Empire gets vid distrib’n

Deal comes as co. bows niche DVD label

Koch Lorber Films has sealed a multi-title video distribution deal with Empire Pictures that includes an eight-pic package and an output arrangement for the Gotham-based arthouse boutique’s upcoming releases.

Initial titles under the pact include Patrice Chereau’s Berlin fest Golden Bear-winning erotic drama “Intimacy”; Bertrand Tavernier’s WWII French film-industry drama “Safe Conduct”; and Diane Kurys’ romantic period piece “Children of the Century,” starring Juliette Binoche as writer Georges Sand.

Empire president Edmondo Schwartz said, “With Richard Lorber’s expertise in the specialty film arena, Koch Lorber’s impressive staff and their new 100,000-square-foot fully automated distribution facility, we are confident we will be able to maximize potential video revenue for our titles.”

The pact coincides with the launch of Koch Lorber’s DVD label dedicated to recent and classic world cinema, independent documentaries, music and the performing arts.

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The company was formed earlier this year by industry vet Lorber, formerly of Fox Lorber, and independent music distributor and record company Koch Entertainment, founded by Michael Koch.