Video Services Corp Inks Two Year Multipicture Deal With Magnolia Pictures
Video Services Corp (VSC) and Magnolia Pictures inked a two-year multi-platform Canadian distribution deal. Under the agreement, VSC will release up to 30 films a year exclusively for the Canadian market.
“This is a watershed moment in the 20-year history of VSC,” says President Jonathan Gross. “We look forward to the rewards of bringing Magnolia’s uniquely creative and compelling 2014 slate to Canadian cinephiles. The films coming from Magnolia and Magnet have an adventurous quality that is a perfect fit with VSC’s catalogue and philosophy.”
In the past year VSC has enjoyed handling a successful string of theatrical releases of Magnolia films, including A Hijacking, Bad Milo!, Prince Avalanche and Touchy Feely. The deal starts off with the release of the award-winning Israeli film Big Bad Wolves in January 2014, followed in March by Alan Partridge, already a hit in the UK, starring Steve Coogan. Other projected 2014 releases include the horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 and Toronto International Film Festival selections Life’s a Breeze and The Sacrament.
“We at Magnolia have been fans of Jonathan and VSC’s efficient, nuanced distribution strategies,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Together we hope to significantly grow our Canadian business.”
Magnolia Pictures and its genre arm Magnet Releasing are the international distributors of acclaimed documentaries, narrative features and genre films, including Blackfish, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and the upcoming Nymphomaniac, the Ong Bak trilogy and many, many more.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent DVD distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles and a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy. VSC’s releases include “Sharknado,” “Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters” and ”Spectacle: Elvis Costello With….” Recent theatrical releases include “Union Square”, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” from writer/director Roman Coppola and “The Matchmaker” from Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include the riveting killer whale doc Blackfish, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies,Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-Nominated The Hunt, as well as hit documentaries Muscle Shoals and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Magnolia’s upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Richard Ayoade’s dystopian vision The Double, the raucous Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Steve James’ Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, Norwegian thrillers Pioneer and Ragnarok, and many more.