Annapurna Pictures and MGM have doubled their joint distribution venture, the rebranding operation as United Artists Releasing. MGM has long owned the big UA label, which will be 100 on Tuesday.
The newly named unit will continue with its planned slate, led by the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise – in theaters next year – as well as Richard Linklater "Where & # 39; d You Go, Bernadette" and a modern restart of the killer-doll franchise "Child & # 39; s Play." Venturen also seeks to offer a third-party distribution option to the major studios and streaming companies, at the forefront of projects such as the upcoming Hugh Jackman family movie "Missing Link" from the Laika stop studio.
"I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to expand this release under the iconic United Artists banner. Annapurna was founded with a very similar purpose to home to artists and their creations in the hope of moving our future, says Annapurna CEO Megan Ellison.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Bond's franchise to United Artists," Launched the MGM Motion Picture Group, president Jonathan Glickman. "The United Artists brand is a natural form , when our joint venture was founded around the same principle as its namesake: to help filmmakers maintain economic and artistic control. "
Forged in December 2017, venture has released eight titles in total, including "Creed II" and Annapurna's awards players "Vice" and "If Beale Street could speak."  United Artists Releasing will continue with additional support from the Orion Pictures distribution team (another MGM company) led by Kevin Wilson under Ellison and MGM chief executive Chris Brearton. The risk will be advised by a board of directors from both companies, including Annapurna's marketing manager David Kaminow and distribution manager Erik Lomis. Former Screen Gems executive Pam Kunath has been named COO by United Artists Releasing.
Senior members of Annapurna's theater publishing team will also join United Artists Releasing, including advertising head Adriene Bowles, advertising manager Michael Pavlic and media director Anne Yoo.
UAR will set up shop in West Hollywood, central to both Annapurna and MGM. The New York team will train by Annapurna's Manhattan offices in SoHo.