Savor picks up ‘Crazies’ in Spain

Distrib builds profile through partnerships

MADRID — Barcelona-based indie distributor Savor has inked with Paramount Vantage on all Spanish rights to “The Crazies,” the remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 chiller.

Over recent months, Savor has built profile as a mainstream film buyer for Spain, closing a raft of acquisition deals.

These include pacts with French sales agent Kinology on Renee Zellweger dramedy “My Own Love Song” and Gilles Paquet Brenner’s drama “Sarah’s Key,” toplining Kristin Scott Thomas, and the pickup of rights to horror pic “The Tortured,” from Ted Perkins’ sales company Eclectic Film Sales.

A long-time DVD distribution division at Barcelona mini-major DeAPlaneta, Savor’s management bought Savor from DeAPlaneta in October 2008, inking an exclusive distribution deal on DeAPlaneta’s huge catalog.

Under prexy Jose Escola, a former DeAPlaneta CEO, Savor is looking to grow through diversification.

Savor brand Emon has tentacles in theatrical, home entertainment, TV sales, Internet downloads and leisure stores via its chain Emon Emotion Land.

A key strategy for Savor-Emon’s film distribution business is the inking of pic-by-pic joint ventures with other Spanish distributors, sharing costs and benefits.

To date, Savor-Emon’s biggest joint-venture deal was with Madrid-Based Vertigo Films, picking up Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy adaptation.

Another joint acquisition with Vertigo is Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s French comedy “Micmacs,” toplining Dany Boon, and scheduled for a May Spain release.

“Vertigo is strong in theatrical distribution; we are strong in DVD,” said Escola. “In these complicated times for film financing, joint ventures allow us to access bigger film titles and play off synergies,” Escola added.

Savor-Emon has also teamed with Barcelona’s film boutique Baditri to release in April Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama “Five Minutes of Heaven,” toplining Liam Neeson.

Emon Theatrical debuts in April 30 with its first full solo release, the romantic comedy “Sorry I Want to Marry You,” the first part of Italian writer-director Federico Moccia’s film trilogy, which has been fully acquired by Savor.

“We aim to distribute 14 to 20 films a year for the theatrical market, including joint venture titles,” Escola added.