Winchester Entertainment said Tuesday it has struck a seven-year video distribution deal with Universal Pictures' UK arm.

Winchester, which launched its UK theatrical distribution operation this year with Lantana, receives an advance from Universal as well as ongoing royalties.

The studio is expected to start releasing Winchester titles on video and DVD in the first quarter next year.

Winchester has also struck a theatrical distribution agreement with Universal Studios, whereby Winchester will theatrically release selected Universal films in the UK. Universal will provide print and advertising expenditure.