Magazine article Screen International

Linde Signs International Output Deals, Confirms Reliance Backing

Magazine article Screen International

Linde Signs International Output Deals, Confirms Reliance Backing

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David Linde has unveiled a network of international output deals with distributors including Entertainment One, Tele Munchen and Nordisk Film and confirmed that Reliance Entertainment will back his new production and financing venture.

Universal Pictures, of which Linde was previously co-chairman, will have first option to co-finance projects from the new company and to distribute them in the US and "other significant international territories," according to a statement from Linde.

Films not distributed in the US by Universal will be produced and distributed by Linde with other studios. Reliance will distribute the films in India.

"Our company is designed in response to a changing world," said Linde of his new, as yet unnamed venture. "We have the opportunity to tap into the global industry's desire for films while at the same time build a business that offers opportunities to our creative partners by harnessing both traditional means of distribution as well as new technologies, platforms and markets. Reliance has already proven itself a great partner and we look forward to working with them as we enter this new world."

Linde also named Tory Metzger, formerly president of MRC film group, as the new company's president of production, and Adam Rymer, most recently SVP of digital platforms at Universal Pictures, as COO. …

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