Magazine article Screen International

Barlow Launches US Distribution Outfit

Magazine article Screen International

Barlow Launches US Distribution Outfit

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Former China Lion executive Milt Barlow has launched a North American distribution outfit, Asia Releasing, which will release Chinese production One Mile Above (Kora) on June 7.

In addition to Chinese titles, the new company plans to release films from other Asian territories, such as Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong, in the US and Canada.

Barlow explained that the company will target Asian-American audiences for these films, with Western audiences as a secondary market, and as far as possible open films day-and-date with their Asian release, especially mainstream titles.

"We're looking at genre, arthouse and mainstream titles, along with films from first-time directors," Barlow told Screendaily.

"We can offer producers and sales agents a theatrical platform in North America which can help trigger film sales in other territories. It's early days but we've had a very positive reaction from producers across Asia in a short space of time. We aim to release around five to seven titles in the first year. …

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