For Immediate Release:
SYNDICADO RENEWS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH
PRODUCER AND DISTRIBUTOR FIRST HAND FILMS FOR MULTIPLE
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.
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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