Syndicado Acquires ‘In Exile’ documentary

Tin Win Naing’s debut feature depicts Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand

TORONTO — Syndicado has acquired world sales rights to “In Exile” (“Pyi Pye”), a documentary about the plight of Burmese refuge migrant workers in Thailand. World premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film will play in the TIFF DOCS program.

 

“In Exile” is about people who have fled their home country Myanmar, a fate they share with director Tin Win Naing. “In Exile” marks his first feature, after having filmed politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, and is the second feature doc to come out of Myanmar.

 

“Forced to leave his wife and children behind, he crossed illegally into Thailand, where he encountered the world of Burmese migrants toiling as plantation workers. Theirs is a world of exploitation and danger, but also of solidarity and resilience. This beautiful work of deeply compassionate first-person filmmaking is a testament to their struggle for justice. ”–Thom Powers, TIFF DOCS Programmer

 

As an undocumented refugee amongst refugees, filming was difficult, often dangerous for director Tin Win Naing. But “when I thought I was lost, the spirits of my protagonists gave me strength. It seemed as those those migrants who struggled the most, also had the biggest smiles” he said. (Join the director, and Perennial Lens producers Yasmin Rams and Rodney Charles, for a behind-the-scenes talk at the TIFF DOC CONFERENCE, September 13 http://www.tiff.net/events/filming-in-exile/)

 

“We’re moved by ‘In Exile’ and its ability to shed light on not just workers already in a harsh environment, but even more vulnerable – as refugees from long term troubled nation Myanmar. We’re impressed with both Tin’s cinematic style, and empathetic lens to a people eclipsed from the world’s media or international aid” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of Toronto-based Syndicado.

 

The film is Syndicado’s sixth major festival acquisition since their international expansion headed by Aleksandar Govedarica, Regional Director for Europe, who negotiated world sales for “In Exile” at Locarno. Syndicado will introduce the film to buyers at TIFF and Nordisk Panorama.

 

Syndicado announces newest acquisition SPANDEX SAPIENS

Spandex Sapiens

Syndicado is pleased to announce world sales rights to Spandex Sapiens from Helsinki-based director and producer Oskari Pastila. A portrait documentary of Finland-based, Canadian wrestler Michael “Starbuck” Majalahti.

 

“Set in the world of Finnish wrestling, our main character, an immigrant from Canada, has his own beliefs and values challenged by his nemesis–a transgendered wrestler within his school.  While the film has its moments of temerity, there’s a lighter side to the doc with some hilarious scenes and a welcome levity in an otherwise crowded world of ‘heavy docs’. We’ve been following the film for a while and are elated to pick it up for world sales and digital” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “Bringing great indie films to major markets worldwide is what we love and we’re proud to be able to release Spandex Sapients theatrically, for broadcast and  on VOD.”

 

“Enchanting, Herzog-like…Finnish documentary film at its most original”–Kalle Kinnunen, Kuvien Takaa/Suomen Kuvalehti
“Real life ‘The Wrestler’” (Aronofsky / Mickey Rourke)–Film-O-Holic
“Brutally honest and constantly funny”–Film-O-Holic

 

Audience Award, Night Visions Festival, Helsinki
Critic’s Choice, DocPoint – Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival

 

Canadian and US sales will be handled by Greg Rubidge, and all other markets by Aleksandar Govedarica, Syndicado’s Regional Director – Europe. Already sold in Finland, Sweden and Japan.

 

SYNDICADO ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF “THE INTERIOR” IN THEATRES AND VOD

SYNDICADO PRESENTS

THE INTERIOR

A Film by Trevor Juras

 

Theatrical Release: July 8, 2016
VOD Release: July 12, 2016

After receiving a distressing medical diagnosis, a listless young man flees the crushing tedium of city life, trading it all for untamed wilderness and solitude. He retreats further and further into the woods only to gradually find himself the target of increasingly inexplicable and disturbing manifestations, which point to a frightening truth: he is not alone.
“Arresting…. [a] terse, alarming, haiku of a movie” – Variety
“An ingenious debut” – Toronto Star
“THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT filtered through the sensibility of Samuel Beckett” – The Nightmare Gallery
“If there’s a film that better uses pitch black darkness then I’ve never seen it… Terrifying.” – Film School Rejects
“Funnier than most studio comedies and scarier than ANY studio horror film of the past decade.” – ForgetTheBox.com

 

 

By turns hilarious, beautiful, and genuinely terrifying, THE INTERIOR is a wholly original hybrid of arthouse and genre sensibilities, and Syndicado is proud to bring it back to Toronto after a successful North American festival run. The film had its Canadian premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in July 2015, and since then it continued its successful run with screenings at Telluride Horror Show, Calgary International, and Toronto After Dark film festival.
Audiences will now have the chance to see THE INTERIOR’s theatrical premiere at The Royal Cinema on Friday, July 8. The event will include a Q&A with the cast and crew, and an after party at the legendary Monarch Tavern located around the corner from The Royal. THE INTERIOR will then have its VOD launch on July 14th, thus becoming available for audiences to enjoy all across the globe.

<< WATCH THE TRAILER >>

 

Fesitval Run:
– Fantasia Film Festival
– Toronto After Dark Film Festival
…..Winner – Best Leading Actor: Patrick McFadden
…..Winner – Best Cinematography: Othello J. Ubalde

– Telluride Horror Show Film Festival
– Calgary International Film Festival
– Buried Alive Film Fest
– Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival
Theatrical Release:
Friday, July 8
The Royal Cinema – Toronto, ON
Mayfair Theatre – Ottawa, ON
VOD Release:
Tuesday, July 12
Amazon, Google, iTunes, Dish, Shaw, Vubiquity, Rogers, and Vimeo
DVD and Blu-ray available via Amazon and major retail outlets in the USA

 

About Syndicado:
Syndicado is an international film and television distribution company with offices in the USA and Canada. Founded in 2009, the company focuses on digital distribution to major Internet and cable VOD outlets including iTunes, vudu, hulu, Amazon, Google, Dish, Netflix, and many other leading Internet video platforms. In 2014 the company expanded to theatrical releases in the USA and Canada, and in 2016 opened up a distribution division in Europe focused on broadcast and festival sales. The company now represents over 600 feature films and TV series in 30+ territories worldwide.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the director please email info@syndicado.com
For information on distribution and theatrical bookings please contact distribution coordinator Brendan Ross at distribution@syndicado.com

SYNDICADO RENEWS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH PRODUCER AND DISTRIBUTOR FIRST HAND FILMS

For Immediate Release:

SYNDICADO RENEWS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH

PRODUCER AND DISTRIBUTOR FIRST HAND FILMS FOR MULTIPLE

TERRITORIES

Move marks another turn in the expansion of Syndicado in domestic and overseas markets

 

Los Angeles, CA /Toronto, Canada (November 4, 2015) – Syndicado, the Toronto-based film

and television distributor, has announced today that they have reached an agreement to extend

their distribution deal with Zurich-based producer, sales agent and distributor First Hand Films

for multiple territories worldwide, including digital distribution and theatrical in North America.

The re-upping of the deal allows Syndicado to continue its expansion in the global market, as

they are a full service digital distributor in North America with output channels worldwide. The

move is also a part of their recent expansion into theatrical distribution in North America.

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the deal involves the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand

and South Africa. New features from First Hand Films will be distributed via cable VOD as well

as major internet platforms, while TV series will be specifically distributed on VOD, VOD/EST

and ad supported VOD in the respective territories. A great majority of the award-winning titles

that will be distributed under the output deal are European and world co-productions of feature

documentaries and TV shows which have yet to be seen in the U.S. and Canada.

First up under the new agreement is a slate of titles with Syndicado taking U.S. distribution

rights including Trespassing Bergman, a feature documentary from Swedish filmmakers Hynek

Pallas and Jane Magnusson; Man for a Day, a feature doc and German/U.K. co-production from

Katrina Peters; Shadows of Liberty, a UK doc from Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Footprints of

War, the award-winning German doc by Maximilian Mönch.

The deal also includes a number of recent TV series for U.S. distribution including the

Norwegian program Death: A Series About Life; Contact, an Italian TV series about iconic

photographs; In 80 Trains Around the World, produced in the U.S. by Open Eye Movies and

America in Primetime from The Documentary Group.

 

“This is a big win for all of our partners.” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado “We’re

excited to bring First Hand Films’ slate of acclaimed doc features such as Trespassing Bergman,

featuring interviews with Woody Allen and Alejandro Iñarritu and now, TV series, to our key

VOD distribution partners, in more territories. Complementing traditional broadcast sales

through windowing and VOD has been a cornerstone of our growth and generates real returns for

our content partners.”

 

Founded by Rubidge in 2009, Syndicado helps small to medium sized film and TV distributors,

sales agents and producers realize new revenue growth from VOD through its partnerships with

the industry’s key VOD and SVOD outlets.  From its inception six years ago, the company’s

library has grown to over 500 titles with over 1500 hours of programming, in 30+ territories

worldwide, with a focus primarily on documentaries and factual TV series.

 

The company currently has the feature film FAT, a TIFF selection starring Mel Rodriguez, on

tap for a theatrical and digital release in December in the U.S.

First Hand Films is an international distributor and sales agent for feature documentaries and

television shows based in Zurich, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany. Currently they have a

number of international projects in production including the Belgian TV series Barber Shop form

Luc Vrydaghs; the Palestinian feature doc Ambulance from Mohamed Jabaly and The Imam’s

Daughter (working title), a U.S./UK and Gambian co-production from Patrick Farrelly.

 

About Syndicado:

 

Syndicado is an international film and television distribution company with offices in the USA

and Canada. Founded by digital media executive Greg Rubidge in 2009, the company focuses on

digital distribution to major internet and cable VOD outlets such as iTunes, hulu, Amazon,

GooglePlay, inDemand, Netflix, and several other leading Internet video services. Recently the

company expanded through strategic theatrical releases in the USA and Canada, the first of

which was Elena, Petra Costa’s haunting IDFA documentary which opened in the US in 2014.

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Media Contacts:

Erik Bright

Jason Kasperski

Prodigy Public Relations

310-857-2020

eb@prodigypublicrelations.com

SYNDICADO OFFICIALLY EXPANDS INTO THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION BY ACQUIRING TIFF FAVORITE ‘FAT’

For Immediate Release:

SYNDICADO OFFICIALLY EXPANDS INTO THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION BY

ACQUIRING TIFF FAVORITE ‘FAT’ STARRING MEL RODRIGUEZ

Film set for Canadian premiere October 30 and US premiere December 1, 2015

 

 

Los Angeles, CA /Toronto, Canada (October 8, 2015) – Syndicado, the Toronto-based film and

television distributor, has announced today that they are expanding operations with a new focus

on theatrical distribution for an upcoming slate of titles. Greg Rubidge, Syndicado founder and

CEO will lead these efforts to acquire more titles for theatrical as well as digital distribution, and

will continue to be based out of Toronto. 

 

The first title to be released under the theatrical expansion is FAT starring Mel Rodriguez, which

played at the Toronto International Film Festival and received wide acclaim from critics and

audiences. The film was written and directed by Mark Phinney, and produced by Rodriguez and

Tim Baker.  Ashley Lauren, Jason Dugre, Charlene Amoia and Joanne Verbos round out the

cast. The film is scheduled for a US theatrical release on December 1st followed by a North

American VOD release December 15, 2015.

 

In the film, which is based on Phinney’s personal life accounts, Ken (Rodriguez) is an

overweight man who won’t change his ways. Addicted to food, he’s is in bad health, and is

headed to an early grave. Despite getting help and advice from his friends and doctors, he does

what he wants, when he wants, until a chance encounter with love gives him the motivation he

needs to save himself.

 

Rodriguez is an actor and producer best known for recurring roles on “Last Man on Earth” and

“Better Call Saul.”  He can also be seen in the features THE WATCH and Oscar® winner

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. 

 

“Beyond theatrical playing out as a marketing tactic for VOD, we’ve found that there remains a

strong, engaged niche audience for independent/arthouse films on the big screen.” says Greg

Rubidge, president of Syndicado. “With new staff focused on theatrical and regionally targeted

event based screenings, we’re expanding the number of venues we work with and the number of

films we’ll acquire all rights for in North America.”

 

Founded by Rubidge in 2009, Syndicado helps small to medium sized film and TV distributors,

sales agents and producers realize new revenue growth from VOD through its partnerships with

the industry’s key VOD and SVOD outlets.  From its inception six years ago, the company’s

library has grown to over 500 titles with over 1500 hours of programming, in 30+ territories

worldwide, with a focus primarily on documentaries and factual TV series.

 

The company initially tested the waters for theatrical distribution last year with ELENA, Petra

Costa’s haunting IDFA documentary which opened in the US in New York in 2014, followed by

two Canadian releases earlier this year; STOP THE POUNDING HEART, Roberto Minervini’s

Texas docudrama, and Fantastic Fest favorite THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD, based

on the graphic novel by Guido van Driel.

 

Additional slate titles will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

About Syndicado:

 

Syndicado is an international film and television distribution company with offices in the USA

and Canada. Founded by digital media executive Greg Rubidge in 2009, the company focuses on

digital distribution to major internet and cable VOD outlets such as iTunes, hulu, Amazon,

GooglePlay, inDemand, Netflix, and several other leading Internet video services. Recently the

company expanded through strategic theatrical releases in the USA and Canada, the first of

which was Elena, Petra Costa’s haunting IDFA documentary which opened in the US in 2014.

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Media Contacts:

Erik Bright

Jason Kasperski

Prodigy Public Relations

310-857-2020

eb@prodigypublicrelations.com

NAKED NEWS UNCOVERED – NOW ON HULU!

ALL SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT’S “NAKED NEWS – UNCOVERED” GOES MAINSTREAM WITH HULU LAUNCH IN THE USA – FEBRUARY 3, 2015

 

(Toronto/Las Vegas – February 3, 2015) – A Super Channel original production from Toronto’s All Screen Entertainment, Naked News – Uncovered, goes live today in the USA on hulu. After premiering on direct to fan sites, VHX and Vimeo, All Screen Entertainment partnered with Syndicado to release Naked News Uncovered initially on Google TV, Microsoft, and vudu, and now on hulu.

 

The world’s first and only all-nude news show, Naked News burst onto the world scene in 1999 and immediately garnered massive media attention. Produced in Toronto, it’s a subscription website and daily TV newscast featuring attractive female anchors who blithely shed al their clothes while delivering the news. It’s funny, sexy and often surreal. But make no mistake, it is real!

 

“The Naked News Uncovered is perfect for hulu, the major online platform for streaming TV shows. They’re both edgy and draw a younger totally connected audience.” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “We’ve had tremendous success launching Canadian produced TV shows for first and second window launches on hulu in the US, generating evergreen revenue and new audiences for these series. “

 

“What we found at Naked News was a fascinating family of oddballs, misfits and larger-than-life characters,” says series co-creator and co-director Allan Novak. “The events that transpired over the six months of filming are both jaw-droppingly bizarre and unbelievably funny. Launching the show on the US on hulu, the US’s top TV streaming site, is a huge win for the series and will allow to build the audience for the show to support our other international sales efforts.

 

Naked News Uncovered is now available for free streaming on hulu in the USA at: http://www.hulu.com/naked-news-uncovered

 

About AllScreen Entertainment

 

AllScreen Entertainment is a newly-launched Canadian media company led by two of the most talented and respected TV producers in the country, Allan Novak and Barri Cohen. AllScreen was founded in 2011 with a mandate to make smart, funny and memorable programs-with-heart across genres, formats, platforms and borders. Along with network-based television, AllScreen intends to build co-ventures, brand partnerships and engage in alternative, out-of-the-box business thinking that matches the speed of change in today’s media world. Look to AllScreen to deliver a wide slate of factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary programs – as well as scripted and unscripted comedy and dramatic entertainment – on all screens.

 

About Syndicado
Founded in 2009 to serve the needs of traditional sales agents, indie producers and distributors for new revenue through digital distribution VOD – Syndicado has grown its library to over 1500 hours of programming across every major VOD outlet in the USA and Canada, in addition to reaching Europe, Asia and Latin America through its iTunes, Google and Microsoft partnerships. This year marked the company’s growth in to theatrical distribution in the USA and Canada, coupled with TV and educational sales. Syndicado’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com

 

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SYNDICADO ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF “NAKED NEWS – UNCOVERED” ON VOD IN THE USA – DECEMBER 9, 2104

(Toronto/Las Vegas – December 4, 2014) – A Super Channel original production from Toronto’s AllScreen Entertainment,Naked News Uncovered, will be going live on VOD in the US through Syndicado. After premiere launches on direct to fan sites, VHX and Vimeo, Syndicado will be releasing Naked News Uncovered December 9, 2014 on GooglePlay TV followed by a Spring launch on hulu.

 

Naked News is the world’s first and only all-nude news show, which burst onto the world scene in 1999 and immediately garnered massive media attention. Produced in Toronto, it continues as a subscription website and daily TV newscast which AllScreen media saw as the perfect combo for a new reality exposé docu-series.

 

“Who hasn’t heard of the Naked News?” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “This kind of behind the scenes docu-series on a higher profile media property, while still tame enough for prime time, always takes off better on digital platforms, playing to younger audiences across multiple devices. The Naked News Uncovered  was a hit with our key distribution partners and we’re delighted to work with AllScreen, growing the show’s exposure in the US on the major TV VOD outlets.”

 

“What we found at Naked News was a fascinating family of oddballs, misfits and larger-than-life characters,” says series co-creator and co-director Allan Novak. “The events that transpired over the six months of filming are both jaw-droppingly bizarre and unbelievably funny. Having worked with Syndicado on my previous show, Loving Spoonfuls, where they grew the audience and revenue for the show on hulu, GooglePlay TV and Amazon, co-creator Barri Cohen and I thought they’d be a great fit for the Naked News Uncovered to take to the next step for us through VOD.”

 

Naked News Uncovered will be available for rent or purchase through GooglePlay TV starting December 9, 2014 and on hulu plus’ subscription service in April 2015.

 

About Syndicado

 

Founded in 2009 to serve the needs of traditional sales agents, indie producers and distributors for new revenue through digital distribution VOD – Syndicado has grown its library to over 1500 hours of programming across every major VOD outlet in the USA and Canada, in addition to reaching Europe, Asia and Latin America through its iTunes, Google and Microsoft partnerships. This year marked the company’s growth in to theatrical distribution in the USA and Canada. Syndicado’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities.

 

About AllScreen Entertainment

 

AllScreen Entertainment is a newly-launched Canadian media company led by two of the most talented and respected TV producers in the country, Allan Novak and Barri Cohen. AllScreen was founded in 2011 with a mandate to make smart, funny and memorable programs-with-heart across genres, formats, platforms and borders. Along with network-based television, AllScreen intends to build co-ventures, brand partnerships and engage in alternative, out-of-the-box business thinking that matches the speed of change in today’s media world. Look to AllScreen to deliver a wide slate of factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary programs –  as well as scripted and unscripted comedy and dramatic entertainment – on all screens.

 

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Contact: Syndicado

Tascia Barile::  +905-467-4611 |  tascia@syndicado.com

Twitter: @Syndicado

Facebook: www.facebook.com/syndicado

 

Contact: AllScreen Entertainment

Barri Cohen: barri.cohen@gmail.com

ROBERT MINERVINI FILM TRIO DEAL INKED AT TIFF

Syndicado acquires slate of films for Canada and other territories, including festival favorite Stop the Pounding Heart from Doc and Film of Paris, France

 

(September 9, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Syndicado is pleased to announce the acquisition of a slate of new films from Doc and Film, including writer-director Robert Minervini’s three indies Stop the Pounding Heart, Low Tide and The Passage. The deal includes a number of other documentaries and features for VOD, with Stop the Pounding Heart planned for theatrical release in Canada.

 

The new acquisition follows Syndicado’s recent move into theatrical releasing in both the US and Canada, while entrenching its position in VOD internationally.

 

“We’re delighted to further our relationship with Doc and Film for both narrative films and docs, as they continue to attract talented filmmakers under their banner. Minervini’s close up docu style in all three of his rural Texas shot pics coupled with his light directorial hand with talent drew us to this trilogy’esque series.” said Greg Rubidge, President of Syndicado. “Bringing great indie films to the theatre and major VOD outlets worldwide is what we love and we’re proud to be able to release these titles and more with Doc and Film.”

 

The deal includes all rights in Canada for Minervini’s films, plus digital for other English speaking territories ex-USA. Rounding out their existing partnership, Syndicado adds seven more documentaries for VOD/SVOD across all major English markets.

 

“We’ve seen great traction through a lot of hard work and innovation from Syndicado since our initial partnership, and we’re delighted to extend our deal for more documentary titles as well as supporting their new theatrical direction,” says Daniela Elstner, President of Doc and Film International. “VOD is a growth area for us that compliments our successful growth in TV and distribution sales.”

 

About Syndicado Inc.

 

A digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms as well as cable VOD to 100M+ households in North America. Syndicado partners with traditional distributors, producers and sales agents to manage all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, with the leading digital service providers in North America and Europe. The company’s expertise and unique business model allows distributors and other rights holders a cost effective strategy to fully exploit emerging digital opportunities. President Greg Rubidge is also the founder of the new documentary film VOD site – ilovedocs.com

 

About Doc & Film International

 

Based in Paris, France and handling International Sales of Feature Films & Documentaries, Doc & Film International deals with a catalogue of more than 800 titles. We are attending all major markets and festivals around the globe in order to ensure maximum international exposure for our films. Backed by a worldwide network of television stations and film distributors, we give all our films the best chance to reach the audience.