Polygram picks up Parker

Polygram Filmed Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with “Evita” helmer Alan Parker and his Dirty Hands Prods.

PFE hopes to finance and distribute one or two Dirty Hands productions per year. Parker will direct some of the films while producing and/or writing other projects.

In addition, Polygram will help bankroll Parker’s new Dirty Hands Media Co., which will explore the creation of books, music and television programming. Polygram will own a minority stake in the company and will handle distribution where appropriate.

“From a creative point of view I’m interested in other things besides being the writer, producer and director of my own movies, which is my day job,” Parker told Daily Variety. “With the support of a company like Polygram, I can explore these other areas properly.”

Dirty Hands will remain in its current Los Angeles location while adding a London office.

“I would love Polygram to be known as a director’s company, where directors feel at home,” PFE president Michael Kuhn told Daily Variety.

Polygram, which earlier this week unveiled details of its long-awaited domestic theatrical operation, currently has deals in place with directors Tim Robbins and David Fincher through its Working Title and Propaganda subsidiaries.

Parker’s deal is unusual, however, in that it was made directly with Polygram Filmed Entertainment, as opposed to one of its production labels, which also include Interscope and Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures.

In order to reach PFE’s goal of distributing around 16 films per year, Kuhn has said he would like to add two more production subsidiaries.

Parker most recently helmed the musical biopic “Evita,” which has so far grossed $141 million worldwide.

The English-born director was Oscar-nominated for “Midnight Express” and “Mississippi Burning.” His other credits include “Fame,” “Birdy” and “Angel Heart.”

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