Spanish sales consortium 6 Sales has inked a strategic alliance with the Madrid-based production and consultancy company Intuition Films.
It’s also in advanced talks to sign an output deal on all product from L.A.-based pic production house Deco Entertainment.
Deco’s first production, Giancarlo Esposito’s racial tension drama “Gospel Hill,” starring Danny Glover, Julia Stiles and Samuel L. Jackson, is in post-production. Intuition co-produced Michel Ocelot’s hit toon, “Azur and Asmar,” which grossed $16 million in France.
The Intuition deal kicks in as 6 Sales unveils pickups of its AFM sales slate, led by “20% Fiction,” produced by Robert De Niro and helmed by Barry Primus, and Michael Oblowitz’s surfing pioneers doc “Dark Tracks,” narrated by Heath Ledger.
Intuition will bring primarily U.S. projects to 6 Sales. The sales consortium will offer Intuition a first option on co-producing its films.
“We have the same mentality. Intuition and 6 Sales look for films that can be international successes,” says Intuition general manager Patrick Juarez.
Working out of the U.S., Intuition also will help finance and package 6 Sales projects. It plans to set up a L.A. office.
Meanwhile, Deco is looking to close an output deal with 6 Sales, which is pushing out major territory sales on “Gospel Hill.”
“We want to raise the budgetary range of our projects from $5 million-$10 million to $10 million-$20 million,” says Deco founder Freddy Braidy. “Working with one reputable sales company will help us raise bank gap financing.” Titles of 6 Sales range from U.S. productions “20% Fiction” and “Gospel Hill” to Spain’s “Mortadelo & Filemon” and “The Missing Lynx” to Argentina’s “Who Said It’s Easy” and “Isidoro,” plus Colombia’s “Bluff.”
“Talent has no nationality,” said 6 Sales partner Marina Fuentes.
While studios have their various specialty divisions, the alternative for some indies is alliances straddling continents.
“With 6 Sales being in Europe and us being in the U.S., we almost act like a satellite for 6 Sales,” says Braidy.
“The strong euro, which attracts U.S. companies, and nervousness about the strike, are also making U.S.-European relations more fluid,” says Juarez.
Of newly announced U.S. deals, Jim McNamara’s Latino specialty distrib Panamax has taken U.S. rights to Felipe Martinez’s Colombian youth comedy “Bluff.” LapTV has bought Latin American pay TV.
L.A.-based Domain Ent. has acquired all U.S. rights on Paul Leduc’s “El Cobrador: In God We Trust,” plus DVD rights to Antonio Hernandez’s “The Lesser Evil” and Juan Taratuto’s “Who Said It’s Easy?”