough and transactional VOD. Warner said it could release titles from the agreement as soon as the fourth quarter of 2012.