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Artisan Will Distribute Skouras HomeVideo

17 May, 2001 By: Hive News

Artisan Entertainment and Los Angeles-based indie distributor Skouras Films have signed an agreement that will see Artisan distribute Skouras' theatrical releases on videocassette and DVD under the Artisan Home Entertainment banner.

The first title to fall under the deal will be the Clara Law-directed The Goddess of 1967, which Skouras recently acquired from Fortissimo Film Sales and will distribute domestically in the fall. Goddess debuted at the 2000 Venice International Film Festival, where it won a best actress award for star Rose Byrne.

Skouras plans to release as many as 10 titles per year that will flow to Artisan's library, which includes more than 6,700 titles.

"Part of Artisan's mandate is to provide audiences with groundbreaking, thought-provoking films," Artisan Home Entertainment president Steve Beeks said. "Skouras' slate of releases is a perfect match for our home entertainment distribution catalog, which we look forward to bringing into the marketplace."

"It's exciting to begin a new output relationship with Artisan, the most powerful independent in Hollywood," Skouras founder and president Tom Skouras said. "Having known Amir (Malin, Artisan c.e.o.) and Steve for many years, both as colleagues and competitors, it's gratifying to know that we are finally on the same side."

The deal was brokered for Artisan by Beeks. Senior vp Paul Gardner repped Skouras.

Skouras also recently acquired the 2000 Cannes selection La Noce (The Wedding) from Flach Pyramide International. La Noce will be released domestically in the fall.

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