Indomina Media International and Pantelion Films have teamed up for the second time after 2012’s Filly Brown to co-finance and distribute internationally a group of predominantly Spanish-language films.
The multi-title deal provides for the Dominican-based production branch of Indomina Media International to finance up to four films a year with wide commercial appeal and guaranteed international distribution.
Pantelion, which just launched an international sales division, will acquire worldwide distribution rights to all the films. Pantelion will distribute in the US and Videocine, Televisa’s film arm, will handle Mexico. Pantelion is the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa.
Financing comes through Indomina’s new fund designed to develop and produce Dominican films targeted at international audiences. The fund’s advisory board includes Dominican director-producer Juan Basanta and WME Global’s Alexis Garcia.
The first of two projects already in production is Cómplices, about a philanderer who takes his heartbroken nephew with him on a sexy beach vacation.
The second is the remake of Dominican rom-com Quién Manda? about a womaniser who meets his match. Zoe and Cicely Saldaña produce through their Cinestar Productions and Marco Films.
Indomina and Pantelion are also planning to develop a Spanish-language remake of Lionsgate comedy Employee Of The Month.
All films will be produced entirely in the Dominican Republic and take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities at Pinewood Dominican Republic, an Indomina Group company managed and marketed by Pinewood Studios Group.
“This agreement builds on our existing partnership with Pantelion and provides Indomina with robust, global clout in the Spanish language content segment,” said Indomina CEO Antonio Gennari. “We view this development as bold evidence that Indomina is truly expanding its global audience reach.”
“The success of Pantelion is dependent on great movies that resonate not only with Hispanic moviegoers but have potential appeal for broader audiences,” said Pantelion CEO Paul Presburger.
“With the success of Instructions Not Included we are seeing a demand for more high-concept Spanish-language films that will work not only in the US and Mexico, but the rest of the Latin world as well. This new agreement continues our successful working relationship with Indomina and capitalises on their production resources and expertise.”
Stacey Stanley, vp of Indomina Media International, and Pantelion producer Sandra Condito will oversee development and production on the films.