Programme to launch with Mozart’s Così fan tutte
LIVE broadcast from Royal Opera House in London on September 10 at 2 PM ET/11 PST.

Toronto, Canada – Tuesday, September 7, 2010 – D FILMS, Canada’s fastest growing distribution company, has signed an exclusive, long-term output deal with New York-based Emerging Pictures to distribute a mix of world class alternate programming in cinemas across Canada. The announcement was made today by President of Acquisitions of D FILMS, Tony Cianciotta and by Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures, Ira Deutchman.

Emerging Pictures is the largest all-digital Specialty Film and Alternate Content theatre network in the United States. The agreement includes Canadian distribution rights to Emerging’s alternative programming for cinemas, including live opera and ballet from London’s Royal Opera House and Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre. Emerging’s Opera In Cinema series, now in its fourth year, includes live operas from Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu, and will now also include two new series – Ballet In Cinema and Shakespeare In Cinema.

The program will launch in Canada on Sept 10 with Mozart’s great audience favourite Così fan tutte broadcast live via satellite from the Royal Opera House in London.

“We are very excited to be in business with Emerging Pictures,” said Tony Cianciotta. “Emerging has done a fantastic job of establishing themselves as the premier supplier of alternative content in North America. We look forward to bringing some of the best productions in the world to Canadian cinemas where our audiences can experience the immediacy of live performances of the masters up close, and all for a very affordable price.

Said Jim Sherry, President and CEO of D FILMS: “Through this deal, we continue to implement our business plan of accumulating a diversified portfolio that provides us scale and relevance. This long-term exclusive output deal with Emerging Pictures instantaneously provides D Films with one of the largest supplies of alternative content in Canada.”

“I’ve known both Jim and Tony for many years,” said Deutchman, “and I can’t think of a better team to help us maximize the Canadian market for our content. This partnership is a big win for both parties.” The deal was negotiated by Jim Sherry and by Tony Cianciotta for D FILMS and by Ira Deutchman on behalf of Emerging Pictures.


Founded in May 2009 by President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Sherry, D FILMS is Canada’s fastest growing motion picture distribution company. The full service marketing and motion picture distribution boutique acquires exclusive, long term rights to filmed entertainment across all media platforms, including theatrical, television, home entertainment and Internet. In addition to holding an exclusive long-term, multi-picture output deal with leading UK Sales and distribution company, the Icon UK group, D FILMS has acquired exclusive, long term rights to 12 additional independently produced motion pictures, including the eagerly awaited feature films I’m Still Here, directed by Casey Affleck, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Monsters, which is scheduled for national release on November 5, 2010 following its Canadian premiere at TIFF. D FILMS is a strong supporter of the Canadian film industry, with plans to distribute approximately two indigenously produced feature films annually, beginning with Winnie, the biographical drama starring Oscar® winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and Academy® Award nominee Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, to be released in early 2011.


Emerging Pictures is managed by co-founders Barry Rebo and Ira Deutchman. Its Emerging Cinemas Network is the largest all-digital specialty film and alternate content theater network in North America. The company’s i-cinema technology has become the de facto standard for independent film and alternative programming, with over 80 venues in the U.S. as well as a growing presence across the globe – from London to Latvia. Emerging’s network includes traditional art houses, museums, performing arts centers and commercial multiplexes, including Carmike, Harkins, Allen Theatres, and others. The company also distributes programming worldwide under its Opera in Cinema, Ballet in Cinema and Shakespeare in Cinema brands.

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