Graham King has diverted his film-making priorities away from Warner Bros to Sony after signing a three-year, multi-film output deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.
Under the deal, King’s GK Films will independently develop, finance and produce a minimum of two films a year that will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
King will continue to develop previously arranged films with the Warner Bros under his first-look deal with that studio as he transitions to Sony. King launched GK Films in May 2007 with business partner Tim Headington.
“Working with Warners has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience and I cherish the support and collaboration of the whole team,” King said. “But the deal with Sony Pictures gives us guaranteed distribution for our films and the opportunity to work with a successful and respected studio that handles every type of motion picture equally well.”
“We have long admired Graham’s consistent taste in commercial and critically acclaimed material,” Peter Schlessel, Sony’s president of worldwide affairs, said. “As a producer, he attracts high-profile talent to top-quality and audience-pleasing projects and we couldn’t be more excited to enter into this relationship.”
“Graham delivers the kinds of films that excite audiences throughout the world and his projects will be a fantastic addition to our slate across all of our distribution platforms,” Sony’s chairman of worldwide distribution and marketing Jeff Blake said.
GK Films COO Bahman Naraghi brokered the deal with Schlessel. GK Films’ Julie Roach and Sony Pictures’ David Steinberg were instrumental in closing the transaction.