Former TLA Vets Launch New Label10 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
Industry veterans Rich Wolff and Richard Ross have launched Breaking Glass Pictures, a new North American distribution company. The name comes from a 1995 David Bowie song, which the pair says reflects their intention to release a wide range of provocative and challenging films from all genres.
The duo previously worked at TLA Releasing, where Wolff was a partner and director of acquisitions, and Ross was director of North American and U.K. sales. They will serve as co-presidents of Breaking Glass, with Wolff also serving as CEO and Ross serving as director of domestic and international sales.
The company’s initial release slate includes the rock film The Band, from Australian director Anna Brownfield, and cult director Everett Lewis' Lucky Bastard, about a man whose life spirals out of control when he falls for a street hustler. Coming in early 2010 is Morgan J. Freeman's road movie Just Like the Son, starring Rosie Perez and Mark Webber.
The company also will provide service deals and has begun to actively seek distribution agreements, as well as existing catalogs to distribute. Additionally, Breaking Glass will distribute up to 12 titles a year through its new specialty label, Vicious Circle Films.
The sub-label is dedicated to extreme material such as Hanger, from director Ryan Nicholson, about a fetus from a botched abortion who lives to seek revenge. Also due is Joseph Guzman's Run Bitch Run, an homage to such rape revenge films such as Ms. 45 and I Spit on Your Grave.
Wolff and Ross also announced a joint venture with Bounty Entertainment, which has tapped Wolff and Ross to acquire films for worldwide sales in addition to their respective territories.