(Toronto – September 8, 2014) – Video Services Corp (VSC) and Kino Lorber announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival that they have inked a three-year multi-platform Canadian home entertainment distribution deal that will begin October 1. VSC will distribute Kino Lorber releases in all packaged media formats in Canada as well as certain other distribution platforms on a case by case basis.
“Kino Lorber represents high quality films, a leading brand with an experienced team that has a deep understanding of the film business” said VSC President, Jonathan Gross. “We are very excited to add their strong catalogue and upcoming release slate to our product mix.”
In addition to re-launching Kino Lorber’s distinguished catalogue of over 800 films, the deal launches with the November 4th DVD and never before on Blu-ray release of the Gary Cooper classic Man of the West and Louis Malle’s 1965 film ,Viva Maria!, starring Brigitte Bardot. This new distribution collaboration will ramp up with 4-8 releases per month in Canada including award winning new theatrical releases, restored major classics and acclaimed documentary features. With such a high quality and substantial flow of new films (including 5 Academy Award nominated releases in the last 7 years) Kino Lorber, through VSC, will move to the forefront of the Canadian home entertainment market for quality cinema.
“We are immensely pleased to have identified such an entrepreneurial and dynamic Canadian partner in VSC. The Canadian market will be well served by the quality of our films made more widely available now through the skilled efforts of this leading independent player, said Alan Fergurson, Kino Lorber’s SVP of Home Entertainment.
Kino Lorber’s upcoming Canadian theatrical releases which will find their way to home entertainment later this year or early 2015 include Jean Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela, and the Sundance hit Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.. The Godard film, that won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival screens Wednesday, September 10 at 6pm at the Ryerson Theatre, Friday, September 12 at 9 am a the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Sunday, September 14 at 9:15pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Home Entertainment release on this film will be distributed by VSC in the first quarter of 2015.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy. VSC’s recent and upcoming releases include Sharknado and Sharknado 2, Alan Partridge, Filth, Corner Gas The Movie and TIFF 2013 Midnight Madness selection All Cheerleaders Die, the Steve James documentary about Roger Ebert, Life Itself, and the Israeli horror film Big Bad Wolves… For more information visit videoservicescorp.com.
About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 1,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including five Academy Award® nominated films in the last seven years. In addition, the company brings over 70 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases under its five house brands, distributes a growing number of third party labels, and is a direct digital distributor to all major platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and others.