Hollywood production and sales shingles Inferno Distribution has set up a joint sales office in Asia with Taiwanese movie financier and production house Double Edge Entertainment.
Deal gives new outfit rights throughout Asia — excluding Japan — to Inferno’s English-language production slate. Inferno co-founder Jim Siebel will continue to handle Japanese rights.
Slate includes pics flowing from Inferno’s first-look co-financing and distribution deal with Sony plus Picturehouse Entertainment’s Meg Ryan-Annette Bening-Jada Pinkett Smith starrer “The Women” (Daily Variety, May 8).
Headed by Siebel and Bill Johnson, Inferno this year secured $265 million in financing from private equity and venture capital sources.
Sales will be handled by Inferno VP of international sales James MacLean and Double Edge VP of sales and marketing Steve Chicorel.
Double Edge is backed by world’s No. 3 computer manufacturer BenQ and by the Taiwan government. It is already co-financing three Inferno titles, “The Women,” Diane Keaton-Liv Tyler starrer “Smother” and Paul Walker-Piper Perabo vehicle “The Heaven Project.”
“Our ambition is to build a one-stop shop to Asia and develop cross-cultural links,” Chicorel said. “First steps included bringing two or three English-language productions to Taiwan and were followed by the establishment of (a Taiwan) distribution operation. The sales operation with Inferno is next.”
Productions to shoot in Taiwan include Mads Mikkelson starrer “Majik”; Shari Hamrick-helmed comic vampire movie “Punctured,” with Eugene Levy, Jonathan Silverman and Kelly Hu; plus “Dead Shift,” a heist movie set during the Chinese ghost month and tipped to star Hong Kong thesp Kelly Lin.
In the spring, Inferno set up a similar independent sales office in Germany.