FILMDISTRICT LAUNCHES BOUTIQUE DISTRIBUTION LABEL
High Top Releasing to Offer Theatrical Booking Services to Independent Producers
Los Angeles - April 15, 2013 - FilmDistrict announced today the launch of High Top Releasing, a new boutique label which will provide theatrical booking services to independent producers. This new label, which will exist as a standalone subsidiary under FilmDistrict, will provide distribution-for-hire services including sales, in-theatre marketing and print control support, film rental negotiation and collection capabilities to independent producers who have the ability to provide their own prints-and-advertising and marketing resources.
Films released under the High Top moniker will be distinct from FilmDistrict and will not be accounted for in the studio's box-office revenue share. The label will launch with the release of romantic drama I'M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL, in association with Mission Pictures Releasing, which stars rapper Ja Rule, alongside Adrianne Bailon and Michael Madsen; and THE ULTIMATE LIFE, sequel to THE ULTIMATE GIFT, starring Peter Fonda, Logan Bartholemew , Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwhether and Ali Hillis.
"The FilmDistrict business plan, which calls for the release of six to nine films a year, leaves us capable of providing additional theatrical distribution services," said Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict's CEO. "We are proud to be able to support independent producers and assist these movies in their theatrical release."
FilmDistrict is a leading independent distribution, acquisition, co-production and feature film financing entity designed to bring commercially viable films to targeted audiences across the U.S. The company releases an average of eight films a year with recent notable releases including EVIL DEAD, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN starring Gerard Butler, the horror thriller INSIDIOUS, LOOPER, SOUL SURFER, DRIVE and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Upcoming FilmDistrict releases include INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2, the sequel to the hit film INSIDIOUS which captivated horror movie fans worldwide, on September 13, 2013; WALK OF SHAME starring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs on September 20, 2013; OLDBOY, the Spike Lee directed remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean suspense film, on October 11, 2013; and Paul W.S. Anderson's POMPEII on February 28, 2014.