Wild Bunch (company)
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|Traded as||FWB: WBAG|
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.)
|Vincent Grimond (CEO)
Brahim Chioua (COO)
Markus Maximilian Sturm (CFO)
Vincent Maraval (CCO)
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.
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. In February 2015, Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch completed their merger. Senator Entertainment AG subsequently renamed themselves to Wild Bunch AG and will use Senator as a brand.
In May 2015, Wild Bunch announced the founding of a new LA-based company, Insiders, to handle international sales of independent films. 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. 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.
Wild Bunch is a film sales company and also a pan-European film distributor.
Wild Bunch also positioned itself on the digital distribution market through its VoD/SVoD subsidiary Filmo TV.
Wild Bunch manages more than 1700 titles.
Major awards received by films distributed or sold by Wild Bunch
- The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius in 2012: Best Picture (Thomas Langmann), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Original Score (Ludovic Bource), and Best Costume Design (Mark Bridges)
- The King's Speech by Tom Hooper in 2011: Best Picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin), Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)
- Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro in 2007: Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography
- March of the Penguins by Luc Jacquet in 2006: Best Documentary
- Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki in 2003: Best Animated Feature
- The Wayward Cloud by Tsai Ming-liang in 2005: Siver Bear of Outstanding Artistic Achievement
- Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki in 2002: Golden Bear
- I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach in 2016: Palme d'Or
- Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard in 2014: Prix du Jury
- Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche in 2013: Palme d'Or
- The Angels' Share by Ken Loach in 2012: Prix du Jury
- Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu in 2012: Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Cristina Flutur et Cosmina Stratan
- The Kid with a Bike by Dardenne brothers in 2011: Grand Prix
- The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius en 2011: Best Actor for Jean Dujardin
- Polisse by Maïwenn in 2011: Prix du Jury
- Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois in 2010: Grand Prix du Jury
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu in 2007: Palme d'Or
- Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore in 2004: Palme d'Or
- Old Boy by Park Chan-wook in 2004: Grand Prix du Jury
- At Five in the Afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf in 2003: Prix du jury
- Chi-hwa-seon by Im Kwon-taek in 2002: Best Cinematography
- The Son's Room by Nanni Moretti in 2001: Palme d'Or
- Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf in 2000: Prix du Jury
- Jackie by Pablo Larraín in 2016: Golden Osella and Best Screenplay Award
- Mr. Nobody by Jaco Van Dormael in 2009: Golden Osella
- The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky in 2008: Golden Lion
- Golden Door by Emanuele Crialese in 2006: Silver Lion
- Mary by Abel Ferrara in 2005: Special Jury Prize
- The Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan in 2002: Golden Lion
- Tartaglione, Nancy (September 6, 2002). "Wild Bunch goes independent as Exception". Screen International. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Fabre, Clarisse; Regnier, Isabelle (February 15, 2011). "Wild Bunch : les mousquetaires de la distribution". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Keslassy, Elsa (July 24, 2014). "Germany’s Senator and France’s Wild Bunch Join Forces to Launch Distribution and Production Group". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Keslassy, Elsa (February 5, 2015). "Senator Completes Merger With Wild Bunch". Variety. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Keslassy, Elsa (July 8, 2015). "Germany’s Senator Entertainment Rebranded as Wild Bunch AG". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- Lowe, Kinsey. "Wild Bunch Setting Up Insiders Foreign Sales Unit In LA: Cannes". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
- "China's Bliss Media Takes Stake in Wild Bunch's Insiders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
- "Wild Bunch & Bliss Media's Insiders JV Merges International Sales Operations With MadRiver Pictures". Deadline.com.
- Wild Bunch Distribution
- Wild Side