Recent purchases include 'Horsemen,' 'Homeland Security,' 'Straightheads'
Sony had a busy AFM, buying a selection of various rights for its different labels and local releasing operations.From Mandate Pictures, it grabbed rights to “The Horseman” for territories including Spain, Latin America, South Africa and Korea. From Celluloid Dreams, it acquired U.K. rights to Oz dance movie “Razzle Dazzle.” From Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, it bought all English-language rights to “Homeland Security,” starring Antonio Banderas, Meg Ryan and Colin Hanks. From Sam Horley’s Blighty sales house Lumina Films, it sourced partial rights to Gillian Anderson starrer “Straightheads.” From Hannibal Pictures, it acquired partial rights, including North America, Spain, Italy and most of Southeast Asia, to music romancer “Yellow.” From Element Films, it bought partial rights to Laurence Fishburne-starring thriller “Five Fingers” and to comedy drama “The Last Time.” It also secured Forrest Whitaker-starring horror pic “The Marsh” from Global Cinema Group; and the TV, DVD, mobile and new media rights to 10-part TV series “Tudors,” produced by Peace Arch Entertainment. “We have worldwide distribution organizations, which trust us as distributors to fill their portfolios,” Peter Schlessel, Sony Pictures Entertainment prexy of worldwide acquisitions, said. Contradicting notions of an AFM malaise, Schlessel added: “It might be true that our acquisitions program until recently had been more focused on domestic, but we have needs everywhere and simply got aggressive.”