Out-of-court pact settles 'St. Anna' dispute

TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, formerly known as TF1 Intl., has settled its “Miracle at St. Anna” distribution dispute with pic’s helmer-producer Spike Lee, scribe James McBride and Italian production company On My Own.

The French media group declined to disclose the terms.

TDA had acquired sales rights for the world (except the U.S., Canada and Italy), and distribution rights in France from On My Own. But it cancelled the October 2008 French release, arguing the film did not conform to the approved script, and sought termination of the distribution agreement.

The settlement, which was reached through the Paris Center for Mediation and Arbitration, comes over a month after TDA was fined €32 million ($46 million) by Paris’ Superior Court for failing to honor its distribution agreement. TDA is appealing the “disproportionate” fine.

Paris-based TDA, the sales arm of the TF1 Group, said it “never intended to call into question the artistic quality of the film, which is a work of the highest standard imbued with universal humanistic values, paying tribute to the Afro-American soldiers who fought during the Second World War in defense of liberty and of the whole of humanity.”

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