COHEN MEDIA GROUP AND KINO LORBER SIGN HOME ENTERTAINMENT DISTRIBUTION DEAL
New York, NY (October 27, 2020) – Cohen Media Group today announced it has entered into an agreement with Kino Lorber Inc. in which Kino will distribute all Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection Blu-ray and DVD titles. The deal was announced jointly by CMG Chairman and CEO Charles S. Cohen and Kino Lorber President and CEO, Richard Lorber.
The new arrangement will begin with Cohen’s December 2020 releases, starting with Cohen Film Collection’s Buster Keaton Collection Vol 4: Go West and College, with a street date of December 8. Over 200+ Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection titles will now be available through Kino Lorber and on Kino Lorber’s transactional VOD platform, Kino Now, including cinema landmarks such as the Merchant Ivory Collection.
Cohen Media Group, a leading producer and distributor of independent, foreign and arthouse films, releases special edition Blu-rays and DVDs of the films in its vast library, under both its Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection labels as well on as its streaming Cohen Media Channel. Kino Lorber distributes world cinema titles as well as U.S. independents and silent films to theaters and on home video platforms.
Recent acclaimed Cohen Film Group releases include Ash Is Purest White, The Great Buster, Forgotten We’ll Be and Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, and, on Blu-ray and DVD, Quartet, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs and Britt-Marie Was Here.
CMG Senior Vice President Robert Aaronson said, “We are excited to partner Kino to expand our reach in the home entertainment market. The ancillary market is very valuable to the Cohen audience and we look forward to working with such a strong partner”
Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said, “We’re honored to become partners in distribution for the curatorially distinguished collection Charles and his team have brilliantly assembled over many years. Our cinema DNA’s beautifully align and we will husband this collection with the utmost care. Film lovers will reap the true rewards with new access to Cohen cinematic treasures.”
About Cohen Media Group (www.cohenmedia.net)
Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, Cohen Media Group, LLC (CMG) is a leading producer and distributor of independent, foreign and arthouse films in North America. Cohen Media Group is today the largest American distributor of French films in the United States, while its specialty label, the Cohen Film Collection, releases restored and remastered editions of classic Hollywood and foreign films on digital platforms, Blu-ray and DVD. Cohen Media Group has distributed over 120 feature films and 10 shorts and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. CMG releases include The Salesman from Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Oscar nominated Faces Places and The Insult. The Company has also acquired the rights to over 800 films, including cinema landmarks from Douglas Fairbanks and Buster Keaton and Merchant Ivory Productions, best known for Howards End and Maurice. Additionally, Cohen Media Group has several feature film and television productions currently in the works and most recently launched the Cohen Media Channel, an SVOD channel, which is now available on Amazon. In 2018, Cohen Media Group acquired Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest specialized theatre chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets.
About Kino Lorber
With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.