By Sahil Patel
Starting with the iTunes premiere of the horror comedy “Creep,” which is a Duplass co-production in partnership with Blumhouse, The Orchard now commands worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, VOD, airline, DVD, and soundtrack rights to all films covered in the deal.
This includes four films the brothers are planning to produce exclusively for Netflix, which will also finance the projects as part of a multi-film pact inked at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Other films covered in the deal include Hannah Fidell’s “Six Years” and the Jay Duplass-starring “Manson Family Vacation,” both of which was acquired by Netflix at SXSW.
The deal continues the Duplass’ existing collaboration with The Orchard, which is distributing “The Overnight,” a comedy starring Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman. The first film in the partnership, “Creep,” debuts on iTunes on Tuesday, June 23.
The multi-film deal was negotiated by Jessica Lacy at ICM Partners, Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment, and Danielle DiGiacomo at The Orchard. The Duplass brothers are repped by ICM Partners.
In addition to its distribution business, The Orchard also operates a comScore-ranked YouTube network, which it primarily uses to market and promote films within its library.