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Vivendi Ups Acquisitions

1 Apr, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Vivendi Entertainment

There’s been a flurry of acquisition activity lately at Vivendi Entertainment.

The company is partnering with Event Films to bring three of controversial director Uwe Boll’s films to North America. Vivendi has acquired U.S. and Canadian home video, TV, digital and mobile distribution rights to two of the German filmmaker’s latest features, with Tunnel Rats coming to DVD on June 30 and Far Cry following in November. A third film, Stoic, will be distributed by Vivendi in the United States only, with a DVD release pegged for early 2010.

Vivendi Entertainment also has acquired U.S. rights to four Biblical musical performances from Lightstone Pictures’ Liken Series. Esther and the King and Daniel and the Lions will be released on DVD in August, with two other titles, David and Goliath and The First Christmas, to follow on a still-to-be-determined date.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vivendi in October 2009 will release Deep in the Valley, a sex comedy directed and written by Christian Forte, in both rated and unrated versions. The Persistent Entertainment production stars Denise Richards, Tracy Morgan and Kim Kardashian, along with Chris Pratt, Brendan Hines, Rachael Specter and Scott Caan.

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