Small Town Crime

Saban Films has partnered with Toronto-based Mongrel Media to release its 2018 North American films in Canada.

The slate includes Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana; Alexandros Avranas’ True Crimes with Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms’ Small Town Crime (pictured) starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer.

Saban Films has distributed 30 films in the US since launching in May 2014, and is scheduled to release a further 22 through 2018. Upcoming films include Ethan Hawke action thriller 24 Hours To Live and Hangman starring Al Pacino.

“We have developed a close partnership with Mongrel over the past couple years, having released 14 films with Andrew Frank and the rest of the team, and delivering strong numbers across the board,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration and working together for our 2018 slate.”

Mongrel vice-president of sales and acquisitions Andrew Frank said: “Mongrel began its partnership with Saban with their first release, The Homesman. Bill, Ness [Saban], and Jonathan [Saba] have a keen eye for genre and an astute awareness of consumer tastes. We look forward to continuing our already successful partnership with this new output deal.”

Bromiley and Saba negotiated the deal with Frank.