Major to distribute six pics from U.K. indie's slate

Paramount Pictures Intl. and U.K. distrib Momentum Pictures have inked a six-picture distribution deal that will see Par release Momentum’s slate theatrically, while Momentum will continue to handle marketing and publicity.

The pictures are Gerard Butler starrer “Law Abiding Citizen,” Catherine Zeta-Jones starrer “The Rebound,” “The Crazies,” “Dear John,” “The Season of the Witch” and “The Fighter.”

The deal is not believed to have longer-term implications.

Par contacted Momentum as its own slate is empty through the end of the year after a strong summer buoyed by J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.”

Though at first hesitant to team with a major, Momentum execs appear to have seen the upside of using a studio’s booking and invoicing infrastructure.

The deal is reminiscent of the pact inked in March between Pathe and Warner Bros. Pathe will continue to devise the marketing strategies for its pics, as well as put up the coin for P&A, but the nuts and bolts of booking and invoicing theaters will be the responsibility of WB.

The first pic to be released out of the Par-Momentum alliance will be the Film Department’s “Law Abiding Citizen” in the U.K. on Nov. 27.

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