‘The Dog Lover: The Wrong Side of Right’ Set for U.S. Distribution

'The Dog Lover: the Wrong Side

Steven Paul’s SP Releasing has concluded a deal with ESX Entertainment for domestic distribution rights to the drama “The Dog Lover: The Wrong Side of Right,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“The Dog Lover” stars James Remar, Lea Thompson, Jason Blair and Alison Page (pictured above). Alex Ranarivelo is the director of the movie, in which an animal rights activist goes undercover to expose a large-scale dog-breeding operation.

The film is scheduled for release by SP Releasing and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment this summer with an initial theatrical opening of at least 20 U.S. cities with a simultaneous VOD day and date release.

Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s ESX Entertainment launched in July and specializes in films with budgets under $10 million with inspirational themes. Lucas is the founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products.

SP Releasing signed a multi-year output deal last year with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It also plans a summer theatrical release for “JL Ranch,” starring Jon Voight, Melanie Griffith and James Caan.

Paul has producing credits on the “Ghost Rider” and “Tekken” movies and the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson.

Paul’s SPI has become one of the most active Hollywood independent companies in the booming Chinese market. Variety reported in October that it had backed upcoming Nu Image / Millennium movies “Expendables 4” and “Security” on behalf of SSXH Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution for equity investments, providing for Chinese distribution rights.

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  1. Linda Deaton says:

    With the euthanasia of millions of dogs per year, what is the actual need for backyard or any breeder for that matter? If it is not about the money, then please explain to me why you doit.

  2. Dave says:


    You have no idea what you are talking about. I breed Border Collies, and I can tell you, it’s nowhere near “all about the money”. Puppy mills are cash generators, but legitimate breeders make very little money.

  3. Linda Carter says:

    Not all breeders are “about money”. There are many breeders out there who, in order to breed healthy happy dogs, make almost not money and the money they make goes right back to the dogs. I’m sorry that you’ve never met THAT kind of breeder.

  4. Artiewhitfox says:

    It is all about money. Breeders want big money. They want to make others look as bad as possible.

  5. judy says:

    All dog lovers will adore this beautiful movie. I was at the screening and it is so good. Allison Paige is both beautiful and is a brilliant actress, All the actors are amazing and the story is an eye opener to what is really going on in the puppy mill world. please don’t miss this excellent movie!!!

  6. God gave us the dog as a gift. They that are in our care need to be treated with love. They need to be trained early being praised when they go poop or pee outside. Use a specific word or sentence when you praise them. I could tell by my Doberman’s facial expression or his tinny almost inaudible whine that I listed for intently. If there is an accident in the house take it to where you want him to potty cleaning up the area with Natures Miracle. Their nose tells them where to go to the bathroom.

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