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The Orchard Sells Its Film Division as Sundance Kicks Off

The Orchard’s executive vice president of film and TV, Paul Davidson, was in Sundance looking for movies when the carefully planned opening day announcement broke that investment group 1091 Media, which is part of the digital media holding company Dimensional Associates, has entered into an agreement in principle to wholly acquire The Orchard Film Group from global music distribution company The Orchard.

At a challenging time in the film industry, the Orchard is devoting its main business to its core music operations in 40 countries around the world. The Orchard film division has been competing with deep-pocketed distribution rivals to acquire affordable properties, many of them foreign-language, for theatrical release, from Chile’s Globe-nominated “Neruda” to the more recent shortlisted Colombian submission, “Birds of Passage,” which was to hit theaters in 2019, but did not land an Oscar slot. Still to come on the company’s 2019 slate is “The Hummingbird Project” in March starring Jesse Eisenberg.

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