Film unit makes deals for film archives
Osiris Entertainment is making moves to become a player in the independent film biz, acquiring Westlake Entertainment’s library of more than 400 pics and pacting with Nelson Madison Films for an additional 40 titles.Deals will be used to bolster the offerings of Osiris’ online film sales and rental site WebMovieNow, which was launched last year by company topper and filmmaker Evan Crooke. Financial terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed, but Osiris aims to generate revenue through the website — and by distribbing the pics to various other digital platforms, on DVD and to international broadcasters. As part of its pact with Osiris, Nelson Madison’s distribution arm, Indie Rights, will seek out pics for WebMovieNow from other indie shingles. Distribution at Osiris is handled by VP of distribution Heidi Meier and Mark Carothers. “Our goal is to acquire the best films, and make the best movies we can, while empowering filmmakers to participate in a more sensible form of distribution than traditional methods,” Crooke said. “By acquiring the bulk of the Westlake Entertainment library, we are now better positioned to attract new producers and titles.” The Westlake library is made up mostly of genre fare and documentaries, including “Zombies Gone Wild,” “Killing Jar,” “Mojave Phone Booth” and “Running With Arnold.” Meanwhile, Nelson Madison Films’ pics include the docu “Skid Row.” Company’s founders, Linda Nelson and Michael Madison, who formed their shingle in 2003, have produced the large-format film “ ’N Sync Bigger Than Live” and the upcoming actioner “Delivered.” Crooke formed Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Osiris last year. He also produces films through Paragon Pictures and operates the website WebMusicNow.