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Genius Links With Grodnik

16 May, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Genius Products continues to flex its acquisition muscle with a newly inked five-year distribution agreement with filmmaker Dan Grodnik's Grodfilm Corp.

The deal gives Genius the first right of refusal on all future Grodfilm projects and is expected to yield six to 12 films and television productions a year. Genius gets all North American home video, digital, television and theatrical rights; theatrical releases will be distributed through The Weinstein Co., which in a separate deal expected to close soon will become 70% owner of Genius.

Genius CEO Trevor Drinkwater calls Grodnik “a driving force behind the independent film industry whose critically acclaimed body of work in theaters and on television spans many genres.”

Grodnik, in turn, calls Drinkwater “a dynamic CEO who has put together a remarkable team that puts Genius on the cutting edge of our business.”

Grodnik is currently producting Camille, a honeymoon adventure starring Sienna Miller and James Franco, for A-Mark Entertainment and The Ruddy/Morgan Organization. He recently executive produced the romantic drama Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Bobby, a drama about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. Bobby stars Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan and Elijah Wood and is scheduled to be released this fall by The Weinstein Co.

In the late 1980s Grodnik was chairman and CEO of National Lampoon, during a time when the company produced comedy classics National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, with Chevy Chase, and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, with Samuel L. Jackson.

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