BERLIN, GERMANY/LOS ANGELES, CA (February 13, 2016) – Following last year’s successful release of MR. HOLMES, one of the year’s biggest independent films, MIRAMAX® announced today that it will reteam with Roadside Attractions on SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, for which MIRAMAX® has acquired North American distribution rights from prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global. MIRAMAX® will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution, which will likely be set for late summer 2016.
Written by Richard Tanne, who also makes his directorial debut, the film is inspired by the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers (Snowden, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tika Sumpter (Ride Along 2, TV’s “The Haves and Have Nots”) star as the future President and First Lady. SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU is produced by Robert Teitel (Men of Honor, the Barbershop franchise), Tika Sumpter, and Richard Tanne. Executive Producers are Stuart Ford, Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Carrie Holt De Lama, and Tracey Bing. Legend also produced and performs the end title song for the film, “Start.”
The film recently made its festival debut at the Sundance Film Festival and drew rave reviews. Variety said, “SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU stands as something unique, even audacious in American independent movies;” The Hollywood Reporter said the film is “perceptive, intelligent;” and Entertainment Weekly called the film “charming, soulful and sweet.”
Miramax’s Rosanne Korenberg, SVP Acquisitions & Co-Productions, has led the effort to land the title for MIRAMAX® as the European Film Market/Berlinale officially got underway, with WME Global and Deborah Zipser as General Counsel on behalf of IM Global brokering the deal. IM Global has been in protracted negotiations with U.S. distributors for the past few weeks since SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU’s successful Sundance debut.
Miramax’s Zanne Devine, EVP Film & Television, said: “The timelessness of initial romance is beautifully captured in Richard Tanne’s tender and poetic directorial debut.”
Added Howard Cohen, co-founder and co-president of Roadside Attractions, “This charming film manages the remarkable feat of being both a warm and romantic love story and a beautifully imagined recreation of a moment in our cultural history.”
IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford said, "We are so thrilled to be partnering with Miramax and Roadside on this film. We have been very exacting in our efforts to choose the right distributor for such a special and unique picture, and Miramax's and Roadside's plans for the film very much match our own ambitions."
Filmmaker Richard Tanne said: "For a ‘90s film kid like me, joining the great, ongoing Miramax legacy is a dream come true. That we also get to work with Roadside Attractions is the sweet cherry on top. We are honored and excited."
About Roadside Attractions
In just over a decade, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $200M and garnered thirteen Academy Award® nominations. Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as LOVE & MERCY, CHI-RAQ, MR. HOLMES, A MOST WANTED MAN, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, THE SKELETON TWINS, ALL IS LOST, MUD, WINTER’S BONE, THE COVE, ARBITRAGE, MARGIN CALL and SUPER-SIZE ME. Its upcoming slate includes Whit Stillman’s period-comedy LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny; Michael Showalter’s HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, a delightful comedy about a shy accounting clerk starring screen legend and two-time Oscar winner Sally Field; the Tom Hanks-starring A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, based on the novel by Dave Eggers; and GENIUS, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.
About IM GLOBAL
Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007. The prolific entertainment company operates one of the world’s leading international film sales and distribution platforms controlling a library of more than 250 films which collectively have grossed more than $5 billion in worldwide box office. As a Hollywood producer/financier the company has financed over 20 features, establishing itself as one of the most prolific financiers outside of the major Hollywood studios. The company is also one of the leading international sales agencies in the industry and IM Global’s combined self-produced and third party output enjoyed #1 worldwide box office share outside of the major studios in both 2013 and 2014. In May 2010, Reliance Entertainment, part of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, acquired a majority shareholding in the company. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Mumbai, Mexico City, and Beijing.
In mid-2014 the company launched IM Global Television, focusing on developing, producing, financing and distribution of scripted content for network, cable and SVOD platforms, led by former Syfy Channel President of Original Content Mark Stern. In December 2014 the company launched IM Global Music, focusing on acquiring song catalogues, soundtracks, music supervision services and developing music driven film and television content. Run by veteran music industry publisher and financier David Schulhof, the venture recently announced a strategic film production partnership with leading US record label Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and a partnership with leading independent music publishing and global music rights management services company Kobalt.