Wild Bunch (company)

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Wild Bunch AG
Aktiengesellschaft
Traded as FWBWBAG
ISIN DE000A13SXB0
Industry Motion Pictures
Television (as of September 2015)
Predecessor Senator Entertainment AG
Wild Bunch S.A.
Founded 1979 (as Senator Film Verleih GmbH)
2002 (as Wild Bunch S.A.)
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Area served
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Austria
Key people
Vincent Grimond (CEO)
Brahim Chioua (COO)
Markus Maximilian Sturm (CFO)
Vincent Maraval (CCO)
Divisions
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (France)
  • Wild Side (France)
  • Filmo TV (France)
  • BiM Distribuzione (Italy)
  • Wild Bunch Germany
  • Central Film Verleih (Germany)
  • Vértigo Films (Spain)
  • Wild Bunch Austria
  • Wild Bunch TV
  • Insiders (Los Angeles, California, United States) (joint venture with Bliss Media)
Website wildbunch.eu

Wild Bunch AG is a German film distribution and international sales company, originally created in 1979 as Senator Film Verleih GmbH, which later became Senator Entertainment AG. The name Wild Bunch comes from the French company Wild Bunch S.A., created in 2002, which became a subsidiary of Senator Entertainment in February 2015. Senator Entertainment AG renamed itself Wild Bunch AG in July 2015. Wild Bunch has distributed and sold films such as Land of the Dead (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Che (2008), Whatever Works (2009), The King's Speech (2010), and The Artist (2011).

Wild Bunch is also the international seller of Studio Ghibli's works.

History

Originally a division of StudioCanal,[1] Wild Bunch S.A. was established as an independent company in 2002 by former employees of StudioCanal.[2]

In July 2014, the German film distributor Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch announced their intention to join forces to launch an independent film distribution and production group.[3] In February 2015, Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch completed their merger.[4] Senator Entertainment AG subsequently renamed themselves to Wild Bunch AG and will use Senator as a brand.[5]

In May 2015, Wild Bunch announced the founding of a new LA-based company, Insiders, to handle international sales of independent films.[6] In February 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a majority stake in this outfit has since been sold to Bliss Media, a Chinese film production and distribution company.[7] Also, as of May 2016, Insiders has merged its international sales operations with fellow independent film company MadRiver Pictures into a joint venture called IMR International.[8]

Activities

Wild Bunch is a film sales company and also a pan-European film distributor.

France

In France, Wild Bunch is a theatrical distributor[9] and also a video distributor through its subsidiary Wild Side.[10]

Wild Bunch also positioned itself on the digital distribution market through its VoD/SVoD subsidiary Filmo TV.

Worldwide

Apart from its international sales activities, Wild Bunch is also a direct distributor in Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain.[11][12][13]

Catalogue

Wild Bunch manages more than 1700 titles.

Major awards received by films distributed or sold by Wild Bunch

Tom Hooper and Colin Firth at a ceremony for Firth to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Academy Awards

Berlin International Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

References

  1. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (September 6, 2002). "Wild Bunch goes independent as Exception". Screen International. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fabre, Clarisse; Regnier, Isabelle (February 15, 2011). "Wild Bunch : les mousquetaires de la distribution". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (July 24, 2014). "Germany’s Senator and France’s Wild Bunch Join Forces to Launch Distribution and Production Group". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (February 5, 2015). "Senator Completes Merger With Wild Bunch". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (July 8, 2015). "Germany’s Senator Entertainment Rebranded as Wild Bunch AG". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lowe, Kinsey. "Wild Bunch Setting Up Insiders Foreign Sales Unit In LA: Cannes". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  7. ^ "China's Bliss Media Takes Stake in Wild Bunch's Insiders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Wild Bunch & Bliss Media's Insiders JV Merges International Sales Operations With MadRiver Pictures". Deadline.com. 
  9. ^ Wild Bunch Distribution
  10. ^ Wild Side
  11. ^ http://variety.com/2007/film/news/wild-bunch-teams-up-with-bim-1117974335/
  12. ^ http://cineuropa.org/nw.aspx?t=newsdetail&l=en&did=81344
  13. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wild-bunch-continues-buying-spree-237828

External links

  • Official website
  • Wild Bunch on IMDb
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