Survey of operators, indie labels
An overview of some of the most active nonstudio homevid distributors and alliancesHOMEVIDEO OPERATORS Anchor Bay Entertainment: Horror DVD premieres and catalog titles, including Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead,” and “Children of the Corn.” Nostalgic films, including 1980’s signature “License to Drive.” Ardustry Home Entertainment: DVD premieres of thrillers, comedies, dramas, among other categories. Current title is “Daddy Who,” with Sean Astin. First theatrical launch is “Now & Forever,” Aug. 19 in limited release. First Look Home Entertainment: Acquires international films for U.S. DVD marketplace, including “Boys and Girl From County Clare.” Horror and thrillers including “The Hollow” and “Hammerhead.” Genius Products: Acquired Wellspring arthouse film library; owns rights to a number of Sundance Film Festival selections. Hart Sharp Video: Documentaries, including “Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY” and new educational edition of “Super Size Me” Image Entertainment: Premium catalog label Criterion Collection; star-driven DVD premieres such as Paris Hilton starrer “The Hillz” and “Face,” with Robert Carlyle. Koch Entertainment: Label Koch Vision distributes many niche DVD premieres, including horror pics from Troma. Label Koch Lorber Films delivers international theatrical films to the U.S. DVD marketplace, including “Save the Green Planet.” Lions Gate Home Entertainment: Distributes many genre-oriented theatrical projects on DVD, including “Open Water” and “Saw,” and kids DVD premieres, including the Barbie franchise. Platinum Disc: A subsidiary of Echo Bridge Entertainment. Rescues old films from obscurity and turns them into budget DVDs, including “True Women,” with Angelina Jolie. Starting to push theatrical releases with limited October bow of “Mortuary.” TLA Releasing: Gay and lesbian product, including “Latter Days.” International acquisitions include “Bear Cub.” Ventura Entertainment Enterprises: Distribs martial-arts, horror and Spanish cinema through its Ventura Select label. INDIE LABELS WITH DVD DISTRIBUTION ELSEWHERE Disinformation: Home of Robert Greenwald exposes, including “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War.” Distributes through Ryko Distribution in the U.S. Palm Pictures: Eclectic supplier of music docs like “Dig!” and Asian cinema such as “JSA.” Distributes through Universal Music Video Distributors. Showtime Home Entertainment: Ventura Entertainment Enterprises and Navarre, among others; distributes indie film product to retailers. Sundance Channel Home Entertainment: Hart Sharp Video distributes many of its current projects, including Lauren Ambrose starrer “Admissions.” Tartan USA: Extreme Asian horror provider, including “Oldboy” and “Spider Forest”; distributes through TLA Releasing. ThinkFilm: From a recent pact, its documentary-heavy theatrical slate, including “Born Into Brothels,” will be distributed by Lions Gate in the U.S. for the next three years.