MADRID — Spanish-Italian joint venture DeAPlaneta, the controlling shareholder of Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, has teamed with L.A.-based Trans-Pacific Media to move into the acquisition of U.S. and international pics for the world market, including the U.S.
Headed by Laurie Woodrow, Trans-Pacific already advises DeAPlaneta, one of Spain biggest film distributors, on the acquisi-tion of films from the U.S. and Latin America for distribution in Spain.
According to Trans-Pacific prexy Woodrow, Trans-Pacific will now also look for primarily “theatrically driven U.S. indie projects with commercial potential” on which DeAPlaneta will take worldwide rights.
Trans-Pacific will aid DeAPlaneta in clinching U.S. distribution deals, she said.
“The only common denominator in the films we’ll be looking to acquire is their international market potential. We won’t spe-cialize in any genre or country. And we won’t be taking documentaries, nor formats, nor TV series,” added Laia Medina, DeA-Planeta intl. sales manager.
DeAPlaneta’s current international sales slate is made up of Spanish titles such as Fernando Camara’s psychological thriller “Dementia.” But, barring standouts, small Spanish pics — like foreign language fare worldwide — have an increasingly tough time closing international sales deals. The Madrid-based sales agency 6 Sales has already moved into select U.S. fare, taking interna-tional recently on “Gospel Hill,” the first film from L.A.-based Deco Entertainment.