Shout! Factory Buys Roger Corman Library with Chinese Co.

Indie distributor Shout! Factory and China’s Ace Film HK Co. have acquired Roger “The Pope of Pop Cinema” Corman’s New Horizons Picture catalog featuring 270 movies and TV series. No financial details were disclosed.

The deal grants Shout! rights to North America, Europe, Australia and Russia. Ace has rights for China, Asia, Africa and South America.

Titles include Rock‘N’Roll High School, The Trip, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Piranha, Bloodfist, Black Scorpion, Little Shop of Horrors, Eat My Dust! and Humanoids From The Deep, among others.

The 91-year-old Corman received an honorary Oscar in 2009, and reportedly helped foster the careers of Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Paul Bartel, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme and Gale Anne Hurd, among others.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Shout! has distributed select Corman titles on branded packaged media box sets and digital since 2010. It plans to support the catalog with a “long-term growth strategy” that includes new content development, remakes, merchandise licensing programs, digital media initiatives, and content syndication.

The company bowed ad-supported Shout! Factory TV in 2015.

 

Amazon Upping Indie Film Compensation

Amazon Jan. 11 announced it is nearly doubling compensation to independent movies and documentaries participating in the Amazon Video Direct Film Festival Stars platform.

The program, which affords creators direct access to millions of Prime members through streaming video, paid out $5.8 million in one-time bonuses to more than 100 titles from the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.

Content included City of Toronto Award winner for Best Canadian First Feature Film, Luk’Luk’l, Toronto Platform Prize winner, Félécite, and Oscar shortlisted for documentary feature, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library.

The program, which doubled Toronto Film Festival cash bonuses, will be offered for this month’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Specifically, Sundance participants could get one-time payments of $150,000 for movie premiers and $120,000 for documentary premiers, among other compensation.

Citing distribution challenges for short films, Amazon is also bowing a FFS Short Film program at Sundance, similar to a campaign launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

Amazon also established a $50,000 cash bonus pool for official selection Sundance short films to be shared among the five most-streamed short films offered by Amazon Video Direct from Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018.

“Amazon’s FFS program is a much-needed breath of fresh air for … independent and foreign language,” Jon Gerrans, co-president, Strand Releasing, said in a statement. “We know the audience still exists for these films and … curated FFS programming is helping to connect that audience around the world with these wonderful films.”