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May 23, 2012 01:43 ET

California Pictures Inks Deal on the Sci-Fi Action Thriller "Scavengers" at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival

CANNES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - California Pictures announced today that it has sold distribution rights to the sci-fi action thriller, "SCAVENGERS," to Germany's Splendid Film GMBH. The deal -- which includes all German-speaking territories as well as Benelux -- was made for California Pictures by Camelot Distribution Group at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, where the film's trailer was just unveiled. "SCAVENGERS," which is currently in final post-production, stars Sean Patrick Flanery ("The Boondock Saints," "Powder"), Jeremy London (The CW's "7th Heaven" and "Party of Five"), and Roark Critchlow (ABC's "V"). Steven Istock, President of California Pictures, made today's announcement at Cannes.

"We are very happy to be working with the Splendid Film team," said Steven Istock. "Splendid Film is a great company for 'SCAVENGERS' and we are thrilled to have them as our partner with this film. This deal follows some terrific meetings we have had in Cannes as we've received incredible interest in the film."

Directed by Travis Zariwny, "SCAVENGERS" follows two rival space crews that battle to obtain superior technology known as the Chaos Generator that threatens the balance of the known universe. Hotly pursued by their rival, one crew must fight through the deepest reaches of space to protect the life-altering device.

Previously, California Pictures produced and distributed "A Warrior's Heart," which made its debut at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival, and stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene (of "Twilight" fame), as well as Chord Overstreet (Fox's "Glee"), Gabrielle Anwar ("Burn Notice"), and Adam Beach ("Flags of our Fathers"). "A Warrior's Heart" was released theatrically by Xenon Pictures and on premium VOD by Warner Brothers. The film was also distributed on DVD across North America, as well as sold internationally. The film was ranked the #1 independently produced film on iTunes earlier this year.

California Pictures was founded in 1944 by Howard Hughes and producer/director/writer Preston Sturges. The two joined forces and created an independent production company, which allowed California Pictures to welcome the rise of independent producers during the late 1940's.

California Pictures was reincorporated in 2008 by Steven Istock. Earlier this year, California Pictures signed on to produce and package "After the Storm," a drama from writer-director Cole Wiley that has Wendell Pierce (HBO's "The Wire") attached to star. The company's upcoming production slate includes the action film "The Golden State," the "Scavengers" prequel, and the comedy "1978." Mr. Istock and his team are currently writing two family films and a British epic mini-series that will be produced by California Pictures as well.

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