Image Entertainment Acquires Exclusive U.S. Rights to Romantic Comedy “Management” Starring Jennifer Aniston
Image Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISK), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of filmed entertainment programming in North America, announced today that it has acquired all U.S. rights to the film “Management” starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
Under the agreement, Image has secured all theatrical, home video, digital, television and pay-per-view rights for the U.S. Image will release the film theatrically in major markets across the country in Spring 2009. The company is in advanced negotiations with Samuel Goldwyn Films to handle domestic distribution.
“Management” is a romantic comedy about a young woman (Aniston) whose chance encounter with a young man (Zahn) managing the roadside motel she stays in turns into an unexpected relationship.
“Management” was written and directed by Emmy-nominated Stephen Belber (TV’s “Law & Order” and “Third Watch”) and was financed and produced by Sidney Kimmel in concert with Temple Hill Production partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey and executive produced by William Horberg and Jim Tauber.
“Image’s acquisition of ‘Management’ is a huge step forward in our efforts to offer filmmakers and agents alike full service feature film distribution,” stated Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment. “The star power of the film coupled with the romantic yet comedic story will surely catch the audience’s attention.”
“We’ve made a substantial commitment to bring this film to the big screen and, as we look to 2009, know that this will be but one of an increasing number of cast-driven films we will acquire that has big box office appeal,” said David Borshell, President of Image Entertainment.
The deal was negotiated by Wendy Rutland of Image Entertainment and Creative Artists Agency’s Dan Steinman representing the film’s producer.
About Image Entertainment:
Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,500 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 370 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 600 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and, through its subsidiary Egami Media, Inc., has digital download rights to approximately 2,000 video programs and over 300 audio programs containing more than 4,500 tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.