Theatrical doc distributor Seventh Art Releasing in Los Angeles has signed a first-look deal with New York-based Koch Lorber Films to release several of its titles on DVD. About five titles will be released this year, with more to follow in 2004. The first two – Richard Trank’s Academy Award-winning doc The Long Way Home (1997) and its sequel, In Search of Peace (2001) – will be released in September.
‘We’re collaborating on the acquisitions process to come up with business models that make sense for both of us,’ says Koch Lorber prez Richard Lorber. The DVD label, launched in February, will source and produce any bonus materials included on the discs. Seventh Art will be consulted, and will have input on marketing and design.
‘In our business, we can’t overlook video,’ notes Udy Epstein, a founder of Seventh Art. ‘We have to try to exploit the films in every medium. It’s very important to move units that will bring in money for us and the filmmaker.”
Lorber estimates docs will comprise about 25% of the company’s rollout. He also notes that he’s now negotiating for DVD rights with several other doc producers and prodcos.