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Cargo, Jump Street solidify Australian ties

EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment and Australia’s Jump Street Films have signed a multi-year output deal and formed a financing, production, distribution and sales company to develop original Australian content.

Cargo’s head of acquisitions and co-productions Krysanne Katsoolis will oversee the joint venture with Jump Street’s  Jamie Bialkower.

The first title on the runway for the output deal is The Angriest Man In Brooklyn starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis. Phil Alden Robinson’s comedy shot recently in New York and is currently in post ahead of a late 2013 release.

The pipeline includes action title In The Blood with Gina Carano, Protozoa Pictures’ Zipper with Ben Kingsley, Patrick Wilson, Hemingway And Fuentes starring Anthony Hopkins, Andy Garcia and Annette Bening, and the Sharon Stone thriller Attachment.

“We are thrilled to have a key partnership with Jump Street in Australia”, said Cargo CEO Marina Grasic. “Jump Street is emerging as a major distribution player in Australia who has the exhibitor relationships we need to ensure our films are well handled in the Australian market”.

“Cargo has an amazing line-up of quality independent projects with significant commercial potential,” said Jump Street CEO Jamie Bialkower. “We are impressed with their ability to curate such a diverse and yet dynamic slate and their line-up is world class. We have absolute confidence that they have the experience to deliver consistently good films over the next few years and we are proud to be handling their output.”

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