Intermedia ‘Whipped’ up rights

Pic reflects 'American Pie' sensibility, exec sez

Intermedia has acquired the international distribution rights to “Whipped,” a Peter M. Cohen film that Destination Films will distribute in North America.

“Whipped” is a contemporary comedy set in New York City that centers on three guys who think they are God’s gift to women, and all end up picking up on the same woman.

Pic stars Amanda Peet (“She’s the One,” “The Whole Nine Yards”), Brian Van Holt, Jonathan Abrahams, Zorie Barber, Judah Domke and Callie Thorne.

Intermedia co-chairman Nigel Sinclair said: “We are delighted to be in business with Peter M. Cohen, whom we regard as a young filmmaker with enormous promise. The project has all the trappings of a hit, reflecting a sensibility seen in such films as ‘American Pie.'”

‘Classic for a Web site’

Paul Davis, Intermedia’s prexy of worldwide marketing, added, “This is the kind of project that lends itself to using the Internet for marketing … it’s a classic for a Web site and a hip, entertaining film that will really work well internationally.”

Intermedia, based in Los Angeles and London, has helped finance and has handled international rights for such films as “Sliding Doors,” “Playing by Heart” and “Hilary and Jackie.” It is working with Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Film Co. on “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” with Scott Free and IMF on “Where the Money Is,” with Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises on “Up at the Villa” and on “Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?” with Ruth Jackson’s West Eleven Films.

Cohen’s agreement was brokered by ICM and attorney Michael Fuller of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Levine.

Katherine E. Goodman brokered Intermedia’s deal.

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