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 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’

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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

Syndicado acquires IdeaCity series from ZoomerMedia for launch on Hulu and other VOD platforms.

Syndicado is extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of ZoomerMedia’s IdeaCity, a series that features notable guest speakers covering a wide variety of topics, highlighting new ideas, innovative thinkers and mind-opening content.  Hosted by ZoomerMedia’s very own Moses Znaimer, best known for co-founding CityTV, the annual three day series is a daily dose of popular science, art and inspiration, and will be available in the USA on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service on June 18, 2014.

 

“Pairing TV pioneer Moses Znaimer of ZoomerMedia and his visionary series IdeaCity with VOD was a real coup and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of IdeaCity in the USA on Hulu this morning!” said Greg Rubidge, President and founder of digital distributor Syndicado. “Hulu is the perfect platform for IdeaCity to debut on, and it marks the beginning of a slate of new series we’ve partnered with Zoomer on to distribute digitally internationally.”

 

Included in their distribution deal, Syndicado will also be releasing VisionTV’s series Supernatural Investigator and a slew of other series.

 

“After a review of several VOD aggregators and distributors, we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Syndicado. With a successful track record launching TV series on Hulu and other leading platforms in the USA, and with offices right here in Toronto and in the US, we felt it was the most strategic option to grow our brand and presence internationally, in the new world of distribution.” Said McLean Greaves, VP of Digital with ZoomerMedia.

 

About Syndicado Inc.

 

With offices in Toronto, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada, Syndicado is a digital aggregator and distributor of feature films, documentaries and TV programming on digital platforms such as Internet, TV VOD, and mobile, reaching over 100M households in North America. The company partners with traditional distributors, broadcasters and content creators, managing all aspects of digital distribution, strategy and marketing, on the leading digital service providers internationally. 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 ZoomerMedia

 

ZoomerMedia Limited is a global leader in creating entertainment, information and experiences uniquely designed to serve the world’s largest and most affluent generation – the 45-plus.

 

Contact

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