ENTERTAINMENT ONE SECURES US DISTRIBUTION FOR
STARRING NAOMI WATTS
Currently in post-production, DIANA expected to hit US theatres late 2013
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO – May 23, 2013 – Entertainment One (“eOne”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the US rights to DIANA from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films. eOne will also distribute with major releases in the UK, Canada and Spain.
From the director of the Academy Award® nominated Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel and writer Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine) , the film stars two time Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, J. Edgar, 21 Grams, Mulholland Drive) and Naveen Andrews (Lost, The English Patient). Currently in post-production, this highly-anticipated romantic story explores the last two years of beloved Princess Diana's life and her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. The film is produced by Ecosse Films’ Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae.
“We are thrilled to be bringing DIANA home from Cannes,” said Dylan Wiley, VP Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, eOne Films US. “DIANA will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye. And only Naomi Watts could bring such a modern icon to life, through a truly beautiful and nuanced performance.”
“Dylan and his team are totally collaborative; they recognize the opportunity for US audiences to discover Princess Diana’s unique voice told through a highly emotional and touching love story. With eOne US the film continues to build on aggressive releases already committed by our other distribution partners throughout the rest of the world,” said Bernstein and Rae.
The deal was negotiated by Tim Haslam for Embankment Films and Ecosse Films and Jo Sweby for eOne.
DIANA is expected to hit theatres in the US in late 2013, adding to eOne’s exciting upcoming US lineup which includes; Jim Mickle’s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Brian de Palma’s PASSION and Sergio Castellitto’s TWICE BORN.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Spain, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
About Embankment Films
In 2012, Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar founded Embankment to combine their sales, distribution and financial packaging expertise under one banner for filmmakers.
Embankment specialises in arranging financing of quality and award-winning films, a one-stop-shop to producers. Embankment procures pre-sales, tax-credit facilities and gap financing for international directors and producers, enabling filmmakers to manage their "owned" film assets. Specialising in acquiring and packaging projects that have targeted audiences in mind, Embankment Films offers international distributors first class marketing materials and technical delivery.
The company enjoys a $20 million film financing credit facility with the Toronto-based Aver Media, one of the most significant and innovative global media financiers.
Embankment’s first release is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts as Princess Diana – scheduled for a UK saturation release in September 2013.
Next is Roger Michell’s Le Weekend starring Academy Award Winner Jim Broadbent – scheduled for release in October 2013.
Current films being sold by Embankment include, The Kidnapping of Freddy Heineken starring Anthony Hopkins, The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet, Animal Farm 3D from Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt’s Birdsong starring Nicholas Hoult
About Ecosse Films
Ecosse Films is one of Britain’s leading film and television production companies. Its productions have won several international awards including two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe, The Golden Rose of Montreux (two nominations), five BAFTAs, The Indies Award and The Evening Standard Award.
Ecosse’s first feature film, the Oscar-nominated Mrs. Brown (1997), has been acclaimed throughout the world and has won 12 major awards. Subsequent feature films include Gillian Armstrong’s Charlotte Gray, Michael Bassett’s horror film Wilderness, Julian Jarrold’s Becoming Jane, Bob Jacobs’ The Water Horse, Julian Jarrold’s Brideshead Revisited, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy, Karl Golden’s Pelican Blood, Chris Smith’s Black Death and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.
On the television side, Ecosse have produced many successful dramas and series including Under the Greenwood Tree, two series of the highly successful drama The Ambassador, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, McCready and Daughter, seven series of Monarch of the Glen, Amnesia, Like Father Like Son, Heartless, Kitchen, Cape Wrath ,My Boy Jack, three series of Mistresses, He Kills Coppers, Raw, Camelot and Life of Crime.
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