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Blackwatch, Trimark ink distribution deal

Distrib gets exclu Canuck rights, will bow to 'King'

Blackwatch Releasing has entered into an output deal with Trimark Pictures under which it will own exclusive Canadian rights to Trimark’s homevideo and TV properties.

Among the titles launching the deal are “Warlock III: The End of Innocence,” (Bruce Payne, Ashley Laurence), “Tactical Assault” (Rutger Hauer) and “Sometimes They Come Back … For More” based on characters created by Stephen King.

‘King’ deal

Separately, Blackwatch has picked up all rights to Trimark’s “Joe The King,” the helming debut of thesp Frank Whaley, which stars Val Kilmer, John Leguizamo and Ethan Hawke.

Wayne Levin, general counsel and VP of business and legal affairs, brokered the pact, along with Trimark exec VP Peter Block. Yves R. Dion, Andy Myers and Charlene Paling repped Blackwatch.

Blackwatch distributes feature films across Canada, maintaining offices in Montreal and Toronto.

Recent Trimark releases include “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” and “Chinese Box.” Trimark Television recently produced for CBS “The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn,” starring Sidney Poitier and Dianne Wiest. Additionally, Trimark’s homevideo arm releases approximately 35 titles per year and 15 new titles to the sell-through market. The company recently entered into a multiyear deal with NBC’s homevid arm to distribute their product line into retail outlets. Recent releases include “The ’60s,” “Another Day in Paradise” and “Happiness.”

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