Foreign sales and distribution exec Peter Elson has teamed with New Zealand-based financing and production house Daybreak Pacific, headed by co-CEOs Dale and Grant Bradley.
Under the terms of the deal, Elson’s Global Cinema Group will handle worldwide sales and distribution for Daybreak’s slate.
Global has also hired Mark Huljich as senior VP; he’s relocated from New Zealand to work on Daybreak’s pics, for which he is also an exec producer.
Global aims to handle approximately 10 pics a year.
First pic under the new partnership will be “High Tide,” an actioner set to start production this fall. Demitri Samaha, Todd Fellman and Grant Bradley will produce; Huljich exec produces. Pic will be directed by Daybreak’s Dale Bradley.
Global will also be sealing two acquisitions.
“Heights” a comedic drama directed by Chris Terrio, produced by Merchant Ivory and starring Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Bogosian, Jesse Bradford, James Marsden, Isabella Rossellini, George Segal and Rufus Wainwright, is being distributed in the U.S. through Sony Pictures Classics. “High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story,” a drama about the card prodigy and gambler, is written, directed and produced by A.W. Vidmer and stars Michael Imperioli.
Global will also be selling Daybreak’s family adventure trilogy “Treasure Island Kids,” in post-production. First pic in the series is “The Battle for Treasure Island,” starring Randy Quaid, Nicko Vella and Sasha Tilley and directed and penned by Gavin Scott.
Daybreak aims to produce up to four pics a year in the $15 million-$25 million range.