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  • SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS ACQUIRES MULTIPLE TERRITORIES ON JACK BLACK & MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM COMEDY BAILOUT
  • Culver City, CA (November 02, 2011) - Ealing Metro has struck a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) on Michael Winterbottom's (Trishna, The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) eagerly anticipated comedy BAILOUT starring Jack Black (School of Rock). The deal includes North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia and was negotiated by Will Machin for Ealing Metro along with Tana Evans, Vice President Acquisitions & Distribution, and Michael Helfand, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for SPWA.

    Helmed by Winterbottom and based on Jess Walter's acclaimed novel The Financial Lives of the Poets, BAILOUT is produced by Michael Besman (About Schmidt), Melissa Parmenter (Trishna) Jack Black and Pryanka Mattoo. It is a Revolution Films/Ballyhoo, Inc./Electric Dynamite Production and is slated to start shooting January, 2012, in the US. The Ealing Metro team expects to announce additional U.S. comedy stars for key roles in the near future.

    Matt Prior (Jack Black) wakes up to find himself jobless, in serious debt, convinced his wife is having an affair and six days away from losing his home. BAILOUT is a heartfelt comedy about a down on his luck guy who will go to hysterical measures in order to take his life back.

    Commenting on the deal, Will Machin, Head of Ealing Metro said: "We're delighted to partner with Sony on this film. They share our enthusiasm for the project and our excitement at the pairing of Michael and Jack in this smart commercial comedy."

    SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS
    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

    EALING METRO INTERNATIONAL

    Ealing Metro is a leading UK-based independent sales agent focused on delivering quality, commercial films to the global market ranging from star-driven US independent productions to intelligent British and European movies and genre product targeted at core theatrical audiences.

    Its joint ownership by the most prestigious and oldest film studio in the UK, Ealing Studios, and leading film financier, Prescience, uniquely positions Ealing Metro as an international sales and distribution company that can deliver an integrated solution for film makers.

    Through Prescience and its Aegis Film Fund, Ealing Metro will work with independent producers to help develop and finance product so that, along with Ealing Studios' own productions, it can market and sell a unique and growing slate in the international marketplace.

    For further information contact:

    Staci Griesbach
    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
    Staci_Griesbach@spe.sony.com
    Ph. +1 (310) 244-6903

    JoJo Dye – Press and Marketing Director
    jojo.dye@ealingstudios.com
    Ph. +44 7768 986115 or in LA +1 310 591 9944