October inks output deal with Canada’s Cineplex

Four-year pact could benefit film company's Canadian development

NEW YORK — Specialized film company October Films has signed an exclusive four-year output agreement with Canadian distributor Cineplex Odeon Films Canada, a division of Cineplex Odeon Corp.

The agreement brings October’s Canadian distribution under the umbrella of the Bronfman family trust, which together with October’s parent Universal Pictures, is a major shareholder in Cineplex Odeon. Universal acquired a majority interest in October in 1997.

October previously distributed its pics in the Great White North through Malofilm, which was recently renamed Behavior Communications. The remaining October release that will go out through Behavior is “Still Breathing.”

The first October film to be released through Cineplex Odeon and its sister company Les Films Cineplex Odeon Quebec will be Robert Duvall’s Academy Award-nominated “The Apostle.” It will be followed by Shane Meadows’ “TwentyFourSeven” starring Bob Hoskins and “High Art,” Lisa Cholodenko’s Sundance award-winner.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Cineplex Odeon, they have a terrific track record and we anticipate a long and productive partnership,” said John Schmidt, who is co-president of October along with Bingham Ray and Scott Greenstein. “October will be the premiere supplier of specialty films to Cineplex.”

Cineplex Odeon Films senior VP Bryan Gliserman said the company’s partnership with October will also benefit the development of its English- and French-language Canadian projects.

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