Devine Gets Balkan Distribution Deal2 Oct, 2002 By: Hive News
Devine Entertainment Corp. has signed an 18-film broadcast and video/DVD distribution deal with GrandView Castle Entertainment (GVC) for all eastern European territories, the companies announced today.
The one-year term of the agreement begins immediately and combines various exclusive and nonexclusive rights for Devine's Composers', Inventors' and Artists' Specials films for broadcast, video and DVD sales. GrandView Castle will represent Devine Entertainment's programs in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, Estonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Macedonia and the Baltics.
"Our relationship with GrandView Castle opens up a market that heretofore was untapped by us,” said David Devine, President and CEO. “Their knowledge and expertise in the region will heighten awareness of our programs and support our future productions. We are very pleased to entrust the distribution of Devine Entertainment programming to the GrandView Castle team."
Paris-based GrandView Castle Entertainment is a leading distributor in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. GVC distributes feature films and television programming to cable and terrestrial television broadcasters, handles theatrical distribution and sells to the home video and DVD market.
In addition to Devine Entertainment, GrandView Castle Entertainment is the exclusive representative for DreamWorks SKG and HBO (for select programs) in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. GVC's partners include Arthur Goldblatt, a motion picture executive with more than 20 years of US and international television and film experience and a founder of United Cinemas International Central Europe, and Jeff Blackman and Laura DeBruce, attorneys with an extensive international media, entertainment, corporate legal and business affairs experience.
"We have long been fans of Devine Entertainment's children's movies and are delighted to have the opportunity to distribute such quality programming throughout Russia and Central and Eastern Europe," said GVC spokesman Jeff Blackman.