New prod'n co. to also offer vid/DVD distrib'n, TV sales

NEW YORK — Michael Broder has ankled Arrow Entertainment, where he was veep of domestic distribution for the past two years, and launched his own shingle, Small Planet Pictures.

Under his banner, Broder will release “Tully,” directed by Hillary Birmingham. Small Planet will distribute the pic in conjunction with Birmingham and Ann Sondberg’s Tell Tell Films, the pic’s producer.

In addition to a theatrical arm, Small Planet will also provide video/DVD distribution and domestic television sales; it will also develop new properties. Company plans to open offices in New York, San Francisco and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. On the vid end, Small Planet is partnering with Undecided Records, a medium-sized record label based in Ft. Lauderdale.

Broder is also working in conjunction with TLA Releasing to help the nascent vid distributor create a theatrical releasing arm.

During his tenure at Arrow, Broder was responsible for the acquisition and theatrical distribution of “The Independent,” starring Jerry Stiller and Janeane Garofalo. He also distributed Denis Villeneuve’s Genie Award winner “Maelstrom” and Atsushi Funahashi’s “Echoes.”

Expanded library

Other theatrical releases included Ze’ev Gilad’s “Dog Run” and Jule Gilfillan’s “Restless.” Arrow’s video unit added 15 titles to its VHS and DVD library under Broder’s watch, including the “Behind the Music That Sucks” series; “Funnyman,” starring Christopher Lee; and Liv Ullmann’s “Sofie.”

Broder’s distribution career includes stints at Winstar Cinema as head of operations and at Stratosphere Entertainment. Prior to joining Gotham-based Stratosphere, Broder was director of marketing and publicity at Florida-based arthouse chain Sunrise Cinemas. He also worked for United Artists Theaters.

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