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Sony Pictures Entertainment And Cross Creek Pictures Ink New Co-Financing, Production, And Distribution Agreement
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 9, 2015 - Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia Pictures has entered into a three-year, multifaceted co-financing, production, and distribution deal with Cross Creek Pictures. One of the most proven content companies in the industry, Cross Creek will now bring their award-winning slate of high-profile, commercial films to a new home at Sony Pictures' motion picture group. The announcement was made by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, and by Cross Creek's Timmy Thompson and Brian Oliver.
Cross Creek is the company behind such films as Black Mass, Everest, Rush, The Ides of March, and Black Swan, the last of which was made with Rothman at 20th Century Fox. Cross Creek is one of the few successful independent entities that both develop and finance their own films. The deal with Sony Pictures is a broad-ranging, multi-platform arrangement, where in addition to distributing Cross Creek pictures on a worldwide basis, Sony Pictures and Cross Creek will have the opportunity to co-finance certain films, originating in either pipeline.
Commenting on the announcement, Rothman said, "Sony Pictures already has an excellent working relationship with Cross Creek, and we are jazzed about the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. We feel fortunate that Timmy and Brian were open to expanding their relationship with us. They have incredible taste and proven success with smart, commercial movies that serve worldwide audiences, and we know that their films will be a terrific addition to our slate."
Cross Creek's President Brian Oliver added, "Tom is doing great things at Sony Pictures, remaking the slate with an eye toward global audiences. We've had a terrific relationship with him so far, and we know that the studio's marketing and distribution team is the best in the business. We're grateful for this opportunity and confident that Sony Pictures will be a terrific new home for our projects."
About Cross Creek Pictures:
Cross Creek Pictures was founded by Timmy Thompson, Tyler Thompson and Brian Oliver as an independent film production and finance company with a mandate of developing and strengthening the collaborative relationship between filmmakers and financiers. Cross Creek's first production was Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award®-winning BLACK SWAN and in less than five years Cross Creek has released eight motion pictures with world-wide grosses totalling more than one billion dollars.
Cross Creek is in post-production on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES starring Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote which will be released by Screen Gems on February 19th, 2016, and Doug Liman's MENA starring Tom Cruise, to be released by Universal in January of 2017. Currently filming in Australia is Cross Creek's production of Mel Gibson's WWII motion picture HACKSAW RIDGE starring Andrew Garfield.
Now in release from Cross Creek is EVEREST starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal and BLACK MASS, the story of notorious Boston mob figure Whitey Bulger played by Johnny Depp and directed by Scott Cooper. Cross Creek opens LEGEND, starring BIFA nominee Tom Hardy, this Thanksgiving after its record-breaking run in the UK.
Cross Creek also produced and financed Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Drama nominees RUSH, Ron Howard's story of British Formula One driver James Hunt which starred Chris Hemsworth, and THE IDES OF MARCH starring and directed by George Clooney, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation with Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov. Cross Creek also produced and financed Liam Neeson starrer A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, written and directed by Scott Frank, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK starring Daniel Radcliffe.
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