Orion joins Alliance for Canada distrib’n

Alliance Releasing has acquired exclusive rights for theatrical distribution of Orion Pictures films in Canada.

The joint-venture was announced yesterday by Alliance prexy Victor Loewy and Jay Peckos, Orion senior VP of domestic sales.

Pix covered by the deal include Jonathan Kaplan’s “Love Field,” Arthur Hiller’s “Married to It,” George A. Romero’s “The Dark Half,” Fred Dekker’s “RoboCop 3,” Paul Flaherty’s “Clifford” and Tony Richardson’s “Blue Sky.”

Pact calls for Alliance to distribute approximately eight Orion films in Canada this year.

On the production side, parent company Alliance Communications reported a record year in 1992. The production slate over the last 12 months peaked at $ C 82 million ($ 69.7 million).

More than 90% of production dollars went to TV programming of about 90 hours of original drama.

Among the titles are drama series “Counterstrike,” seen on the USA Network, and “The Adventures of the Black Stallion,” broadcast on the Family Channel in the U.S., as well as theatrical films “Paris, France,” written by Gerard Ciccoritti, and “La Florida,” written by Suzette Couture and Pierre Sarrazin.

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