Production and distributioncompany Harmony Gold has signed a three-year deal to become the exclusiveinternational distributor for Slamdance Media Group.

Harmony Gold will hold alltheatrical, broadcast and DVD distribution rights and will have access to aminimum of 12 new titles each year. Slamdance retains North American rights.

The first two pictures willbe offered at next month's AFM under the banner Slamdance On The Road. They aresupernatural drama Ghosts Never Sleep starring Faye Dunaway, Tony Goldwyn and Sean Young, and psychologicaldrama Noise, which stars AllySheedy and Trish Goff.

"We are very pleased to havejoined forces with Harmony Gold and, in doing so, to have found a prestigiouspartner with a vast knowledge of the international marketplace, and anunderstanding of the value of the Slamdance brand in the independent filmarena," Slamdance Media Group chairman and co-chief executive officer RobertSchwartz said in a statement.

"In a time of consolidationand down-sizing in the industry, it is imperative to develop strong, strategicalliances," Harmony Gold chairman and chief executive officer Frank Agramaadded.

"We are confident thatthrough our relationship with Slamdance we have created a cornerstone fromwhich to build a longstanding, profitable relationship for all."