Financially troubled US independent producer/distributor The Shooting Gallery will not release any films through its pioneering film series until 2002. The company has confirmed that the fall series which would release six new titles into 17 major US markets through its partnership with exhibitor Loews Cineplex Entertainment and sponsorship partners has been cancelled. The company hopes to resurrect the series in spring 2002.

Shooting Gallery parent company Itemus last week announced that the financial situation of Shooting Gallery "has deteriorated substantially, primarily as a result of deferrals of expected revenue-generating contracts and additional delays in the disposition of certain assets."

The Shooting Gallery Film Series, spearheaded by distribution chief Eammonn Bowles, began in spring 2000 with a slate of releases including Judy Berlin and the extraordinarily succcessful Croupier. Since then, the series has brought into the US specialised releases such as Last Resort and When Brendan Met Trudy from the UK, A Time For Drunken Horses and The Day I Became A Woman from Iran and Eureka from Japan.