Netcaster AtomFilms announced this week it has added indie distributor Forefront Films’ catalog of 125 live-action shorts to its library. As part of the acquisition, Forefront founders Megan O’Neill and Harold Warren will also join Atom’s executive team, overseeing its new Gotham office.
Atom currently has offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and London.
Despite the pact, in which AtomFilms acquired the Forefront library for an undisclosed sum, Forefront will continue to market and distribute its full-length feature “Relax … It’s Just Sex” under the Forefront banner for the next 17 years. Seattle-based AtomFilms will license the Forefront properties under its own moniker.
Atom is looking at the merger to expand the distribution channels for its current library of over 800 live-action and animated shorts to off-line syndicators. It currently buys the rights to shorts to broadcast on its Web site and syndicate to airlines, cable channels such as HBO and other program buyers.
O’Neill and Warren have spent the last eight years licensing short films to global broadcasters, including Canal Plus, Channel Four, ZDF/Arte, HBO and TV Man Union.
“Megan and Harry are giants in the live-action short film world,” said Heather Redman, senior VP of strategy and development at AtomFilms. “Their addition is integral to our quest to provide the best opportunities to independent filmmakers, discovered and undiscovered, from around the world.”