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Francesco Simeoni, Director of Content from Arrow, to Head Up Radiance Films for MVD

New distribution company Radiance Films was formed by industry veteran Francesco Simeoni and this month inked distribution deals with MVD Entertainment Group for North America and with Elevation Sales for the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The label will focus on prestige library titles for collector's edition releases on Blu-ray and digital. The label will aim to release 30 titles per year including new restorations and theatrical reissues for select titles.  Radiance is in discussion with multiple licensors about launch titles.  Simeoni, who left Arrow Films recently after twelve years, will be acting as Managing Director.  Simeoni was Director of Content at Arrow and oversaw the company's large slate of releases in multiple territories, including beloved classics like Robocop and Bicycle Thieves.  Simeoni commented, "I am thrilled to be undertaking this new venture and believe there is a large opportunity for a nimble and innovative distributor in the library space. I loo

HBO Original Documentary THE PRINCESS Debuts August 13th

  The HBO Original documentary film THE PRINCESS is an intimate and immersive look at the life of Princess Diana, directed by Academy Award® nominee Ed Perkins (“Black Sheep” “Tell Me Who I Am”) and produced by Lightbox, Academy Award®-winning Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire” “Searching for Sugar Man”) and Emmy®-winning Jonathan Chinn (“LA92” HBO’s “Tina”). The film debuts on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 (8:00-9:50 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, and will be available to stream on HBO Max. THE PRINCESS had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.  The relationship of Diana and Charles, the Prince and Princess of Wales, was tabloid fodder for nearly two decades, the subject of almost daily headlines in the 24-hour news cycle. THE PRINCESS draws solely from contemporaneous archival audio and video footage to take audiences back to key events in Diana’s life as they happened, including their seemingly fairy-tale public courtship an

Following Films Podcast: Jake Wachtel on KARMALINK

Conceived as a way to interrogate processes of neo-colonialism, and highlighting the alienating effects of technological progress, Palo Alto native Jake Wachtel's KARMALINK is a mind-bending tale of reincarnation, artificial consciousness, and the search for enlightenment. KARMALINK will be released in the US Theatrically in major cities and on VOD in the US and Canada on Friday, July 15.

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL starring Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles - In Theaters, On Digital and Streaming on Paramount + August 19, 2022

Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles Directed By: William Brent Bell  Written By: David Coggeshall Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit, Orphan.  After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous “child” at any cost. In Theaters, On Digital and Streaming on Paramount + - August 19, 2022

AMC+ & RLJE FILMS NAB “SECTION 8” - Starring Ryan Kwanten, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, Scott Adkins and Mickey Rourke

AMC Networks’ premium streaming bundle AMC+ and RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, have acquired the action film, SECTION 8. It will be released In Theaters and AMC+ on September 23, 2022. Written by Chad Law (Drive Hard), Josh Ridgway (Howlers) and directed by Christian Sesma (Vigilante Diaries), SECTION 8 stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Dermot Mulroney (“Hanna”), Scott Adkins (John Wick: Chapter 4) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler). “We’re excited to work with the film’s all-star cast who are icons of action cinema,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJE Films. “Each of them has legions of fans and we’re excited to be able to bring SECTION 8 to them this fall.” Said Courtney Thomasma, GM of AMC+: “AMC+ is poised for a gangbuster second half of 2022, and we’re thrilled to add SECTION 8 to our action-packed line-up of exclusive films, alongside our breakout original series, as we continue to rollout new movie premieres every we

Shudder Releases Trailer and Poster for Acclaimed Southern Gothic Horror WHAT JOSIAH SAW Ahead of August 4 Release

  Directed by: Vincent Grashaw  Starring: Robert Patrick (THE TERMINATOR), Nick Stahl (SIN CITY), Scott Haze (CHILD OF GOD) and Kelli Garner (LARS AND THE REAL GIRL) Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is thrilled to release the new trailer for the Shudder Original What Josiah Saw ahead of the film’s debut on the platform next month, on Thursday, August 4. The film is the third feature from American filmmaker Vincent Grashaw (Coldwater, And Then I Go) and world premiered to high praise at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival and went on to win awards at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, Screamfest, and more. Screeners are available now on  In What Josiah Saw, after two decades, a damaged family reunites at their remote farmhouse, where they confront long-buried secrets and sins of the past. The film, which is written by Robert Alan Dilts, stars Robert Patrick (The Term


30WEST announced today that Finn Wolfhard (It, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Billy Bryk (When You Finish Saving the World) will direct Hell of a Summer, which is based on their original script. Wolfhard, Bryk, and Fred Hechinger (“The White Lotus,” The Woman in the Window) will star in the contemporary horror-comedy, with plot details being kept under wraps.  Hechinger, Aggregate Films’ Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan, and Parts and Labor’s Jay Van Hoy will produce the film, with principal photography beginning this month in Ontario, Canada. 30WEST is fully financing, executive producing the film and co-representing the worldwide rights alongside CAA Media Finance. Wolfhard said: “I am so excited to be co-directing my first feature film. I get the chance to work with an incredible cast and crew, and to work with a company like 30WEST and Aggregate is a real dream.” Wolfhard is best known for his starring roles as Mike Wheeler in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Stranger