Los Angeles-based producers reps Strategic Film Partners are taking meetings on the Croisette to outline their newly expanded remit as foreign sales agents and domestic distributors.

The company, headed by Lawrence Silverstein and Alex Barder, is selling the Jeremy Irons horror-thriller Conversation With A Monster, a surfing documentary, and new project starring Breckin Meyer.

There roster continues with Donal MacIntyre's much admired Sundance entry A Very British Gangster, which has sold to Contender in the UK and Bac Films in France, and Spanish supernatural thriller Intrusos.

'We're extending what we do as producers reps, so we're going to become content distributors on a global scale,' Silverstein said.

A Very British Gangster, which profiles Manchester crime lord Dominic Noonan, has been earmarked as the inaugural release on North American distributor Strategic Films Releasing's slate.

The venture will handle three theatrical and six-10 DVD releases each year and the partners will allocate up to $5m to each theatrical release from a freshly minted P&A fund. On the DVD front, Strategic has just signed a two-year output deal with Echo Bridge.

'There's definitely a middle ground,' Barder said. 'You have studio tentpoles and arthouse releases and there's no space for the commercial $5-20m range. We want to help the film-makers extend their vision and support the films that fall in the middle.'

Barder has held a variety of executive positions at Universal Pictures-based Lobell/Bergman Productions, 20th Century Fox, and The Gersh Agency, Merrill Lynch and MTV Networks.

Silverstein has worked at Fusion International Sales, American World Pictures, Mainline Releasing and Magic Hour Pictures.