EXCLUSIVE: Tugg, Al-Jazeera, Netflix and Virgil Films to share rights.
Sarah McCarthy’s adoption documentary The Dark Matter of Love, which played at Toronto 2013, has landed several US deals.
Tugg have picked up theatrical & non-theatrical rights, Al-Jazeera have TV broadcast rights, with a Netflix premiere to follow, and Virgil Films have taken all other ancillary rights.
McCarthy said: “After our TIFF premiere we had offers from traditional, all-rights distributors but the terms were so one-sided we decided to take the time to split the rights into multiple deals and find the right partners, offering the best deals. Kevin Iwashina & his team at Preferred have done a brilliant job of implementing our bespoke distribution strategy for Dark Matter.”
McCarthy also retains non-exclusive non-theatrical, digital download, DVD & educational rights via the film’s website.
The story follows some of the last Russian children adopted by US parents before Putin’s ban.
“We are extremely pleased that we’ve found so many great partners to bring this incredibly moving film to audiences in the US,” said Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner of Preferred Content who brokered the deals on McCarthy’s behalf.
McCarthy is already at work on another Russia-themed project, Putin’s Number One Enemy, a political thriller about billionaire Bill Browder, who campaigned to have the only legal & economic sanction against Putin’s Russia – The Magnitsky Act. She presents the project at the 2014 Hot Docs Forum.