Magazine article Screen International

TLA's Curl Buys Optimale

Magazine article Screen International

TLA's Curl Buys Optimale

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Derek Curl, majority owner of US and UK distributor TLA Releasing, has acquired French distributor Optimale.

Derek Curl, majority owner of US and UK gay, lesbian and international film distributor TLA Releasing, has acquired French distributor Optimale.

The deal, which includes Optimale's online retail site and catalogue of over 300 films and TV series, was finalised at this week's Berlin festival.

Ten-year-old Optimale is a leading supplier of gay and lesbian cinema to VOD providers and festivals throughout French-speaking Europe. It also distributes TV series, lesbian and gay programming and art house films from outside companies on DVD. Thierry Willems, co-owner and director of Optimale, will remain with the company as operations advisor.

TLA was formed in the US in 2001. Its recent acquisitions for both the US and the UK, where the company was launched in 2005, include Icelandic teen drama Jitters and German drama Harvest, Siegessaule Audience Award winner at last year's Berlin festival. …

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