A new Concept

Siritzky, OFG launch genre arm

CANNES — “Emanuelle” producer Alain Siritzky and Overseas Film Group have banded together to create a genre label — I Concept Films — that will produce and distribute 10 to 12 pics per year in the $2 million to $5 million budget range.

Split financing

In the deal, Siritzky and Overseas will split the financing on the pics. Overseas will handle all domestic and international sales for the company. Siritzky will be in charge of the production end.

The company will give Siritzky another label. He already runs Paris-based Alain Siritzky Prods., which is the sales arm for two distinct production entities: New York-based Hope Street Entertainment and Click Prods., an L.A. company that deals solely in erotic fare. ASP, which Siritzky started as a U.S. entity with the help of director/producer Roger Corman, has produced 44 features over the last three years.

The deal came about after Siritzky and Overseas co-chairman and co-CEO Robert Little missed their flight from the Salt Lake City airport to NATPE after the Sundance Film Festival. The label announced two titles that will go into production this summer:

  • “Night Driver,” directed by John Cork. Pic is about a series of murders and their relationship to a man driving through the country.

  • “Picture Perfect,” written and helmed by Rolfe Kanefsky. Pic is the story of a murder in a small town and a couple that is being stalked.

Hope Street, meanwhile, is in Cannes selling “Camouflage,” which has a script by Billy Bob Thornton. James Keach is helming. Siritzky, Karl Schanzer and Mark Malis are producing.

Hope Street is also offering “Blonde and Blonder,” “Videostore: the Movie” and “Running With Scissors” for sale, as well as 42 titles from ASP’s erotic library.

Siritzky’s “Emanuelle” series, which includes seven titles, has been a mainstay for ASP and Click Prods. But Siritzky said I Concept will have no erotic fare.

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