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Los Angeles – BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) continues its streak of classic film library acquisitions with the announcement today of the heralded OB Films catalog from France, including Roger Vadim’s acclaimed “Une Femme Fidele” starring Sylvia Kristel of “Emmanuelle” fame.
“Une Femme Fidele” (“The Faithful Woman”, 1976) is the 1830’s story of a French venture capitalist and aristocratic assassin who seduces a virtuous, beautiful woman.
BMW has acquired all rights in the 10-film English-language archive worldwide, excluding French-speaking territories.
Among the other titles are “Scream of Stone”, a 1991 film directed by Werner Herzog about a climbing expedition on Cerro Torre in Argentina/Chile and starring Donald Sutherland and Mathilda May (“The Jackal”); and “Les Pas Perdus” (“The Last Steps”, 1964) starring Michèle Morgan (“Higher and Higher” with Frank Sinatra) and Jean Louis Trintignant, star of “Amour” which won the Palme d’Or of Cannes Films Festival 2012 and is entered for Best Foreign Language Oscar in February 2013. His most famous roles were opposite Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim’s “And God Created Woman” and in Claude Lelouch’s “A Man and A Woman.”
The announcement was made by Benjamin Ouahba, owner of OB Films based in Paris, and which has been in business since 1975 as a producer and distributor of films primarily in France and the UK; and veteran film and TV distribution executive Paul Rich, owner/CEO of BMW since its founding earlier this year.
BMW’s library has grown to more than 1,100 titles, including the RKO Film, Victory Films, Arrow Films, and Jose Frade Producciones catalogs.
The head of OB Films is Benjamin Ouahba who has been in the business since 1975. For his French distribution company, he recently acquired movies such as “Paprika” from Variety, and “Frankie Starlight” and “A Price Above Rubies” from Voltage.
Also on OB Films’ French film roster are ten (10) Bud Spencer/Terence Hill movies, “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery”, and the “Blood Fist” series. Ouahba continues to produce and distribute French movies and European movies.
BOPAUL MEDIA WORLDWIDE
BMW is a worldwide film and television distribution company headquartered in Encino, California. It is owned and operated by veteran distributor Paul Rich (formerly head of Metromedia Producers Corp., De Laurentiis Entertainment Group’s television division, and co-owner of Trans Atlantic Entertainment). BMW has more than 1,100 titles in its catalog, including such classics as “Citizen Kane”, “Wild Geese”, the new documentary film “Heaven”, and British theatrical release “Mrs. Caldicott’s Cabbage War.” (Website: www.bopaulmedia.com)
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Having made its world theatrical premiere on a dozen screens in the UK on November 9th, 2012, the remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the grandfather of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason And The Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
United Kingdom film critics’ review excerpts:
“Intriguing and watchable” – Evening Standard
“The ingenious Harryhausen…was the definition of an auteur-technician.” – Financial Times
“The stop-motion maestro gets the respect he deserves” – Guardian Guide
“It’s good to see Harryhausen get the praise he deserves” – Independent On Sunday
“His old-school movie monsters are all that’s needed to press home his genius…” London Mail On Sunday
“A continual delight” -The Observer
“A REAL treat for fans of fantasy cinema” – Sunday Mirror
“A film that near bursts with infectious excitement for one of the giants of cinema” Sunday Times
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is available all rights worldwide (minus select territories)
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LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide, which is making its debut appearance at MIPCOM, is planning to upconvert selected classic films from its 1,000-title library into HD.
The company recently sold the upconverted HD version of Human Beast, from its Paul Naschy horror catalogue, to Medallion Media in Japan. Also included in the sale was Hunchback of the Morgue, which is getting unconverted later this year.
Other titles that will be upgraded to HD include Victory Films’ Wild Geese, Zulu Dawn and Ashanti. Eight other Paul Naschy titles will be turned into HD as well, including Horror Rises from the Tomb, Exorcism and Vengeance of the Zombies.
From BoPaul’s own catalogue, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline is getting the HD treatment. Also set for HD are Arrow Films’ Mrs. Caldicott’s Cabbage War and Jose Frade’s Blood and Sand.
“With the dramatic rise of HD channels and Blu-ray video distribution around the world, it is clear that the value of our library is substantially enhanced with the conversion to HD 1080p format,” said Paul Rich, co-founding CEO of BMW.
Los Angeles – At a time when Middle East tensions are escalating over the recent release of a film insulting to Islamists, BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) announces the debut at MIPCOM of a positive documentary entitled “Heaven” that explores Islamism as well as four other leading religions.
The 90-minute film was produced by John Scheinfeld, award-winning director/producer/writer of Lionsgate’s celebrated theatrical release “The U.S. vs. John Lennon”.
Scheinfeld’s latest creation takes viewers on a bold global exploration into diverse viewpoints — and shared goal — of reaching Heaven according to believers of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
“I’m so pleased to have had the chance to make this film,” said Scheinfeld. “At a time when there is so much religious turmoil and violence, the world needs this positive message of brotherhood and tolerance.”
Exquisitely shot in exotic locations around the world, “Heaven” takes an entirely unique approach to the subject by presenting intimate portraits of remarkable individuals and groups who lead extraordinary lives in the name of Heaven.
In one segment, for example, Scheinfeld and his American crew immersed themselves with the “Whirling Dervishes,” Sufi Muslims and self-described “lovers of God,” who preach tolerance for all faiths. Their unique and captivating ritual dance, the Sema, represents a mystical journey that establishes a connection between God and man.
“Heaven” is made without agenda, judgment or from any religious point of view. Rather, audience members are challenged to witness existing concepts and lifestyles and arrive at their own conclusions as to the true nature of Heaven and how it can be incorporated into their daily lives.
From Turkey to Thailand, from Azerbaijan to India to America, this film offers a powerful and emotional look at the lives of people who, in their wisdom, courage and accomplishment, have discovered their own Heavenly truth.
“Heaven” is positive, uplifting, thought-provoking and, above all else, inspiring – the perfect antidote to the tumultuous world in which we live today. The film is also available in 45-minute version, which was telecast on National Geographic Channel in U.S. Both versions are produced for local customization with voice over, meaning a native language host can be easily integrated.
BoPaul Media Worldwide will be located at stand 07.39 during MIPCOM 2012 in Cannes, France.
JOHN SCHEINFELD BIO
Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and Telly Award-winner John Scheinfeld is a respected filmmaker who brings a broad spectrum of experiences and interests to pop culture, music, historical and spiritual projects for theatrical exhibition, cable and broadcast television. Scheinfeld has just signed on to direct his first feature film, Fame & Fortune, which is also the first feature film to be made about Elvis Presley. The movie, for which Scheinfeld is also rewriting the script, is based on the 2007 best-selling book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, about the extraordinary friendship between the King of Rock and Roll and his bodyguard, Sonny West. Another recent documentary film, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? premiered in New York and played in theaters across the country during the fall of 2010. The film, for which Scheinfeld was nominated for a prestigious Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Documentary…and for which USA Today named him one of the Top 100 Pop Culture People of 2010…was released internationally in the Summer of 2011. He is currently directing, writing and producing a theatrical documentary, IHYD, the first theatrical film about how one extraordinary song, “I Hope You Dance,” has transformed people’s lives. It is set for national release in 2013.
BOPAUL MEDIA WORLDWIDE (BMW)
BMW is a worldwide film and television distribution company headquartered in Encino, California. It is owned and operated by veteran distributor Paul Rich (formerly head of Metromedia Producers Corp., De Laurentiis Entertainment Group’s television division, and co-owner Trans Atlantic Entertainment). BMW has more than 1,000 titles in its catalog, including such classics as “Citizen Kane”, “Wild Geese,” the new documentary film “Heaven”, and British theatrical release “Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War”. (Website: www.bopaulmedia.com)
LOS ANGELES: With MIPCOM just around the corner, BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has squeezed in three agreements involving titles such as Hellraiser,Jaguar Lives and Mrs Caldicot‘s Cabbage War.
Japan’s Fine Films has agreed to Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, the final installment of the film franchise led by Doug Bradley.
In Malaysia, Pyramid Entertainment acquired the pay-TV rights to Jaguar Lives, about a pair of secret agents portrayed by Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasance.
Additionally, Channel 5 in the U.K. has signed up for Arrow Films’ Mrs Caldicot‘s Cabbage War, starring Pauline Collins.
Los Angeles – Topped by an early Sharon Stone-starring romantic action film and a long-uncirculated classic horror feature from the Paul Naschy archives, the 200-film library produced and assembled by Jose Frade Productions of Madrid, Spain, has been acquired by BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW).
BMW will exploit all media rights to the Spanish films around the globe, excluding Spain, beginning this month and to be highlighted during the company’s debut at MIPCOM (Oct. 8-11, Cannes, France).
Sharon Stone stars as a rich American socialite who falls in love with a tortured matador in “Blood and Sand”. The 1989 film, directed by Javier Elorrieta and produced by Jose Frade, also stars American actor Chris Rydell and Spanish star Ana Torrent. It was based on the novel Blood and Sand and is a passionate, twisted tale of lust, deceit, and obsession among a man, his wife, and his lover (played by Stone). The film was released worldwide prior to Stone’s celebrated appearance in “Basic Instinct”.
Rita Hayworth starred in the same Sharon Stone role in an earlier (1941) version of the film.
Naschy, considered by most critics as one of the most influential actors/directors in the horror/thriller genre, stars in and directs “Dr. Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo” (“Dr. Jekyll and the Manwolf”), also produced by Frade in Spain.
Both films are available in English and original Spanish versions. The balance of the Jose Frade Productions library includes such notable Spanish titles as “La Chica Del Molino Rojo” with Marisol and Mel Ferrer; “Tormento” with Ana Belen and Francisco Rabal (prize winner at San Sebastian Festival); “Las Largas Vacaciones Del 36” with Angela Molina, Fernando Fernan Gomez (Jury prize at Berlin Film Festival); “La Guerra De Papa” with Veronica Forque, Teresa Gimpera; “No Desearas Al Vecino Del Quinto” with Jean Sorel, Ira de Fustemberg, Alfredo Landa.
JOSE FRADE PRODUCCIONES CINEMATOGRAFICAS, based in Madrid, Spain, has been in the media business for more than 40 years, with 115 feature film productions and more than 500 pictures acquired for distribution in Spain and more than 200 for the world. Production of prime time series, programs and formats are also a part of the business of the company. The company has been involved in distribution for more than 30 years of more than 100 American pictures in Spain.
BoPaul Media Worldwide was founded by veteran film and TV executive Paul Rich. With over 1000 film titles and 150 hours of television programming, BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) is servicing distribution needs around the world.
BMW was launched successfully at the April 2012 MIPTV market in Cannes, France. It now has offices in Paris, France, manned by Monique Nayard; and in Latin America, operated by Susan Bender of Bender Media Services.
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LOS ANGELES: Thomas Valentino, a former sales support coordinator for Reed Exhibitions, has been hired as international sales coordinator for BoPaul Media Worldwide.
Valentino will be administering contracts and assisting the company’s sales staff located in Los Angeles, New York and Paris with client relations in all territories. Previously, Valentino was with Reed Exhibitions, responsible for assisting with customer relations at the PGA merchandise shows and events like the New York Comic-Con.
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for all Latin American territories and Spanish-language U.S. channels with Bender Media Services.
ADVERTISEMENT BMW, which made its market debut last week at MIPTV, has grown its catalogue to more than 850 titles. This includes classic films like Citizen Kane and theatricals such as Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War and the documentary Heaven. The new partnership kicks off at the LA Screenings next month.
“With Susan Bender’s history of success as head of Latin America sales during our stint together at Metromedia followed by her 20 years in the same position at Paramount Pictures and now with her company’s own footprint in all of the Western Hemisphere, BMW is most fortunate in having this heavy responsibility under the direction and trust of such a valuable organization,” said Paul Rich, the owner and CEO of BMW.
Paul Rich Debuts BoPaul Media Worldwide & Aims To Position The Legendry RKO Library To the Asian Market
Paul Rich newly launched film and television distribution company, BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW), makes its debut at MIPTV. The company is at MIPTV with more than 800 films – including the RKO library, which is available for Asian TV rights in perpetuity and video rights until 2024. Films included in BoPaul’s line-up include Richard Burton’s Wild Geese and Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, as well as 150 hours of television series programming.
New offerings at MIPTV include the documentary film, Heaven, by John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon released theatrically by Lionsgate four years ago). Also on the slate are five recent British theatrical films, including Mrs. Caldecott’s Cabbage Wars starring Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine, Upstairs Downstairs).
The history of the RKO library is a rich culture of American cinema. In 1928, two titans of their age – David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the future President and owner of the Film Booking Office of America (FBO), a movie distribution company – met at an oyster bar in Manhattan. By the time the meal was over, they’d agreed to combine RCA’s Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain with Kennedy’s company (as well as the fledgling Pathe Studios) to form Radio-Keith-Orpheum, or the RKO Corporation. By combining film production, distribution, and hundreds of theaters under one umbrella, they knew they had an innovative business model. Little did they know how innovative the company would be.
Over the following two decades, RKO would go on to produce classics in nearly every genre, from comedies: Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn), horror films: the original King Kong (starring Fay Wray), thrillers: Hitchcock’s Notorious (starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), and perhaps the most influential film of all-time, designated by AFI as Number One on their list of the 100 Greatest Movies, Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane. Outstanding Films that stirred audiences, in their own time as well as today worldwide, include Citizen Kane, Fort Apache, King Kong, Gunga Din, Mighty Joe Young, Bringing Up Baby, Suspicion and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Rich, until last year, was senior vice president, ICAP Media/Moving Pictures. Earlier, he owned/operated Trans Atlantic Entertainment and Bennett Media Worldwide. He is a former head of worldwide distribution at De Laurentiis Entertainment and Metromedia Producers Corp.