'Norwegian Ninja'

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Santa Monica, CA (November 3, 2010)– Entertainment One and Celluloid Nightmares have closed a deal for the UK/Canadian rights to NORWEGIAN NINJA, director Thomas Malling’s Norwegian action-comedy which recently screened at two of the premiere genre film festivals: Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain.

Negotiations on the deal closed this week at AFM, negotiated by Celluloid Nightmares executives and Jo Sweby for Entertainment One.  The film will be playing at the upcoming AFI Fest in conjunction with AFM for the midnight screening slot at 11:59pm on November 7th.

Norwegian Ninja is a novel twist on the true story of Arne Treholt, the Cold War Norwegian diplomat charged with spying for the Russians. The storyline posits that Treholt was in a fact a ninja entrusted by King Olav to lead a secret force of shadow warriors. The film stars Mads Ousdal, Jon Oigarden and Linn Stokke and is produced by Eric Vogel.

Celluloid Nightmares’ partners said, “Entertainment One has impeccable taste and truly knows how to market a unique film like ‘Norwegian Ninja,’ so we are thrilled the project will be in good hands.”

In addition to NINJA, Celluloid Nightmares’ AFM slate includes ATROCIOUS, which was acquired at the Sitges Film Festival in October. A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE which was acquired for English-speaking territories by Anchor Bay immediately following its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and the buddy mockumentary FUBAR: GODS OF BLUNDER which opened Toronto’s Midnight Madness.

About Celluloid Nightmares

Celluloid Nightmares marks a new alliance between Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams and the Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, founded by partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian. The company is focused on the acquisition and worldwide sales of elevated genre films from around the globe with XYZ partner Todd Brown heading up acquisitions.

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.