Studio, Sogepaq ink joint distrib deal

Twentieth Century Fox and Spanish sales and distribution house Sogepaq have inked a joint distrib agreement for Sogepaq titles in Spain.

Accord replaces Sogepaq’s linkup with Warner Bros. via a joint distribution venture, Warner Sogefilms, which lapsed after the January release of “Volando voy.”

Put through Fox’s Spanish subbranch, Hispano FoxFilms, new deal will kick off April 7 with the theatrical release of David Trueba’s twentysomething romantic comedy “Bienvenido a casa.”

Hispano FoxFilms will handle theatrical bookings and collections on Sogepaq pics.

The films may be produced by Sogepaq’s sister production company, Sogecine, or will be Sogepaq third-party pickups such as “Bienvenido,” which is produced by Fernando Trueba P.C. and Ensueno Films.

Timeframe of deal has not been disclosed, but it looks set to run at least into mid-2007.

Pics to be included are Antonio Banderas’ second pic as helmer, “El camino de los ingleses”; Julio Medem’s “Caotica Ana”; Fernando Colomo’s “El proximo oriente”; and Guillermo Fesser’s debut, “Candida.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment already handles Spanish vid rights on Sogepaq’s Sogecine titles.

Since it no longer distributes international titles in Spain, Sogepaq doesn’t need as large a structure as Warner Sogefilms, nor does its limited release slate merit a standalone distrib op.

Spanish exhibs often sing Hispano FoxFilms’ praises for nursing low-profile titles to considerable results. Sogepaq can supply Hispano with upscale films with an occasional commercial punch. Sogecine’s stable of directors also includes Alejandro Amenabar.

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