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VSDA Show: Lions Gate Inks Deal for Urban, Latino Films

29 Jul, 2003 By: Stephanie Prange

Lions Gate Home Entertainment has inked a distribution deal with South Florida-based production company Breakaway Films for its first six titles.

They include A Miami Tail, starring rapper Trina in her feature film debut, set for a September release; The Hustle, with Drag-On (Cradle 2 the Grave, Exit Wounds), Dr. Dre (Who's The Man, Juice) and Ed Lover (Undisputed, Who's The Man), slated to street in November; I Accidentally Domed Your Son, with rapper Kurupt (Hollywood Homicide, Dark Blue); Out on Parole, featuring comedians Speedy, Buddy Lewis (House Party 4) and Tony Roberts (Grownups, 18 Again!); Sweet Potato Pie, with rappers Mark 7, Short Khop and Safir; and Señorita Justice, with Edith Gonzalez, Tito Puente Jr. and one of People en Espanol's “25 Most Beautiful People 2003,” Eva Longoria (Snitch'd, “The Young and the Restless”).Executive producer Doug Schwab, Pamela White and Ron Castell are partnered in Breakaway Films, which was formed less than 10 months ago.

“We are thrilled to announce this very significant deal during VSDA 2003 and to be aligned with one of the premier home video distribution labels in the industry,” said Schwab. “Lions Gate secured the distribution rights to our first six titles, which reflect the Breakaway Films commitment to produce quality urban and Latino feature films that attract name talent.”

“Doug's track record speaks for itself, and with his new partners at Breakaway Films, Ron Castell and Pamela White, they have produced six highly commercial and entertaining pictures,” said Ron Schwartz, EVP, North American home video sales for Lions Gate Home Entertainment. “This is a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on a very lucrative market, and Lions Gate couldn't be more pleased with this partnership.”

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