UPDATED: Relativity Media Reaches a Deal with Starz to Take Over Overture's Distribution and Marketing Units

on July 24, 2010
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"In terms of how aggressive we are in allocating distribution and marketing resources, it will vary based on the business model for each film," Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media tells BoxOffice.com. "But certainly, we are now in a position to maximize our films from inception through each release window, and this paired with Netflix gives us the ability to achieve the maximum possible profitability on each film"

The official release:

Relativity Media will take over the distribution and marketing operations and some assets of the Starz Overture Films subsidiary. Approximately 45 staff members, or two-thirds of Overture's employees, will make the move to Relativity Media, including Peter Adee, formerly Overture Films' President of Worldwide Marketing, Distribution and New Media, and Kyle Davies, Executive Vice President Theatrical Distribution.

Overture Films will release its remaining titles - Jack Goes Boating, Stone and Let Me In - through a new distribution services agreement with Relativity.

"We are in a great position to bring the marketing and distribution savvy of Peter and Kyle, and their teams to our home at Relativity," said Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC. "As we've been expanding this area of our business finding a team with the experience and breadth and depth that Peter and Kyle's have couldn't have been a more perfect fit. They have released an incredibly broad slate of films over the past 15 years including some of the highest grossing films in their respective years. I really commend Starz for its smart leadership in helping us make this move."

"With our increased focus on original content, it no longer makes strategic sense for Starz to make theatrical motion pictures," said Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz LLC, Overture Films' parent company. "However we're pleased to have found a great opportunity for the majority of the company's employees, including the talented distribution and marketing teams."

"We couldn't be more excited to be moving forward with Relativity's expansion through this acquisition" said Michael Joe, President of Relativity "This move, together with our recent Netflix deal, gives Relativity a business competitive with any major studio."

"We are very excited to be joining Ryan Kavanaugh and Relativity, as what they've accomplished in the past few years has been nothing short of extraordinary," said Peter Adee. "We're also pleased to reach this agreement, which benefits everyone, and most especially will support these great films as they are set to reach audiences."

The Overture arrangement does not affect any of Starz Media's other operating assets, including Anchor Bay Entertainment, which specializes in home entertainment releases.

 

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