Deal done with H2O Motion Pictures.

Altive Films has acquired the UK and Irish rights to Sara Sugarman’s Vinyl from H2O Motion Pictures.

An early 2013 release is planned.

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The comedy (written by Sugarman with Jim Cooper) is based on the true story of former Mike Peters, former vocalist for The Alarm, who manufactures a pop group.

UK and Ireland distribution rights to award winning director Sara Sugarman’s latest production. ‘Vinyl’ was acquired from H2O Motion Pictures. Already a festival favourite, ‘Vinyl’ is set to be released in early 2013.

The cast includes Phil Daniels, Keith Allen and Jamie Blackley.

Altive MD Craig Shurn said: “We are very excited to distribute Vinyl because it has such breakout potential, through great performances and being based on a true story. We believe it will really resonate with British and Irish audiences.”

Sugarman added: “We had a lot fun making Vinyl and audiences will have just as much fun watching it. I’m delighted that Craig and his team at Altive Films have come on board to push the film out there in the UK and Ireland.”

H2O Motion Pictures’ joint CEO Mark Horowitz, who negotiated the deal with Shurn, said: “Sara directed a really charming movie in Vinyl, which has played well at festivals we’ve presented at, and is a great crowd pleaser. We’re thrilled to have Altive Films distributing it on home territory.”

Producers are Sugarman, John H Williams and Clay Reed. and was written by Sugarman and Jim Cooper. Executive producers are Andras Hamori and Mark Horowitz with Altive’s Craig Shurn and Justin Ribbons.

Shurn, former booker for Odeon/UCI and VP of Sony Pictures International, and Justin Ribbons set up Altive Media in early 2011 — the company focuses on alternative content cinema events.