SPHERE acquires film distributor MK2 | MILE END joining SPHERE FILMS
Sphere, a Canadian leader in the creation, adaptation, production and distribution of television and film content, is pleased to announce the acquisition of MK2 | MILE END, a major film distributor in Quebec and Canada. MK2 | MILE END is now part of Sphere Films and Charles Tremblay is named president of the division.
Sphère is already active in the international film distribution sector through its brand Sphère Films (formerly WaZabi Films). The team already in place, made up of Anick Poirier and Lorne Price, will continue to ensure successful sales of feature films on the international market.
Founded in 2017 by Charles Tremblay, MK2 l MILE END has since distinguished itself by distributing the best of Canadian and international cinema to Canadian audiences. The Montreal-based company recently announced that its business in English Canada is expanding with the hiring of established professionals to lead its development.
The company’s successes include numerous award-winning films, including Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, Palme d’or and Oscar for best film, Portrait of a young girl on fire by Céline Sciamma, Honeyland, the first documentary to receive two Oscar nominations and the Quebec films It was raining birds by Louise Archambault and Maria Chapdelaine by Sébastien Pilote. The distributor offers all its films on its platform launched in the spring of 2020. Since the beginning of the year, MK2 | MILE END launched six films in theaters including Julie (in 12 chapters), nominated for two Oscars and The Wolf and the Lion, which collected more than $850,000 at the Canadian box office.
“We consider ourselves privileged to be able to welcome the solid team of MK2 | MILE END directed by Charles Tremblay”, said Bruno Dubé, President and CEO of Sphere. “We wanted to expand our reach in the national and international film distribution sector in Quebec and Canada and found in MK2 | MILE END a solid partner with whom we share the same business vision. »
Charles Tremblay, President and Founder of MK2 | MILE END states: “Our association with mk2 was very productive and allowed us to become a key player in Canada in just 5 years. My team and I have set ourselves the goal of becoming the leading distributor of independent films in the country. By joining the large Sphere family, we ensure that we can support our growth. The entire Montreal and Toronto team will remain in place. We are also very pleased to be able to join forces with those of Anick Poirier and Lorne Price, who are experienced professionals respected throughout the industry. »
“We are very happy to have accompanied Charles Tremblay and his teams during these 5 years and salute the remarkable work that has made MK2 | MILE END a major player in distribution in Canada in such a short time,” adds Nathanaël Karmitz, President and CEO of mk2. “A new chapter is opening and it will allow the company to continue its development and Canadian viewers to access quality films in the best conditions. We wish the best and will continue to work closely in the future for the benefit of cinema and filmmakers around the world. »
Note that Sphère recently announced the unification of its brands in order to further support the creation, production and distribution of content, here and elsewhere, in a rapidly growing global market. In January 2022, it acquired the original animated content production company Sardine Production, which became Sphère Animation.
One of Canada’s largest creators, producers and distributors, Sphere serves the local and international market with a premium content offering across all genres, including documentaries, feature films, fiction series, soap operas , trivia, magazines, variety shows, major TV events, 2D animation and digital projects. Based in Montreal and Toronto, the three divisions of Sphère (Sphère Média, Sphère Animation and Sphère Films) have more than 200 multidisciplinary employees, supported by more than 9,000 freelancers.
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