Eros inks deal with Rose Movies

MUMBAI: Eros International has inked a four movie output deal with Goldie Behl’s Rose Movies, which will commence with Drona, a costume drama starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra in December 2006.

Eros’ association with Rose began when it distributed Bhel’s first film Bus Itna Sa Khwab Hain.

Following on from the association on Omkara, Eros has taken a 64 per cent stake in Big Screen. Big Screen has signed up Ajay Devgan for future projects as well as directors like Rohit Shetty, Soham and Anil Devgan, asserts an official.

Two productions are already underway, one of which titled No Smoking starring John Abraham. The movie is expected to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007.

Eros International chairman and CEO Kishore Lulla said, “Since our flotation we have focused on pursuing our key strategic objectives as a vertically integrated group within the Indian media and entertainment arena. The success of these initiatives has contributed to strong organic growth and coupled with the phenomenal growth in the Indian media sector, we believe that Eros is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the sector."

The releases that are now lined up from Eros are Salaam-e-Ishq, Provoked, Speed, I See You and Nanhe Jaisalmer.The Film Music albums and soundtrack planned for release by Eros during the financial year ending March 2007 include I See You, Kudiyon Ka Hain Zamana, Mr Black Mr White, Chinni Kum and Provoked.

In addition to cinema distribution, the group continues to focus on expanding the home entertainment mainstream distribution network. Eros titles are now available through HMV, Virgin, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Amazon amongst others channels.

Eros plans to launch its first set of high definition titles in the near future with current box office releases and digitally remastered classic titles from the catalogue. The Group plans to focus on expanding its extensive global distribution network with special focus on syndication, new media while tapping into the growing Indian market, adds the release.

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