MBO for Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia

Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia MD Marilyn Greig has bought the home entertainment distributor from its US parent Starz.

Greig, who has been MD since 2010, will continue to distribute the Anchor Bay Entertainment library including Starz series Black Sails, Spartacus and The White Queen.

“I’m positive about the business,” Greig tells IF. “There is a lot of life left in the physical market and digital is growing.”

The Australian company will change its name and Greig said there may be a staff restructure.

The upcoming line-up includes a bunch of titles Greig had acquired such as Bus 657 (Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista),  The Loft (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Rachael Taylor), The Runner (Nicolas Cage), Jackie & Ryan (Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes ) and The Road Within (Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, Zoe Kravitz). The company will also continue to handle CSI and Doc Martin.

Greig said she expects to release two films per month plus TV content, and she is looking at the potential to release theatrically The Road Within, a US remake of the 2010 German dramedy Vincent Wants to Sea.