Wild Bunch (company)

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Wild Bunch AG
Aktiengesellschaft
Traded as FWBWBAG
ISIN DE000A13SXB0
Industry Motion Pictures
Television (as of September 2015)
Predecessor Senator Entertainment AG
Wild Bunch S.A.
Founded 1979 (as Senator Film Verleih GmbH)
2002 (as Wild Bunch S.A.)
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Area served
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Austria
Key people
Vincent Grimond (CEO)
Brahim Chioua (COO)
Markus Maximilian Sturm (CFO)
Vincent Maraval (CCO)
Divisions
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (France)
  • Wild Side (France)
  • Filmo TV (France)
  • BiM Distribuzione (Italy)
  • Wild Bunch Germany
  • Central Film Verleih (Germany)
  • Vértigo Films (Spain)
  • Wild Bunch Austria
  • Wild Bunch TV
  • Insiders (Los Angeles, California, United States) (joint venture with Bliss Media)
Website wildbunch.eu

Wild Bunch AG is a German film distribution and international sales company, originally created in 1979 as Senator Film Verleih GmbH, which later became Senator Entertainment AG. The name Wild Bunch comes from the French company Wild Bunch S.A., created in 2002, which became a subsidiary of Senator Entertainment in February 2015. Senator Entertainment AG renamed itself Wild Bunch AG in July 2015. Wild Bunch has distributed and sold films such as Land of the Dead (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Che (2008), Whatever Works (2009), The King's Speech (2010), and The Artist (2011).

Wild Bunch is also the international seller of Studio Ghibli's works.

History[edit]

Originally a division of StudioCanal,[1] Wild Bunch S.A. was established as an independent company in 2002 by former employees of StudioCanal.[2]

In July 2014, the German film distributor Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch announced their intention to join forces to launch an independent film distribution and production group.[3] In February 2015, Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch completed their merger.[4] Senator Entertainment AG subsequently renamed themselves to Wild Bunch AG and will use Senator as a brand.[5]

In May 2015, Wild Bunch announced the founding of a new LA-based company, Insiders, to handle international sales of independent films.[6] In February 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a majority stake in this outfit has since been sold to Bliss Media, a Chinese film production and distribution company.[7] Also, as of May 2016, Insiders has merged its international sales operations with fellow independent film company MadRiver Pictures into a joint venture called IMR International.[8]

Activities[edit]

Wild Bunch is a film sales company and also a pan-European film distributor.

France[edit]

In France, Wild Bunch is a theatrical distributor[9] and also a video distributor through its subsidiary Wild Side.[10]

Wild Bunch also positioned itself on the digital distribution market through its VoD/SVoD subsidiary Filmo TV.

Worldwide[edit]

Apart from its international sales activities, Wild Bunch is also a direct distributor in Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain.[11][12][13]

Catalogue[edit]

Wild Bunch manages more than 1700 titles.

Major awards received by films distributed or sold by Wild Bunch[edit]

Tom Hooper and Colin Firth at a ceremony for Firth to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Academy Awards[edit]

Berlin International Film Festival[edit]

Cannes Film Festival[edit]

Venice Film Festival[edit]

References[edit]

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