Alliance also made official its output arrangements with Relativity Media, Grosvenor Park and Freestyle Releasing. The company expects the new deals to cement its position among the top distributors in Canada. No one from Alliance was immediately available to comment on the change of heart at New Line's parent company, Time Warner. In February, Time Warner announced its intention to bring New Line's international distribution activities into the orbit of Warner Bros.
The Relativity deal will bring two high-profile titles, Jim Sheridan's Brothers starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Sam Shepard, and David Twohy's A Perfect Getaway, with Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant and Steve Zahn.
Grosvenor Park supplied the just-released title Disaster Movie and recently financed Ed Zwick's upcoming Defiance starring Daniel Craig, while Freestyle provided the wine business comedy Bottle Shock. Freestyle's upcoming slate includes The Haunting Of Molly Hartley from director Mickey Liddell with Chace Crawford and Shannon Marie Woodward and Marc Adler's animated feature Delgo voiced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddy Prinze Jr. and Val Kilmer.
Alliance currently has output arrangements with Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, and Remstar. Today's wide-ranging announcement included the appointment of Alison Cornwell as chief financial officer. A former executive at Walt Disney TV International and Sparrowhawk Media Group, she will be based in London. Patrick Roy was recently promoted to CEO of Alliance Vivafilm, the distributor's Quebec arm.
Other pictures in the New Line slate include:
Ed Harris' Appaloosa, with Harris starring alongside Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons.
Gavin O'Conner's TIFF special presentation Pride and Glory with Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.
Seth Gordon's Four Christmases, with Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen and Jon Favreau.
Iain Softley's Inkheart with Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis.
Ken Kwapis' He's Just Not That Into You, starring Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Affleck, Justin Long and Jennifer Connelly.
Mark Waters' The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, featuring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.