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Indie Distributor Picturehouse Re-Emerges, Inks Deal With Netflix

15 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Picturehouse, an indie film distributor co-founded by HBO and New Line, and then shuttered by Time Warner when it consolidated the latter into Warner Bros., has re-opened with founder Bob Berney and wife Jeanne running the company from New York.

Picturehouse’s first new release, Metallica Through the Never, is a feature-film starring members of the band and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). DeHaan plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a live set and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.

The film, written and directed by Nimród Antal (Kontroll, Predators), is due in theaters Aug. 9.

Picturehouse will acquire, market and theatrically distribute independent films from the United States and globally. The company expects to release two or three films this year, increasing output to four or five in 2014 and six or seven in subsequent years.

The company also signed an exclusive, multiyear output deal with Netflix for the pay-TV window. 

“Bob and Jeanne are legendary tastemakers and innovators who were early partners with Netflix in bringing amazing movies like Pan's Labyrinth and La Vie en Rose to our service,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “Netflix members love independent films, and the Berneys have indisputably great taste."

Picturehouse also distributed Sergei Bodrov 's Mongol, Patricia Rozema’s Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion and Seth Gordon’s documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Most recently, Berney served as president of theatrical distribution for FilmDistrict, where its releases, Insidious, Soul Surfer, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and Drive, grossed more than $150 million at the domestic box office. Previously, as CEO of Apparition, Berney presided over the releases of Bright Star, Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day, The Young Victoria and The Runaways.

About the Author: Erik Gruenwedel

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