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.
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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