Echo Bridge connects with Alliance

Indie distributor bulks up with library acquisition

Indie distrib Echo Bridge Entertainment has dramatically beefed up its program vault with the acquisition of the distribution rights to the Alliance Atlantis Intl. Distribution library from Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Deal gives Echo Bridge distribution rights outside of Canada to more than 7,500 titles including the MTV teen soaps “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Instant Star,” Canuck dramas “Da Vinci’s Inquest” and “Due South” plus former firstrun syndie actioners “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict” and “Total Recall 2070.” It also includes a slew of longform titles such as “Hitler: The Rise of Evil,” “Nuremberg” and “Haven.”

Echo Bridge, headed by syndie vets Michael Rosenblatt and Dan March, plans to begin shopping the library to international buyers at next week’s MipTV confab in Cannes. Acquisition boosts the company’s program library to more than 11,000 TV and pic titles.

Rosenblatt, Echo Bridge CEO, said his company has been pursuing the Alliance Atlantis rights for more than three years, before the one-time Canuck powerhouse was sold to Goldman Sachs for $2 billion last year.

“This is a remarkably successful library all over the world,” Rosenblatt said, noting the deal also puts them in line to be the distrib on new segs of active skeins a la “Degrassi” and a number of kidvid properties that are well-sold in numerous territories.

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