MGM Worldwide Distribution and Acquisitions is relaunching American International Pictures (AIP) to handle limited and digital releases, kicking off with the North American release of Tate Taylor’s Breaking News In Yuba County.
The relaunched division will distribute the comedy theatrically on January 29, 2021, via MGM’s joint venture United Artists Releasing, followed by digital roll-out on a date to be announced.
MGM, which acquired Yuba County from AGC Studios, will oversee all downstream media on AIP releases.
AIP was founded in the 1950s and became famous for its slate of Roger Corman films. The production and distribution entity was later acquired by MGM-owned Orion Pictures.
AGC Studios financed Yuba County in association with Ingenious Media and Fibonacci Films.
Allison Janney stars in the ensemble piece as a pencil pusher who tries to keep secret the death of her husband, who suffered a fatal heart attack when she discovered him in bed with another woman.
Mila Kunis plays Janney’s half-sister and hard-charging local news anchor, and Regina Hall plays a detective. The cast includes Awkwafina, Wanda Sykes, Matthew Modine, Ellen Barkin, Samira Wiley, Bridget Everett, Clifton Collins, Jr., Jimmi Simpson and Juliette Lewis also star.
Amanda Idoko wrote the screenplay to Yuba County, and producers are AGC Studios, Taylor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker via their Nine Stories banner, Franklin Leonard’s The Black List, and John Norris.
Executive producers are AGC Studios chairman and CEO Stuart Ford, AGC COO Miguel Palos, Jr., Nine Stories’ Annie Marter, Greg Shapiro, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Amit Pandya, Stephen Spence, Robin Mulcahy Fisichella, Janney, and Idoko.
The deal was brokered on behalf of MGM by Sam Wollman, EVP of worldwide acquisitions & film sales, and AGC’s Ford and VP of business and legal affairs Anant Tamirisa.