RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, and engages a distinct audience with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has picked up all U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller Stranded starring Christian Slater ( Interview with a Vampire, Bobby). Directed by Academy Award™ winner Roger Christian and produced by Minds Eye Entertainment in association with Moving Pictures Media, the film also stars Brendan Fehr ( Final Destination, X-Men: First Class), Amy Matysio ( Just Friends, Vampire Dog) and Michael Therriault ( Total Recall, “Covert Affairs”). The announcement was made at AFM by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley. “We’re very pleased to continue doing business with our friends at Minds Eye Entertainment,” commented Bromiley. “Our first project with Kevin and his team was The Tall Man which was very successful for Image. We feel just as strongly about Stranded and we know audiences will love it.” “We’re happy that Image will be our partner once again,” commented Kevin DeWalt, CEO/Producer of Minds Eye Entertainment. “We look forward to working with them on the sci-fi suspense thriller that is Stranded .” When four astronauts on board the Ark moonbase are unexpectedly struck by a series of meteor blasts, Colonel Gerard Brauchman (Slater) and his crew work to stabilize the base. After removing a stray meteor from the carbon dioxide filter, they realize the spores on the meteor have the ability to replicate cell structure, reproduce and mutate. Fascinated by the meteor’s uncanny ability to replicate, the crew believes they have just discovered a scientific phenomenon. But have they? Soon afterwards, the crew begins to realize they are not alone. The presence on board begins to target each of them, leaving those remaining to destroy it before all are killed. Stranded was produced by Kevin DeWalt, Mark Montague and Isabella Battiston. About Minds Eye Entertainment Established in 1986, Minds Eye Entertainment is one of Canada’s most prolific independent production companies, internally recognized for its commitment to distinctive film and television product and expertise in navigating international treaty co-production and financing. Recent credits include: 13Eerie (Katharine Isabelle, Brendan Fehr), The Tall Man (Jessica Biel), Faces in the Crowd (Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon), Lullaby for Pi (Forest Whitaker, Rupert Friend), and Stephen King’s Dolan’s Cadillac (Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier). For more information about Minds Eye Entertainment, please visit www.mindseyepictures.com. About RLJ Entertainment RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical. Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE controls the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billings relationships with millions of consumers.