Omega to distribute ‘Anna Nicole’

Montage pic stars Willa Ford

CANNES — Omega Entertainment, a Swiss-U.K. financing, production and sales entity, has pacted with Elie Samaha’s Montage Films to distribute biopic “Anna Nicole” outside North America.

Domestic rights to the pic, which stars singer Willa Ford, remain available.

Deal is part of a one-year, first-look arrangement between Omega and Montage.

“We are delighted to be able to handle such a timely film,” Omega founder Markus Barmettler said.

The pic is on an instant-paperback timetable, shooting now in L.A. with an expected delivery of a significant amount of marketable footage by July. Smith died of a drug overdose in February at age 39.

“Anna Nicole” is financed by Montage Films and Nasser Entertainment and produced by Nasser Entertainment. Montage is an L.A.-based production and financing company, founded earlier this year by Elie Samaha and Joseph Mehri, which focuses on small- to mid-sized pictures, of which “Anna Nicole” is the first.

In April, Omega tapped former Lakeshore Intl. topper Peter Rogers as its prexy. The company was formed in 2006 by Barmettler, Enrique Steiger and Solvej Malis, aiming to finance and distribute up to 10 titles a year, at budgets ranging from $10 million to $60 million.

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