Streaming firm and distributor Mubi continues to ramp up operations exterior of its conventional enterprise mannequin and has in the present day closed a deal to purchase The Match Factory, the Germany-based gross sales and manufacturing firm.
The Match Factory’s present administration crew will stay in place and can proceed to work out of Berlin in Cologne, whereas additionally increasing their presence by way of Mubi’s workplaces in London, New York and Los Angeles.
The firm’s roster of credit contains Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and Oscar-nominated titles corresponding to Waltz With Bashir and Toni Erdmann.
Mubi has beforehand struck offers with The Match Factory for titles together with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria and two titles at present Oscar shortlisted for Best International Feature: Sebastian Meise’s multi-prize successful Great Freedom and Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers for the Stolen.
Efe Cakarel, Founder & CEO of Mubi mentioned: “As long time partners of The Match Factory we have gained tremendous admiration and respect for Michael and his team. We could not be more excited for them to join us in pursuing the goal we clearly share: to bring beautiful cinema to film lovers around the world. MUBI and The Match Factory are highly complementary businesses and we look forward to joining together with our friends.”
Michael Weber, Managing Director of The Match Factory mentioned: “When I embarked on the The Match Factory journey together with my partners Reinhard Brundig, Viola Fügen, Thania Dimitrakopoulou, Jenny Walendy and the late Karl Baumgartner, I envisioned discovering filmmakers and their stories, working with them and bringing their finest work out to the world. I have taken great pleasure and satisfaction throughout the years with the many encounters with truly gifted people, creative minds, generous souls. Cinema is a vibrant and living ecosystem, constantly altering and expanding.”