Magazine article Screen International

Berneys Resurrect Picturehouse, Line Up Metallica Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Berneys Resurrect Picturehouse, Line Up Metallica Drama

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New York-based husband-and-wife team Bob and Jeanne Berney are back in business and have reopened Picturehouse four-and-a-half years after then parent company Warner Bros closed down the distributor.

The development adds another player to a dynamic US distribution space and the Berneys are expected to attend Sundance to scout for product. They expect to release two or three films this year including Nimrod Antal's Metallica Through The Never. The goal is to increase output to four or five in 2014 and six or seven in subsequent years.

Picturehouse has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros Pictures International for those titles where it controls international rights. It has also signed an exclusive, multi-year output deal with Netflix, whereby the latter will carry Picturehouse films exclusively in the US shortly after theatrical release.

Bob Berney recently bought the trademark and logo from Warner Bros and will serve as CEO, while Jeanne Berney becomes president.

Metallica Through The Never is scheduled to open on Aug 9 and stars members of the hard rock band and Dane DeHaan, who will play a young roadie whose world is turned upside-down during a concert. …

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