Movielink, Artisan in Content Deal26 Mar, 2003 By: Hive News
Movielink and Artisan Entertainment have agreed to offer Artisan films via the studio-backed video on demand (VOD) joint venture, the companies announced today.
The distribution deal is the first content deal outside the five founding studios.
Artisan has agreed to supply Movielink with new releases and an agreed-upon selection of catalog titles. The first Artisan title available for download will be The Ninth Gate, director Roman Polanski's 1999 film featuring Johnny Depp as an rare book dealer hired to find the remaining copies of a demonic manuscript that can summon the devil.
Movielink has also announced that it is adopting Microsoft Media 9 series and RealNetworks RealVideo 9 formats to its player options. Most titles available on the Movielink service have been re-encoded in the new formats.
"The deal with Artisan, which will deliver a great mix of independent films, and the adoption of the RealVideo and Windows 9 formats, underscores Movielink's commitment to provide a refined and expanded service for its customers," said Movielink CEO Jim Ramo.
"We're excited to have established this relationship with Movielink as this deal exemplifies Artisan's push to remain on the cutting edge of technology in the home entertainment arena," said Gary Rubin, Artisan's EVP of Sales and Acquisitions, Artisan Television Distribution, who negotiated the agreement on behalf of the studio along with SVP of Sales, Artisan Television Distribution Jon Ferro.
"Movielink has emerged as a premier online service and, as demand for movie downloads grows, we will be able to help meet the demands by offering top notch films of all genres through this enhanced service," Ferro said.