Sony Pictures and Legendary Entertainment ink distribution deal

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Stephanie Prange

Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and Legendary Entertainment November 28 announced a new multi-year worldwide film distribution partnership under which Sony Pictures will market and distribute Legendary’s upcoming new film titles.

Sony Pictures will also handle home entertainment and TV distribution for the titles it releases. Legendary retains the option to produce and distribute feature-length content for the wide range of streaming platforms in existence both today and in future incarnations.

Sony Pictures and Legendary are aligned in their continued commitment to theatrical distribution as an engine for other “downstream” windows and the long-term value of the theatrical window for films, according to a press release.

As part of the pact, Sony Pictures will market and distribute new Legendary theatrical releases worldwide, except in China, where Legendary East will handle all marketing and distribution activities.

Legendary will continue to stay in business with Warner Bros. Pictures on certain existing titles, including future ones Dune: Part Twocurrently in production and scheduled for release on November 3, 2023.

“This is a rare opportunity to collaborate in this mutually beneficial way with true professionals who are completely aligned in our commitment and theatrical vision for this business,” said Josh Greenstein and Sanford Panitch, presidents of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, in a statement. “The creative brilliance and power of Legendary is tremendous, and we look forward to bringing their work to theaters around the world.”

“As we continue to grow our content offerings, we are excited to build on this relationship with Tony, Tom, Sanford, Josh and the rest of the exceptional Sony team,” Legendary CEO Joshua Grode said in a statement. “Sony’s commitment to theatrical distribution aligns with our vision of how to get the best value for Legendary films. The incredible lineup of films that Mary Parent has assembled are made for the theatrical experience, and we’re excited about our partnership with Sony for the next phase of Legendary’s growth.”

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“Legendary is, well, legendary, and we’re thrilled and fortunate to add Josh and Mary’s strong roster to our continued commitment to big movies on the big screen,” said Tom Rothman, president and CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, in -a declaration. .

“We are also grateful to Warner Bros. Pictures, which has been a valuable partner to Legendary for many years, and we look forward to continuing our work with the talented executives at Warner/Discovery,” said Grode.

Legendary Film Group’s previous releases for both theater and streaming include the Academy Award-winning adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestseller. Dune, godzilla vs. Kong, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2.

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