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Sony Picks Up Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton Movie ‘Spotlight’ in Multiple Countries

Entertainment One has inked sales on “Spotlight,” including a multiterritory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Pic, about the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church, stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

In addition to SPWA, which will handle Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe outside of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Israel and India, eOne has secured sales of the film in Italy (BIM), Portugal (Lusomundo), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), the Baltic States (Estonian Theatrical Distribution), South Africa (Times Media), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (Queen), Singapore (Shaw), South Korea (Activers), Taiwan (Caichang), Thailand (Sahamongkol) and airline rights (EIM).

EOne is handling international sales of “Spotlight” in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada, Spain, Benelux and Australia/New Zealand, where the company is distributing the film directly, and in the U.S., where the film is being distributed by Open Road, which is planning for a wide release.

It is directed by Thomas McCarthy from a script by “The West Wing’s” Josh Singer and McCarthy, who was Oscar nominated for “Up” and won a BAFTA for “The Station Agent.” The film also stars Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery.

It is the true story of how a team of Boston Globe reporters uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust are producers, with David Mizner as a consultant and associate producer. Participant Media’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll are executive producers, with King and Participant’s Robert Kessel as supervising producers. Michael Bederman is also an exec producer on the film.

The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber), Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton) and reporters Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), and Matt Carroll spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Catholic Church leadership.

Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world, which still reverberate today. For their efforts, the Globe team won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003. Tucci portrays attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who achieved national acclaim representing the families of abuse victims.

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