Deals: Ego Film Arts, Bell Media, Sinking Ship, OUTtv

Kino Lorber grabs the U.S. rights to Atom Egoyan's Guest of Honour, Sinking Ship's Dino Dana movie heads to Japan via a newly inked sub-distribution deal, plus more.

Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has picked up the U.S. rights to Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour. Egoyan wrote, directed and produced the film with The Film Farm founder Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss on board as producers. Egoyan produced under his banner Ego Film Arts. Guest of Honour made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year, with additional bows in Toronto and Vancouver. It stars David Thewlis as a health inspector who tries to prove his daughter’s innocence after she’s accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.

Kino Lorber launched the film’s U.S. premiere at Canada Now 2020 on Feb. 13 at the IFC Center, with a theatrical release planned for later this year. The deal was negotiated by Wendy Lidell, SVP at Kino Lorber and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert partner, sales and business development exec at Playtime, which handles international sales for the film.

Bell Media

Hulu original comedy High Fidelity is coming to STARZ in Canada in a licensing agreement with Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, which handles Disney’s streaming portfolio. All 10 episodes of the series, produced by ABC Signature Studios, will be available on the STARZ streaming platform, an add-on to Bell Media’s Crave, as well as STARZ On Demand, beginning today (Feb. 21). It will also air on the STARZ TV linear channel beginning with the first two episodes on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. and running two episodes weekly the following Sundays. High Fidelity stars Zoë Kravitz in a gender-swapped telling of the 1995 Nick Horny novel where a record store owner, played by Kravitz, revisits old relationships while trying to get over “the one.”


DocuBay, the VOD streamer from Mumbai-headquartered IN10 Media Network, has acquired LGBTQ+-focused documentaries from Canadian net OUTtv. The films are featured in DocuBay’s new category, PrideBay, dedicated to films chronicling LGBTQ+ experiences. Titles include: 19 and Homeless, about the lives of former foster kids as they face “overwhelming odds and tragic personal struggles”; Why Go Through That?, which shares the personal stories of six transgender individuals; Made With Pride, tracing the journey of a gay couple who decide to build a family through surrogacy; and Safe Country, which follows the stories of three queer refugees in Vancouver. The licensed titles and new PrideBay category are now available for global streaming on DocuBay, along with the recently-launched CrimeBay, PoliticsBay, NatureBay, TravelBay, AdventureBay and ScienceBay.

Sinking Ship

Sinking Ship Entertainment has inked a sub-distribution partnership with D&D Pictures for Dino Dana The Movie (25 minutes and 45 minutes). Through the deal, D&D, which specializes in licensing films to planetariums and large-format theatres in Japan, will distribute the project to the Japanese museum and science centre market. The project follows Dana, a 10-year-old paleontologist-in-training, as she imagines dinosaurs into the real world. The international museum licensing window opens in June 2020.

With files from Realscreen