Pair pact on pics; 'Monster' first up
LONDON uMedia’s Belgian distribution arm, uDream, has struck an output deal with Dutch distrib A-Film.A-Film will put out uDream titles theatrically and for home entertainment across the Netherlands. The first theatrical release under the partnership will be Bibo Bergerson’s toon “A Monster in Paris,” starring the voices of Vanessa Paradis and Mathieu Chedid. Pic, which has grossed more than $20 million internationally to date, is set for June release in the Netherlands. This will be followed by a July release of Florent Emilio Siri’s “Cloclo.” Future releases will include helmer Philipp Stolzl’s actioner “The Expatriate,” toplining Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko, which was co-produced by uMedia and shot in Belgium. The partnership’s first home entertainment release is Fred Cavaye’s French action thriller “Point Blank,” toplining Gilles Lellouche and Gerard Lanvin. “Our collaboration with A-Film offers us the best possible partner to release our titles in the Netherlands,” said uMedia co-founder and CEO Adrian Politowski. A-Film director of acquisitions Erik Engelen added: “This new partnership between A-Film and uDream creates great new opportunities for us both in Belgium and the Netherlands and will reach an even broader audience.” Last week, uMedia, one of the backers of “The Artist,” announced that it had hired former Lakeshore Intl. prexy Peter Rogers to head its new London-based sales division, uConnect.