Harmony Films Takes U.S. Sales, Distribution In-House

LONDON - AVN award-winning producer Harmony Films is splitting from U.S. distro Evil Angel to bring its North American sales and distribution in-house. The British studio plans to launch its own Stateside sales division in Los Angeles by November.

"We enjoyed four great years working with Evil Angel but we feel the time has come to develop and grow the Harmony Films brand across the U.S. and North America," said Harmony sales and marketing manager Jason Maskell. "We feel this will be achievable by bringing full control back in-house. Evil Angel did a great job introducing the Harmony brand in the states, and for that we are truly grateful."

Harmony Films co-owner Steve Elvins cited an increased shooting schedule and new creative directions as factors in the company's decision to leave the Evil Empire.

"[Co-owner] Danny O'Sullivan and I are very grateful for the support that Evil Angel has given Harmony Films over the past couple of years," Elvins said. "We now would like to expand the brand by taking on a couple more directors so we can start to release three or possibly four films a month. When we released one film a month, it worked fine for both Evil Angel and ourselves - but we would not expect the situation to be mutually beneficial if we increase our releases. Our films will have a different feel and look to Evil Angel's, so this will create a marketing problem which would be easier resolved if Harmony Films stood on its own two feet."

The first titles to be released in November by Harmony Films' American arm will be Young Harlots: Dirty Secrets and Strangelove: Ladies of Pleasure.

For sales inquiries contact Harmony Films' Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Maskell at 0044 (0)20 8559 2736 or [email protected] for your region's distributor.

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