Independent producer/exhibitor Regent Entertainment has formally launched an international sales division, Regent Entertainment Intl. Film Distribution (REIFD), and named Helen Sarlui as its president.
The first title on the new division’s slate will be the Sundance entry “Gods and Monsters,” which stars Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave and Lolita Davidovich, and was directed by Bill Condon (“Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh”). REIFD will co-distribute the film internationally with Overseas Filmgroup. “Gods and Monsters” has also been selected to screen at this year’s Berlin Intl. Film Festival.
REIFD will also distribute Regent’s TV product internationally. First up is the TV pic “Loyal Opposition,” to which the Family Channel has acquired domestic cable rights.
Two-year-old Regent is a partnership between Mark Harris, former IRS Media executive Paul Colichman, Dallas financier Steven Jarchow and entertainment lawyer Peter Dekom. Its strategy is to finance six to eight films per annum in the $3 million range, to be placed on its own domestic network of screens. Regent currently has two screens open, 10 under construction and a further five in development. It has set itself a target of owning 50 within two years.
Sarlui was previously chief executive officer of servicing company Entertainment Resources Intl. and a sales and distribution consultant for London-based Capitol Films. She executive produced Adam Rifkin’s “The Chase,” which starred Charlie Sheen and was distributed by 20th Century Fox.