Miramax, Alliance reup

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has renewed its distribution agreement with Alliance Releasing, a subsid of Canada’s Alliance Communications Corp. Under the pact, announced Wednesday, Alliance will release 80 Miramax films in Canada.

Alliance is the largest Canadian-owned film distributor, largely because of its relationships with Miramax, New Line Cinema and others.

The latest accord continues an arrangement that began in March 1994, under which Alliance has distributed such Miramax titles as “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Emma,” “Sling Blade” and “Trainspotting” and genre pics from the company’s Dimension banner such as “Scream” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

Canadian law prohibits film distributors — with the exception of the Hollywood studios — from releasing product directly in Canada unless they own all worldwide rights to the pics.

Commenting on the agreement, Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “Time and again, Alliance has proven its commitment and understanding for the Miramax and Dimension product, and we are excited they will continue their outstanding work on the marketing and distribution of our films in the Canadian market.”

“We are delighted to be continuing our longstanding relationship with Miramax and appreciate their faith in our commitment and abilities,” said Alliance Releasing prexy Victor Loewy.

The current accord between Miramax and Alliances includes the films “Cop Land” from “Heavy” helmer James Mangold and Michael Winterbottom’s “Welcome to Sarajevo.”

The new pact will cover such pics as “Good Will Hunting,” starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Minnie Driver; Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Robert De Niro; “The Mighty,” starring Sharon Stone; and “Full Tilt Boogie,” a docu about the making of “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

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