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By Sara Alessi, WorldScreen.com
Published: November 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES: The Sprocket Vault has acquired home video and VOD distribution rights in North America for the historical miniseries Mussolini: The Untold Story from BoPaul Media Worldwide.
The Arizona-based distribution company recently formed by Kit Parker, the president of Kit Parker Films, plans to roll out the miniseries in late January 2017. Mussolini: The Untold Story originally aired on NBC in November 1985 and stars George C. Scott and Robert Downey, Jr. The Sprocket Vault is re-mastering the seven-hour series in HD, and it will be available on DVD exclusively through Amazon.
BoPaul Media Worldwide was selected as the international distributor by the estate of late TV producer Raymond Katz for all media. The miniseries is a Katz/Gallin production in association with Bernard Sofronski. It is based on a story written by one of Benito Mussolini’s sons, and the script was penned by Sterling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night). It has not been seen on foreign television for the past three decades.
Herman Rush, representative of the Katz Estate and former CEO of the Columbia Pictures Television Group, said, “The Katz family eagerly anticipates a renewed North American and international audience interest in one of Raymond Katz’s finest contributions to television.”
By Sara Alessi, WorldScreen.com
Published: July 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has secured sales in North America, Japan and Germany for several classics, including the 1979 film Scavenger Hunt.
New York-based video distributor Kino-Lorber licensed all rights in North America for Scavenger Hunt, a comedy featuring Roddy McDowall. Medallion Film, meanwhile, picked up all rights in Japan for the retro monster films Gorgo and Kiss of the Tarantula.
In addition, TeamOne Entertainment acquired pay-TV rights in Germany and German-speaking Europe for a package of films that includes The Stuntmanwith Peter O’Toole, My Bodyguard with Matt Dillon and When A Stranger Calls.
By Sara Alessi, WorldScreen.com
Published: May 18, 2016
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has inked deals in Germany and Japan for a selection of titles from VCI Entertainment, including Dalton Trumbo’s The Brave One.
BoPaul Media Worldwide acquired U.S. video producer/distributor VCI Entertainment’s entire 600-hour catalogue last year, and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation in Japan picked up all rights for The Brave One, from blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The 100-minute film has been scanned from the original negative to HD. Tohokushinsha Film Corporation will premiere a digitally remastered version of The Brave One on its movie channels in time for the theatrical release in Japan of the feature film Trumbo, about the titular writer.
Additionally, BMW licensed all rights for Bruce Lee’s Deadly Fingers, The Aftermathand The Giant Spider Invasion to DigiDreams Studios in Germany. DigiDreams will scan the titles to 2K and dub them into German.
Published: January 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has acquired foreign rights in all media for several recent and vintage Christian TV series and films, which it will introduce at NATPE Miami next week.
BoPaul Media Worldwide has picked up the titles from VCI Entertainment. The TV shows included in the deal are The Bible: Acts of the Apostles, The Old Testament,Jesus the Christ and the animated series Children’s Heroes of the Bible on both the Old and New Testaments, for a total of 49 episodes.
In addition, BMW will introduce four Christian films from VCI Entertainment to NATPE buyers, including the 2013 theatrical feature Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe. BMW also licensed The Power of the Resurrection, which tells the story of Christ’s last days through the eyes of Simon Peter; the 2014 documentary feature Where Was God, about the tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013; and The Road to Lourdes, starring Loretta Young and Claude Akins.
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has added the film The Brave One, from blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, to its catalogue.
BoPaul Media acquired the distribution rights to the feature from VCI Entertainment and has already begun a promotional campaign to license The Brave One worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Canada, in all media. The film has been up-converted from the original negative to HD, and will be released on Blu-ray from VCI in North America in 2016.
The Brave One is based on a true story and stars Michael Ray as a boy who befriends a bull he saves during a storm in Mexico. Trumbo received an Oscar for his work on the film under the pseudonym Robert Rich in 1956. He was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has acquired the global distribution rights, excluding North America, for VCI Entertainment’s catalogue of vintage and new indie films, which will be showcased at next week’s MIPCOM.
There are 600 titles, including Murder Rap, starring John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone); Rhineland, which takes place at the end of World War II in Europe; and Thor at the Bus Stop and 2 Little Monsters, both of which come from David Schmoeller. Among the older movies are The Brave One, from Oscar-winning writer Dalton Trumbo; Quackser Fortune, led by Gene Wilder and Margot Kidder; and First Love, starring and directed by Maximilian Schell.
The VCI library also comprises such vintage TV series as The New Loretta Young Show, Cisco Kid, Captain Midnight, The Phantom and King of the Royal Mounted Police. There are more than 400 episodes of these shows.
Published: September 25, 2015
CANNES: One priority for BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) at MIPCOM is to launch resales forMussolini: The Untold Story.
The seven-hour miniseries starring George C. Scott first ran on NBC in 1985. The company is also representing the TV movie The Miracle Worker, originally released in 1979. “Our buyers have always been attuned to acquiring the very best in vintage films from us over the years,” says Paul Rich, the CEO and owner of BoPaul Media Worldwide. “With the latest acquisition of projects like Mussolini and The Miracle Worker, we are continuing that momentum and filling that need.” Many classic titles in the catalogue have been up-converted to HD. BoPaul Media is also showcasing a brand-new game/talent show called The Big Big Show, starring Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Green and Tara Reid.
In addition, Rich notes, “We seek to further expand our search for unique vintage film packages, especially ones that have been out of circulation in recent years.”
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has clinched two territory sales in Asia for the exotic travel series Bikini Destinations.
The 55×30-minute series from Bennett Productions was licensed to Fox Life in India, a Fox International channel covering South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Seychelles and Myanmar. Additionally, Metropolis Television picked up the mobile and internet rights for the series in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Bikini Destinations is a weekly reality series that follows five women as they travel the globe seeking out new cultures, adventures and nightlife. Episodes of the show’s fifth season have been distributed in more than 125 countries.
by Joel Marino, Worldscreen.com
Published: July 16, 2015
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has been named international distributor of the 1985 NBC miniseries Mussolini: The Untold Story, which stars Oscar winner George C. Scott in the title role.
The estate of the late television producer Raymond Katz handed off the rights to the seven-hour series, which has not been seen on foreign television in the past two decades. The miniseries was a Katz/Gallin production in association with Bernard Sofronski.
Based on a story written by Benito Mussolini’s son, the miniseries chronicled the Italian dictator’s rise to power, as well as his personal and family life. Virginia Madsen and Robert Downey Jr. also starred.
By Kristin Brzoznowski, Worldscreen.com
Published: March 30, 2015
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has placed a trio of action movies with Arrow Films in the U.K., while another three films were sold to RTL Nitro in Germany.
Arrow Films licensed Wild Geese, Zulu Dawn and Ashanti. RTL Nitro went for Porky’s, Porky’s II: The Next Day and Porky’s Revenge.