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Anchor Bay Shows ‘Small Time’ Some Big Love

Distributor picks up North American rights to Joel Surnow's debut feature

Business goes on at the Tribeca Film Festival, even for films that aren’t in Tribeca: Anchor Bay, whose acquisitions exec is in Gotham for the fest, has acquired North American rights to “Small Time,” the first feature from Joel Surnow.

Deal was finalized even as Kevin Kasha, Anchor Bay’s exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, is currently attending the Tribeca Film Festival. “Small Time” won’t be screened as part of Tribeca, but Anchor Bay snags the title hot on the heels of nabbing rights to horror thriller “Mr. Jones” ahead of that film’s April 19 world preem at the fest.

Toplined by Christopher Meloni, Bridget Moynahan and Dean Norris, “Small Time” centers on the owner of a used-car lot and his son, who decides to forgo college in order to join his dad as a salesman on the lot. Kevin Nealon, Xander Berkeley and Devon Bostick co-star.

Surnow, the TV vet who was co-creator and exec producer of “24,” writes and directs “Small Time,” which was shot in 20 days in the L.A. area.

Pic is an Asylum Entertainment production from producer K.C. Warnke and exec producers Stan E. Hubbard, Jonathan Koch, Steve Michael, Lawrence Rogow and Colleen Surnow. Distribution deal was pacted by Paradigm Finance Group, on behalf of the “Small Time” producers, with Anchor Bay Films.

“Small Time” joins an Anchor Bay slate that also includes “The Lords of Salem,” “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” and “No One Lives,” along with “Mr. Jones.”

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