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The Orchard Polishes Its Deutsch with Membran Entertainment Group

Guten Tag, Deutschland! And a good day, it is. Today, we announce our new partnership with the renowned and respected Membran Entertainment Group, based in Germany. With them, we kick off The Orchard GmbH, run by Membran CEO, Manlio Celotti. We’ve gotten to know the German market over the years — …

Introducing: The 4 Commandments of Marketing Drivers

Marketing Drivers are the absolute most important thing you must be communicating to your client rep, when working on priority new releases. We’ve already broken down the what, when, why, and overall best practices for marketing drivers. Today, we’re going to introduce you to the 4 commandments of communicating these invaluable assets. …

Sundance Special: We Get Swingin’ With “The Overnight”

Sundance, we have arrived! And in a very big way. Just last night, we nabbed rights to The Overnight in Park City, UT on the 4th day of the Festival. It’s a steamy, sexy comedy that already created sparks on Sundance’s red carpet, and after some intense bidding rounds, we secured it …

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A few months ago, I saw Catey Shaw’s music video for “Human Contact” for the first time. It was a flawless concoction: an infectious summer Pop jam mixed with a quirky, aqua-haired girl dancing in street-wear. All I wanted to do was cash in my vacation days, trap my scantily …

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Sundance Special: “Finders Keepers” Finds Its Home with The Orchard

10505615_796594467072545_3409195416410715561_nThis is one of those “stories” that, no matter how you tell it, it will always sound like something straight from The Twilight Zone. Except this is no story — this is real life exposed through narrative. Meet Finders Keepers, Sundance 2015’s weirdest documentary (co-directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel) that follows the battle over an amputated leg, and just so happens to be our latest film acquisition.

The story begins just as it should: one of the documentary’s producers Ed Cunningham (Undefeated) overhears restaurant-goers talking about a severed foot that had been found in a barbecue smoker bought at an auction. Cunningham, his interest piqued, starts to dig. Ultimately, he uncovers John Wood’s tragic story — the leg was his, he’d lost it in a plane crash (the same one that killed his father), tried to save it for sentimental purposes, and lost it when his drug and alcohol addiction got the best of him, forcing him to sell almost everything he owned. Enter Shannon Whisnant, self-proclaimed entrepreneur and the lucky bidder who lands Wood’s locker-full-of-wonders. Whisnant seizes the “opportunity” to garner fame as “The Foot Man,” raking in his fortune by offering peeks of the severed leg. Ultimately (and perhaps as destiny would have it), the two go head to head in a custody battle over Wood’s leg, winding them up on sitcom-television in front of Judge Mathis‘s audience.

One of the more bizarre stories you’ll ever hear? Probably. Best part? It’s 100% fact. And we’ll be dishing out this stranger-than-fiction film experience to North American audiences later this year. We added the doc to our bag of Sundance goodies yesterday and will have it ready for you shortly! Check out more of the deal news in The Hollywood Reporter’s press coverage, and watch a snippet of the film below:

Freeloader Friday: Mount Eerie, Butch Walker & More

January 30, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176236709Was your office as crazy as ours was this week with all these snow storms and snow days?! Either way, we’re finally back on track — and just in time for the weekend! So let’s take a look at the best newbies circling the internet this week.

Mount Eerie takes over the album premieres this week. He’s out with his latest, which is fueled by a plethora of instrumental sounds, made to seemingly texturize the world all around. It’s beautifully whimsical at times, but also filled to the brim with bits of buzzing, noisy Rock. Lots of experimentation going on with this one!

Moving right along to track premieres, and there are a TON. Butch Walker‘s latest features melodic piano over guitar-picking, along with a must-read interview; Torche busts out another ferocious, drum-o-licious Rock treat; Bosq (along with Nicole Willis) goes to Brazil to bring you the Disco beat; Revolution Saints powers up a golden-oldie Rock sound; My Midnight Heart takes you on a shimmering, crescendoing journey of whimsical vocals atop bass drums, and Malik B & Mr. Green team up with Benefit for a classic Hip-Hop vibe. Whew! Now try all those on for size.

What’s going on in the wonderful world of video? Noveller‘s got killer acid-laced visuals and DiSA takes you into Game of Thrones territory.

That’s all for this week, folks — have a splendid weekend, and Happy Superbowl Sunday!

Mount Eerie: Full album stream via NPR
Sauna out February 3 on P.W. Elverum & Sun

Butch Walker: “Autumn Leaves” track premiere via Alt Press
Afraid of Ghosts out February 3 on Dangerbird Records

Torche: “Loose Men” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Restarter out February 24 on Relapse Records

Bosq: “Bad for Me (ft. Nicole Willis)” track premiere via Wax Poetics
Bad for Me out February 24 on Ubiquity

Revolution Saints: “Way To The Sun” track premiere via YouTube
Revolution Saints is out 2/24 on Frontiers

My Midnight Heart: “Drown” track premiere via Spin
Drown out February 3 on Eric Sosa

Malik B & Mr. Green: “Metal Is Out (ft. Benefit)” track premiere via Okay Player
Unpredictable out February 24 on Enemy Soil

Noveller: “Rubicon” music video premiere via The Fader
Fantastic Planet out now on Fire Records

DíSA: “Cure” music video premiere via Under the Radar
Cure out now on Tigerspring

Sundance Special: We Go Deep with “Digging for Fire”

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 5.07.18 PMWhat would your first reaction be if you found a bone and revolver buried in the backyard of a person’s home you knew? That’s exactly what sparks debate and an entire movie plot in director and co-writer Joe Swanberg‘s (Drinking BuddiesHappy Christmas) latest flick Digging for Fire, which also happens to be our latest film acquisition at Sundance!

Husband and wife duo Tim (co-writer Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) find themselves in the above-mentioned dilemma, but can’t reach an agreement on what to do. Tim wants to play detective and keep digging, but Lee wants to keep everything as-is for the homeowner’s sake. A marriage tiff ensues: Lee heads away for the weekend and Tim stays behind. It’s here that the dynamite cast waltzes in, with appearances from Mike Birbiglia, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Ron Livingston, Jenny Slate and tons of other faces you’ll recognize.

With this brief (and seemingly rare) separation from one another, Tim and Lee have their own bit of fun (think boozy night with the boys and night out on the town by way of motorcycle) without their significant other. Swanberg delights with his signature “hangout” storyline (shot entirely on 35mm film) and “digs” deep into questions about the skeletons that should and should not be left in the closet (or ground, for that matter) in one’s marriage.

What’s next for Swanberg and his cast of characters? We’ll be distributing Digging for Fire in North America, so be on the lookout for that release date. For more info on the deal, read our press release or check out press coverage from The Wrap and Indiewire.

Meet The Spanking New $5.99 Feature at iTunes US

January 29, 2015 Featured News, Marketing No Comments


As you’ve probably noticed by now, iTunes has made several changes to the store in the US. One addition you may want to participate in is the $5.99 Albums feature. You will see this feature as a slider on the Music Main Page and as bricks on each of the genre pages. If you’ve been wondering how you can have your titles featured in this campaign, look no further!

Any album with a retail price of $5.99 on iTunes is automatically eligible for placement in the $5.99 sale. The bricks on the genre page will of course require that a title be in that genre to be included. The slider on the Main Page will change to a different genre every week. iTunes has provided the schedule through to the end of March, so check in with your client manager to find out more.

Although any title with a retail price of $5.99 is eligible for this feature, it is entirely programmed by sales velocity. Placements within are not pitched for, and there is no editorial component. This means that if you have priced an album to surface in this feature, you will want to be doing everything to drive traffic to iTunes and push up those sales!

Keep this new feature in mind when you want to campaign a title — if your artist is on tour, you have catalogue pieces to highlight around a new release, or any reason you may want to place a title on sale. But don’t forget to support from your side as well!

We Go Up & Away With “Above and Beyond”

1779882_226268220904570_1655526331_nIsrael’s 1948 War of Independence has been well-documented in textbooks and feature films over the years, but one aspect of that war had yet to be uncovered. Until now. Director Roberta Grossman and Producer Nancy Spielberg (yep, that Spielberg) teamed up to create Above and Beyond, the story of a group of Jewish-Americans who risked their lives to support Israel’s fight for freedom.

The documentary sits down with the core group of men who comprised 90% of the Israeli air service, though none of them was actually from the country. Rather, they were the Machal, or “volunteers from abroad” who left their established lives in America to support their Jewish brothers in Israel the best way they thought possible. One such member of this band of brothers, Al Schwimmer, used his flight engineer expertise and WWII air transport experience to smuggle aircrafts and pilots into Israel. Upon reading about his death in the New York Times, Spielberg felt the need to tell his (and so many others’) story.

The documentary gives an account of a rarely-mentioned part of Israeli Air Force history — the foreign men who assisted in its creation — and the airmen give detailed accounts of how, through perseverance, they helped secure Israel’s independence.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be releasing the film to all North American audiences beginning this Friday, January 30th! Check out more press coverage from Variety, and watch the trailer below:

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