Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation (“Alliance Entertainment”), a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, and collectibles, today announced its partnership with the distributor, streaming service and production company, MUBI.
MUBI is dedicated to elevating great cinema and distributes, produces and champions visionary films from iconic directors to emerging auteurs, connecting them to audiences all over the world. Introducing MUBI into the Alliance Entertainment distribution channel is a strategic opportunity for suppliers, retailers, and Alliance Entertainment to increase revenues by diversifying content offerings. Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, will manage sales and distribution of MUBI’s physical sell-through releases in North America.
The partnership will commence with the release of feature film Decision to Leave directed, co-written, and produced by Park Chan-wook following its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Director’s Prize, and had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. MUBI will release Decision to Leave in US theaters starting October 14, 2022.
“MUBI is a perfect complement to our distribution portfolio,” said Ben Means, President of Distribution Solutions. “We look forward to collaborating with their team to reach premium film buyers in the US marketplace.”
“MUBI is excited to be partnering with Distribution Solutions to bring our strong curatorial voice to home entertainment in the US,” said Chris Wells, MUBI’s Director of Distribution, US. “Not only will we be distributing the best in cinema in theaters and via streaming on MUBI, we will now also be releasing our films in deluxe edition Blu-rays.”
MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor dedicated to elevating great cinema. MUBI makes, acquires, curates, and champions visionary films, connecting them to audiences all over the world.
MUBI is a place to discover ambitious films from iconic directors to emerging auteurs. A new hand-picked film arrives on the platform every day, each carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators. Notebook explores all sides of cinema culture — both in print and online. And with MUBI GO, members in select countries can get a free ticket every week to see the best new films in cinemas. Some recent and upcoming MUBI Releases include Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave, Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, Lukas Dhont’s Close, Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman, Aftersun from Charlotte Wells, Leos Carax’s Annette, Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, Julia Ducournau’s Titane, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, First Cow from Kelly Reichardt, Ben Sharrock’s Limbo, Pablo Larraín’s Ema, and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria; MUBI’s co-productions include Michel Franco’s upcoming film Memory, Mia Hansen-Løve’s One Fine Morning, Ekwa Msangi’s Sundance prize-winner Farewell Amor and Rachel Lang’s Our Men.
MUBI is the biggest community of film lovers, available across 190 countries, with more than 12 million members around the world. MUBI acquired renowned sales agent and production company The Match Factory and Match Factory Productions in January 2022.
On June 23, 2022, Alliance Entertainment announced that it will become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Adara Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ADRA, ADRA.U, ADRA.WS) (“Adara”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, at which point the combined company’s common stock is expected to trade on the NYSE American under the ticker symbol “AENT”.
About Alliance Entertainment
Alliance Entertainment is a premier distributor of music, movies, and consumer electronics. We offer 485,000 unique in stock SKU’s, including over 57,300 exclusive compact discs, vinyl LP records, DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. Complementing our vast media catalog, we also stock a full array of related accessories, toys and collectibles. With more than thirty-five years of distribution experience, Alliance Entertainment serves customers of every size, providing a robust suite of services to resellers and retailers worldwide. Our efficient processing and essential seller tools noticeably reduce the costs associated with administrating multiple vendor relationships, while helping omni-channel retailers expand their product selection and fulfillment goals. For more information visit www.aent.com.
About Adara Acquisition Corp.
Adara raised $115 million in February 2021 and its securities are listed on the NYSE American under the ticker symbols “NYSE: ADRA, ADRA.U, ADRA.WS”. Adara is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization, or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. Adara is led by its CEO, Thomas Finke (former Chairman and CEO of Barings LLC) and its director, W. Tom Donaldson (founder of Blystone & Donaldson). In addition to Messrs. Finke and Donaldson, Adara’s Board of Directors also include Frank Quintero, Dylan Glenn and Beatriz Acevedo-Greiff.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.adaraspac.com
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