(October 15, 2001 - Los Angeles, CA) - Warner Bros. will immediately assume the distribution of New Line Cinema’s feature films in all German-speaking territories, Eastern Europe and Russia, it was jointly announced today by Richard Fox, Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. and Rolf Mittweg, President and COO, Worldwide Distribution & Marketing, New Line Cinema. This output agreement for all New Line titles released in the United States through 2003, calls for Warner Bros. Pictures to handle the theatrical distribution and marketing responsibilities and activities for current and future New Line films in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as for Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to handle the respective home video and television rights of these films in the covered territories. The first title covered under the agreement is the highly anticipated December release of “Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring.” Other titles include the remaining two installments of “Lord of the Rings,” “Rush Hour 2,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Blade 2,” “John Q,” “Life as a House” and “I am Sam.” “At New Line, we’re known for our eclectic slate of films which include all genres from critically acclaimed thought-provoking dramas to crowd-pleasing blockbusters,” said Mittweg. “We’re pleased to be represented in these markets by our AOL Time Warner sister company Warner Bros.” “Our distribution arrangements with New Line in other regions have proven very successful and we anticipate similar success in these territories,” said Fox. “New Line’s films will be a great addition to our distribution slate and we look forward to utilizing our top-notch distribution and marketing operations to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.” Warner Bros. currently distributes New Line Cinema’s films theatrically, on home video and on television in select territories in Latin America and Asia.
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