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Jon Hamm, Vanessa Hudgens, Diane Keaton movies sold by SPI to EO Media

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In the run-up to Content Americas, EO Media, led by EJ Olzhansky, former Gaumont VP Latin America, has acquired all rights for Latin America to the Canal+ company SPI International’s slate of star-studded films.

Movies starring “Mad Men” and “Top Gun: Mavericks” Jon Hamm (“Corner Office”), “The Princess Switch” double or triple lead Vanessa Hudgens (“Full Moon Retreat”), Diane Keaton (“Mac and Rita,” “Arthur’s Whiskey”) and Casper Van Dien (“Battle for Saipan”), still remembered from “Starship Troopers.”

Acquired after November’s American Film Market, the new titles will be presented to potential buyers at the new trade fair and Content Americas, which runs January 24-26 in Miami.

The EO Media-SPI International deal builds on EO Media’s past acquisitions from SPI Intl, including the Al Pacino-starrer “American Traitor”. The movies will feed into the catalog of titles – mixing action films, dramas and family films – that EO Media is now selling to platforms and TV channels in Latin America, a region vying for Hollywood star wattage.

World premieres at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, and the best reviews of titles diversity In the new slate, the humor-and-fantasy-tinged “Corner Office” stars Hamm as an office worker who moves into a comfortable executive suite, wooing and dazzling his colleagues — or maybe that’s what’s on his mind. diversity The film has been called “a low-key, screw-loose workplace satire…slow, blunt and benign”.

In the fantasy comedy drama “Mac & Rita,” a 30-year-old social misfit (Elizabeth Leil) body-swaps with Diane Keaton and is embraced as a millennial icon.

Mac and Rita
Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

Set in WWII in 1944 and based on true events, “Battle for Saipan” sees Van Dien as the lone medic at a US Army hospital on the remote island of Saipan besieged by Japanese forces, who battles with his nurses to transport his wounded patients. by doing The security actor was acquired by Saban Films during Toronto.

Both in pre-production, “Full Moon Retreat” stars Hodgens in a supernatural-laced comedy, “Arthur’s Whiskey” stars Keaton as a woman who gets a new lease on life.

Lonnie Farhi, president of SPI International, said, “We are delighted to partner with EO Media, a company with a strong presence in Latin America, to distribute some of our new content featuring Hollywood’s A-list. “With over 25 years of industry experience under our belts, it is a strong alliance that helps us cover the globe with premium entertainment and deliver only the best to all audiences worldwide.”

“It is a privilege for me and EO Media to strengthen our relationship with SPI and its amazing team and to be able to bring such great stories and film rights to the region with top Hollywood stars. Trust will be of great interest to audiences across platforms, networks, channels and, of course, theaters across Latin America,” said Olzhansky. He added that he looks forward to continuing to build a relationship with SPI International “as part of selecting better and more interesting titles together and throughout the year.”

At Gaumont, Olzhansky pioneered the free-to-air distribution of “Narcos” in Latin America. EO Media handles all distribution rights for “Parasite” in the region. While at Gaumont, Olzhansky was a producer on the groundbreaking pan-regional production “El Presidente,” Season 1, and is now a producer on the Star+ title “Ringo,” a standout at September’s IberSeries and Platino Industries.

Acquired by Canal+ Group in 2022, SPI International operates 62 TV channels across six continents and provides theatrical film and TV programming to international markets.

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