Miramax International closed most of the world on its latest package of pictures at this year's AFM with many of its usual customers and a new one - recently floated Senator Film in Germany - for Juliette Binoche/Johnny Depp-starrer Chocolat.
Miramax has also won an AFMA arbitration against Spain's Aurum Producciones for non-payment. Aurum bought a package of films from Miramax including She's All That - which to date is the only movie in the package so far released - in 1998 which hasn't yet been paid for. "We are now moving to legally enforce the collection," said Miramax chairman of worldwide distribution Rick Sands. "They have also incurred interest on the late payment and all costs and fees."
Lauren Films is Miramax's latest partner in Spain and this week bought three pictures - Chocolat, Boys And Girls with Freddie Prinze Jr and Wakin' Up In Reno with Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron.
Other AFM deals include:
Deals in Japan and Scandinavia are close to completion.