Ace Entertainment Films Begins AFM Sales on Mischa Barton Mystery ‘Invitation To A Murder’ (Exclusive) | New
Los Angeles-based Ace Entertainment Films Launches AFM Sales on Mischa Barton Crime Mystery Invitation to murder, one of four titles on the company’s in-house production sales list.
Meanwhile, French parent company Ace Entertainment has acquired the French distribution rights from Culmination Productions for Anand Tucker’s upcoming period thriller Colin Firth and Gemma Arterton. Kill the light (Previously Curtain Call).
Stephen Shimek’s Invitation to murder follows a visiting aspiring detective to the island estate of a reclusive billionaire where one of the guests is found dead. It is currently in production and will open in the United States through Grindstone Entertainment.
The project marks an expansion for the company beyond its initial pipeline of family features budgeted at less than $ 10 million. Ace went into production in 2018 and says he produced 12 films in three years.
Ace Entertainment Movies president of global distribution Marielle Zuccarelli chairs the AFM sales list which includes upcoming titles Ghost, Tom Sawyer’s Quest for Gold and Keepers of time.
“The family genre works great across all platforms, from pay TV to free TV, including theatrical releases in many territories,” said Zuccarelli, former executive at GRB Entertainment, Sonar Entertainment and A + E Networks. who joined Ace in 2019.
The subsidiary’s first sales market was AFM 2019 before the pandemic ravaged the industry, but Zuccarelli noted the company was able to leverage its inventory and pivot. “All of the windowing opportunities not only allow greater revenue potential for films, but have also allowed us to continue to close deals during the Covid shutdown. We now have exit agreements or packages in place in many territories which are the key to our growth strategy. “
Recent acquisition by parent company Ace Entertainment of distribution titles for France includes Potsy Ponciroli premiere in Venice old henri with Stephen Dorff; Tim Sutton’s western The last son with Heather Graham and Sam Worthington; Pascual Sisto’s Cannes 2021 label and Sundance 2021 thriller John and the hole; and the award-winning public thriller Tribeca by Josef Kubota Wladyka Catch the beautiful.
As part of a previously announced release deal, Ace will distribute Saban Films titles in France, including Bruce Willis’ thriller Soul Assassin (formerly known as Die like lovers). Partners Jérôme Reygner-Kalfon and Sébastien Semon founded Ace Entertainment in 2004.