Universum nabs ‘REC’ pics

Filmax inks a flurry of deals

MADRID — German distrib Universum Film has acquired all rights in the territory to the last two parts of successful movie franchise “REC,” helmed by Spanish genre directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza.

Pact was negotiated with sales agent Filmax Intl. at the American Film Market, where the Barcelona-based international distrib inked a flurry of deals.

Both Plaza’s “REC Genesis” and Balaguero’s “REC Apocalypse,” now in pre-production, have also been sold to Broadmedia in Japan and Edko Films in Hong Kong. With these pacts, the pics have been licensed near worldwide.

At the AFM, Balaguero’s next pic, “Sleep Tight,” now in post, was taken by Senator for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.

Filmax also inked U.K. distribution rights to Miguel Angel Vivas’ Spanish thriller “Kidnapped” to Icon Film Distribution.

In further, already unveiled AFM agreements, Filmax sold to IFC Midnight, the genre label of IFC Films, North American distribution rights to both “Kidnapped” and Manuel Carballo’s “Exorcismus.”

Telepool in Germany, Seven Sept in France, At Company in Japan and Ster Kinekor in South Africa also nabbed “Exorcismus” rights at the AFM.

One of this market genre highlights, “Kidnapped” has also been acquired by King Records for Japan, Edko for Hong Kong and Kinoprom for CIS. Prior sales in Toronto included Universum (Germany), Gussi (Latin America) and CCV (Scandinavia). With these deals, “Kidnapped,” Vivas’ sophomore feature film, is almost sold out.

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