DreamWorks Studios Partners with Mister Smith Entertainment for International Distribution
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DreamWorks Studios has signed an agency deal with Mister Smith Entertainment, it was announced today by Jeff Small, President and COO at DreamWorks Studios, and David Garrett, CEO at Mister Smith Entertainment. The London-based Mister Smith Entertainment will handle the licensing and servicing of DreamWorks Studios product in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the deal covers all media.
The Walt Disney Company will continue to manage distribution of DreamWorks’ films in the United States and other territories not covered by Mister Smith Entertainment. DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, retains distribution of the films in India. The first group of films covered under the deal with Mister Smith includes the untitled Ken Scott project, which begins principal photography in October, and “Need for Speed,” which begins shooting early next year. As previously announced, foreign distribution on upcoming DreamWorks releases “Lincoln” and “Robopocalypse” will be handled by 20th Century Fox, who is also a co-financier on both of those projects.
Said DreamWorks Studios President and COO Jeff Small, “David has a proven track record, and his years of experience in building Summit International will help us in this next step of growing our business. This partnership allows us to best capitalize on the expanding global marketplace and generate foreign sales as a revenue source. We appreciate Disney’s continued support of our company and our ongoing partnership.”
Said Mister Smith Entertainment’s CEO David Garrett, “I am incredibly excited to be working with Stacey, Steven, Jeff and the DreamWorks team. I could not hope to be working with a more exceptionally talented and delightful group of people, and I hope that we will find a way of creating new and exciting synergies together, in the ever-changing international landscape. DreamWorks also have a very compelling, original and diverse slate of pictures in development, which is wonderfully refreshing. We also hugely look forward to working with the Disney team, who have been so supportive of DreamWorks' new strategy.”
About DreamWorks Studios
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and “The Help,” which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award nominations with Octavia Spencer winning one for Best Supporting Actress. Its upcoming releases include Spielberg’s “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
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About Mister Smith Entertainment
Led by CEO David Garrett, Mister Smith Entertainment is involved in the financing, co-financing and licensing of high-quality mainstream feature films and filmmaker driven movies for the global market. The company is a joint venture between Garrett and Constantin Film. Mister Smith Entertainment's current film slate includes Constantin Film’s THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the first film in the highly anticipated action fantasy franchise based on Cassandra Clare’s #1 best-selling book series, currently shooting in Toronto, and scheduled for release in August 2013 through Screen Gems; and the compelling true story 3,096 DAYS based on the autobiography of Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian girl who was held captive for over 8 years and whose escape made headlines around the world. The film is due for release in early 2013.