Maximum Film Distribution, the Canuck distrib set-up by veteran industry player Robert Lantos last year, has inked to handle Lakeshore Entertainment’s pics in Canada.
The deal was announced by Lantos and Lakeshore chairman Tom Rosenberg on Wednesday.
Toronto-based Maximum will acquire all Canuck rights to Lakeshore’s independent productions for the next two years.
These include “Henry Poole is Here,” which stars Luke Wilson and will world preem next week at Sundance; helmer Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy,” which top-lines Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz and will preem in competition at next month’s Berlin fest; and the thriller “Pathology” starring Milo Ventimiglia.
The agreement was negotiated by Mark Musselman for Maximum and David Dinerstein and Eric Reid for Lakeshore. Maximum has output deals with Cinetic Media, IFC, Magnolia Pictures/HDNet Films and Fortissimo Films.
Maximum also announced Wednesday that distribution exec Bryan Gliserman will become managing director.
Gliserman has spent 14 years as president of Odeon Films, a division of Alliance Films and one of Canada’s leading distributors. Gliserman will oversee Maximum distribution in Canada.
He has also held senior positions at Orion Pictures Canada, Cineplex Odeon, Columbia Pictures of Canada, Astral Films and MGM/UA Entertainment.