Apr 23, 2015, Press Release
Irvine, CA, April 23, 2015 -- Broadside Enterprises, Inc. (OTC PINK: BRSE) announced today that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has secured its first distribution deal in the Middle East with Front Row Filmed Entertainment (“Front Row”) for its initial slate of four horror pictures based on branded properties.
Emaji recently announced a reboot of the horror franchise “The Howling,” the first film under this deal. The agreement identifies the second of the four projects. This picture will be announced shortly.
“Front Row is exactly the type of innovator in film distribution that we are looking to be in business with,” said Robert Atwell, Chairman of Emaji.
Front Row is a leading Middle Eastern distributor that released 35 films in 2013 and 42 films in 2014 including such titles “A Walk Among Tombstones,” “Begin Again,” “The Woman in Black 2” and “The Guest.”
The company was formed by Gianluca Chakra in 2003 under the aegis of his father Michel. In little over 10 years, Front Row managed to acquire over 870 titles. The young company’s first major success was “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the first documentary ever to be released theatrically in the Middle East.
The same year, Front Row began a three year relationship with Warner Bros Pictures to service their films in the Gulf Region for their local distributor releasing such titles as “Syriana,” “Harry Potter,” and “Superman Returns.” In 2005, Front Row struck a long term strategic alliance and partnership with the Kuwait National Cinema Company, which has been in the theatrical exhibition business since 1954 and currently controls 94% of all screens in Kuwait. Kuwait currently represent 36 % of the Middle Eastern movie business.
In 2007, the company released “Rush Hour 3” which became the biggest Independent film to be released that year. In 2012, Front Row became the only independent film company to beat a US major studio on the DU/Vobiquity video-on-demand platform in the United Arab Emirates. In collaboration with The Orbit Showtime Network, Front Row created a new day-and-date window for the territory of Saudi Arabia offering viewers the chance to watch theatrical titles directly in their homes at a premium price. And in June 2014, Front Row and iTunes/Apple Inc. entered into an agreement for Front Row to become the sole official iTunes aggregator for the Middle East.
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Broadside Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: BRSE), based in Irvine, California, is a publicly traded company with three divisions: Sports, Entertainment, and Ventures.
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