WWE® Studios (NYSE:WWE) and Anchor Bay Films today announced a partnership to co-distribute the provocative action thriller,
WWE Studios secured the U.S. distribution rights to the film immediately after the film's initial audience screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
was one of the most buzzed-about films at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section. The film stars a stunning cast that includes Shawn Ashmore (The
trilogy), Dominic Monaghan (“Lost” and
The Lord of the Rings
), Shannyn Sossamon (
A Knight’s Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights)
and Ashley Bell (
The Last Exorcism
“With the incredible audience reaction it saw at Toronto, we knew that
would be a great addition to our brand,” said WWE Studios President, Michael Luisi. “By combining the marketing power of our television, digital/social media and print assets with Anchor Bay’s tremendous distribution capabilities and successful track record, we look forward to bringing this film to a broad audience.”
“We are extremely excited that we are partnering with WWE Studios in this venture,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “The film’s production team has created a truly fresh story and brought in top young talent to bring it to life. Audiences will be thrilled, thoroughly entertained and will be left hungry for more.”
About WWE Studios
WWE Studios continues to strategically diversify its slate of films, which include theatrical releases and direct-to-home premieres, under the guidance of President Michael Luisi. Upcoming films for WWE Studios includes:
No One Lives
starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay which was co-produced with Pathé Films; and
starring Eric McCormack.
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About Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay Films is unique in that it offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the U.S. Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and is on the ground providing quality distribution with operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, as well as distribution capabilities in other key territories. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. Upcoming releases include
starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce on March 18
starring Brian Presley on April 13
. Films in its library include the critically-acclaimed comedy
starring Andy Garcia and
starring Michael Douglas as well as the 2011 releases of
Kill the Irishman
starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, Toronto Film Festival award-winner
with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen and Cannes 2011 premiere
. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of Starz Media, LLC (
which is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.
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