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Roadshow taking Spyglass pix to Oz

First pic to be distributed will be Vardalos' 'Connie'

Spyglass Entertainment has signed a four-year output deal with Village Roadshow to handle distribution of its pics in Australia, New Zealand and Greece.

Village Roadshow joins Spyglass’ family of international distributors, which includes Canal Plus for pay TV in France, Benelux, Sweden and Poland; Sogecable for Spanish pay cable; Pony Canyon in Japan; Lusomundo in Portugal; Forum in Israel; and Ster Kinekor in South Africa.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be partnered once again with Graham Burke and his team at Village Roadshow,” Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, co-chair/CEOs of Spyglass Entertainment, said in a joint statement.

Spyglass’ current releases, both for Disney, are “Shanghai Knights,” the sequel to “Shanghai Noon,” starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, and action-thriller “The Recruit,” starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell.

‘Connie’ first up

First pic to be distribbed by Village Roadshow under the new deal will be Spyglass’ next production, “Connie and Carla,” written by and starring Nia Vardalos, the Oscar-nominated writer of indie hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Pic is being directed by Michael Lembeck for Universal Pictures.

Spyglass also recently announced an exclusive first-look production deal with DreamWorks. The pair team on the upcoming pic “Seabiscuit,” starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges. A co-production with Universal, pic will see Stateside release via U July 5.

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