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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Sunday May 26, 2019 



Three specialised talents - marketing indie films, national distribution and local production - have come together in a new venture, Transmission, driven by the co-venture between Paramount Pictures and the dynamic duo of Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie, who have left the Dendy stable to set up Transmission – and hooked in a non-exclusive deal with Emile Sherman and Iain Canning’s See-Saw Productions.

In partnership with Paramount Pictures International and Paramount Home Entertainment, Transmission will co-fund the acquisition of local and international projects. Transmission will utilize the expertise of Paramount’s distribution operation across all rights, with Payten and Mackie bringing their respected marketing and acquisition vision to all Transmission releases. This combination ensures the focused, hands-on attention to detail of an independent with the marketing and sales strength of a major studio.

See-Saw Films, the newly established Australia/UK film production venture of Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, will collaborate with Transmission to non-exclusively supply projects tailored for the Australian/NZ marketplace. Transmission will source Australian/NZ projects from all producers in the territory, with UK based Canning forming part of the Transmission acquisitions team.

Two of PPI’s prior acquisitions Dean Spanley, directed by Toa Fraser and starring Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Bryan Brown, and Good, directed by Vicente Amorim and starring Viggo Mortensen will be redirected for release through the new venture.

“After six very rewarding years at Dendy Films, we couldn’t be happier about being in control of our own destinies once again. With the partnership of Mike Selwyn, Paul Muller and our friends at Paramount, we are well and truly positioned to forge something very unique. For filmmakers, it is truly the best of both worlds”, says Payten and Mackie. “We are also delighted to be partnering with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, whose considerable taste and talent will be an incredible asset to Transmission.”

”It’s a real pleasure to be working with Richard and Andrew again,” says Mike Selwyn, Managing Director Paramount Pictures Australia. “They have a tremendous reputation in the independent film business and we are looking forward to a very productive collaboration. When PPI was launched in January 2007, one of the main strategic objectives was to supplement our studio line-up with strong independent product and this deal will be a major step towards that.” Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paul Muller adds, “Richard and Andrew have been on the leading edge of Australian independent film and I believe this new venture gives us an opportunity to expand our formidable slate with some dynamic and locally relevant films.”

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