Lightning Media has acquired US rights to four new titles that the company plans to release theatrically in late 2009 and early 2010.

The Santa Monica-based distribution company has acquired drama Life Is Hot In Cracktown acquired from William Morris Independent, horror spoof Diagnosis Death from producer Jason Stutter, comedy The Break-up Artist from Arsenal Pictures, and horror-thriller Clive Barker’s Book Of Blood from Essential Entertainment.

Paul Gardner, the co-president of Lightning Media, a division of Lightning Entertainment Group, said: “Adding four new commercial films to our slate puts the company in a strong position for the next six quarters. It’s obvious that we are striving to assemble a diverse slate that hits broad audiences. With these titles, we think we have acomplished that.”

Gardner launched Lightning Media in May 2008 with co-president Rich Goldberg. Recent releases include Sundance drama The Guitar, crime thriller Columbus Day, and Finnish box office hit Christmas