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Exclusive Media Acquires Icon's Library
Posted February 26, 2013 06:21 PM by Webmaster
Exclusive Media has signed a deal to represent Icon Entertainment International's library. Under the new deal, Exclusive Media will have access to more than 200 films, including Coriolanus, Hunger, Project Nim, An Ideal Husband, Mean Streets, and five films from the 1960s Fu Manchu series.
Exclusive Media will also represent the Majestic Library, which includes such hits as Into The West and Henry V.
Exclusive Media has offices in Los Angeles and London.
Gibson sold out his interest in the UK Icon Film Distribution outfit in 2009, which shut its doors as a distributor in November 2011 partially as a result of the fallout from the aborted April 2011 release of Tree of Life that was stopped by the sales company who objected to it opening before its Cannes screening and ended in messy arbitration over the film's late delivery and the sales company messing up the paperwork. He still keeps an interest in the production company and the US and Australian distribution arms, but the UK division is entirely independently owned now. Until recently they were putting their titles out through Lionsgate in the UK.
Icon handles Once in the UK. Since Fox Searchlight has no interest in a U.S. BD release (despite its Oscar-winning song *and* the Tony-winning musical it inspired), one can only hope that the new distributor will release a new UK master that remains region-free like the old one, but does *not* use PAL/50Hz video in the extras...