BayView Announces Output Deal With Summer Hill Films

BayView Entertainment has announced an output deal with Summer Hill Films.

The output deal will be focused on both streaming and physical media, with the first titles expected to begin arriving in July 2023.

Upcoming films will include the family drama Jack and the Treehouse, the mystery Devil’s Lake, the gritty indie feature Howlin’ Refrain, The Strange Case of Normalcy, and the crime drama Black Birds in a Storm.

Launched in December of 2007 for the purpose of financing independent film production, Summer Hill Films was responsible for the release of numerous titles into the theatrical, home video and streaming marketplace.

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“With the industry undergoing shifts in viewing habits on an almost weekly basis, I feel it is important to have our titles in the hands of an independent distributor who can give them the maximum exposure,” Summer Hill’s CEO Ted Chalmers said in a statement. “I’m more than pleased that Bayview will be adding our titles to their extensive offerings.”

“This agreement adds more strength to our current catalog offerings by adding over 200 new films,” Peter Castro, BayView’s VP of acquisitions and business development, said in a statement. “Summer Hill’s titles (both new releases and catalog) will be a crucial part of BayView’s release strategy for the foreseeable future. We are honored to welcome both Ted and Summer Hill Films to the Bayview family and dedicated and excited to make Summer Hill’s titles successful within the expanding BayView catalog.”

The agreement comes on the heels of BayView Entertainment’s 2023 acquisitions of Passion River Films and Mutiny Pictures.



Rise Studios Partners With Parrot Analytics on Data

Rise Studios, a company driving investment in the MENA entertainment industry, has announced a partnership with data analytics company Parrot Analytics.

Parrot will help drive data-driven decisions as Rise looks to streamline its content creation and distribution strategy, according to a company press release.

“By leveraging Parrot Analytics’ industry-leading TV demand product and data analytics teams, Rise Studios will make informed decisions to optimize content performance across various platforms,” the press release stated. “The partnership allows Rise to have a thorough understanding of regional audience demand and preferences, enabling them to develop more impactful and engaging content.”

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“Ensuring that our work is supported with insightful and meaningful data combined with our industry knowledge is important for us as a business,” Amanda Turnbull, CEO of Rise Studios, said in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with Parrot Analytics, who are specialists in global audience analytics and content valuation, enabling us to make informed decisions for our content creation and distribution strategy.” 

“Parrot Analytics is thrilled to partner with Rise Studios to drive innovation in the entertainment industry throughout the Middle East. Combining our data-driven approach and insights with Rise Studios’ creative and platform expertise, we believe will result in transformative content that captivates and engages the audience,” Laurine Garaude, Parrot Analytics’ EMEA partnerships director, said in a statement.

FandangoNow Offers Promo on Preorders of ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

Consumers who rent Bill & Ted Face the Music (due Aug. 28) in advance on FandangoNow can get 50% off rentals of more than 100 movies starring big-screen duos like Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.

The deal includes the pair’s first two epics Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Other films in the offer include Bad Boys for Life, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, House Party, Thelma & Louise, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Booksmart, The Blues Brothers, Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, The Heat, The Sting, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Friday, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Midnight Run, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Back to the Future, Keanu and Ted.

Consumers will have 30 days to begin watching the titles after they are rented. For more info on the more than 100 discounted titles in the deal, see FandangoNow’s Movie Duos.

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