Indies pair up to form studio

Independent film company Cineville and DVD distributor Westlake Entertainment are merging into an indie studio called Keystone.

New studio will bring together production and distribution, although both companies will continue to function as separate units under the Keystone umbrella.

Cineville founder Carl Colpaert is partnering with Lee Caplin and Westlake principals Larry Cohen and Luke Stefanko. Both companies will license their respective catalogs to the Keystone entity.

Cineville, founded in 1990, has produced more than 40 films; Westlake Entertainment, founded in 1993, has a catalog of more than 500.

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