Sierra/Affinity has formalised a relationship with the Focus Features fold that was hinted at during the AFM and will represent international rights to select titles going forward.
The alliance will complement the activities of Universal Pictures International outside North America and marks another milestone for the ambitious Sierra/Affinity in the wake of Marc Butan’s arrival.
Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer will continue to service existing licensing deals on Kevin Macdonald’s Jude Law submarine thriller Black Sea and Kill The Messenger starring Jeremy Renner (pictured), two hot titles that the now defunct Focus Features International (FFI) introduced in Berlin 2013.
“Nick and Marc [Schaberg, Sierra/Affinity co-president and COO] and the outstanding team at Sierra/Affinity have the sales strength, global expertise and creative savvy that make them a perfect partner for Focus Features as we progress into a new era,” said Focus COO Adrian Alperovich.
“Nick and Marc and the outstanding team at Sierra/Affinity have the sales strength, global expertise and creative savvy that make them a perfect partner for Focus Features as we progress into a new era,” said Adrian Alperovich. “We’re extremely pleased to be in business with them moving forward.”
“We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Peter, Adrian and the entire Focus team,” said Meyer and Schaberg.
“The Focus Features brand is powerful around the globe and we look forward to supporting the new leadership’s activities in the international marketplace.”
At the AFM last November, Sierra/Affinity took over sales from FFI on the Mike Flanagan genre duo Oculus and Somnia. In January Panorama co-founder Marc Butan arrived as co-president and will beef up the production pipeline.