Wild Bunch AG is a pan-European film distribution and international sales company, originally created in 1979 as Senator Film Verleih GmbH, which later became Senator Entertainment AG. The name Wild Bunch comes from the French company Wild Bunch S.A., created in 2002, which became a subsidiary of Senator Entertainment in February 2015. Senator Entertainment AG renamed itself Wild Bunch AG in July 2015. Wild Bunch has distributed and sold films such as Land of the Dead (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Che (2008), Whatever Works (2009), The King's Speech (2010), The Artist (2011), Titane and Where Is Anne Frank (2021).
Television (as of September 2015)
|Predecessor||Senator Entertainment AG |
Wild Bunch S.A.
|Founded||1979 (as Senator Film Verleih GmbH) |
2002 (as Wild Bunch S.A.)
|Ronald Meyer (CEO) |
Sophie Jordan (co-CEO)
Brahim Chioua (COO)
Wild Bunch is also the international seller of Studio Ghibli's works and since September 2020, have taken over work from Disney to become Ghibli's theatrical, home media and television distributor in France.
In 2011, Wild Bunch took a majority stake (by means of an equity purchase made through a cash injection) of the Spanish indie distributor Vértigo Films.
In July 2014, the German film distributor Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch announced their intention to join forces to launch an independent film distribution and production group. In February 2015, Senator Entertainment and Wild Bunch completed their merger. Senator Entertainment AG subsequently renamed themselves to Wild Bunch AG and will use Senator as a brand.
In May 2015, Wild Bunch formed a Los Angeles-based company, Insiders, to handle international sales of independent films led by Vincent Maraval. In February 2016, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that a stake in that outfit had been sold to Bliss Media, a Chinese film production and distribution company. In May 2016, Insiders and MadRiver Pictures joined forces to form an international sales joint venture, IMR international.
On 24 July 2018, Wild Bunch received approval from the Tribunal de commerce to move ahead with their restructuring plans. At the beginning of July 2019, the company reorganized all of their international sales activities into a new division, Wild Bunch International. At the beginning of June 2021, they formed the genre-oriented label Wild West with fellow French studio Capricci, and 2 weeks later, announced a 50/50 animation-oriented sales partnership with French animation distributor Gebeka Films at the 62nd Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Wild Bunch is a film sales company and also a pan-European film distributor.
Wild Bunch also positioned itself on the digital distribution market through its VoD/SVoD subsidiary Filmo TV.
Wild Bunch manages more than 1700 titles.
Major awards received by films distributed or sold by Wild BunchEdit
- The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius in 2012: Best Picture (Thomas Langmann), Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Original Score (Ludovic Bource), and Best Costume Design (Mark Bridges)
- The King's Speech by Tom Hooper in 2011: Best Picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin), Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)
- Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro in 2007: Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography
- March of the Penguins by Luc Jacquet in 2006: Best Documentary
- Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki in 2003: Best Animated Feature
- Before, Now & Then by Kamila Andini in 2022: Silver Bear for Outstanding Supporting Performance for Laura Basuki
- The Wayward Cloud by Tsai Ming-liang in 2005: Silver Bear of Outstanding Artistic Achievement
- Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki in 2002: Golden Bear
- Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda in 2018: Palme d'Or
- I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach in 2016: Palme d'Or
- Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard in 2014: Prix du Jury
- Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche in 2013: Palme d'Or
- The Angels' Share by Ken Loach in 2012: Prix du Jury
- Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu in 2012: Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Cristina Flutur et Cosmina Stratan
- The Kid with a Bike by Dardenne brothers in 2011: Grand Prix
- The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius in 2011: Best Actor for Jean Dujardin
- Polisse by Maïwenn in 2011: Prix du Jury
- Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois in 2010: Grand Prix du Jury
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu in 2007: Palme d'Or
- Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore in 2004: Palme d'Or
- Old Boy by Park Chan-wook in 2004: Grand Prix du Jury
- At Five in the Afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf in 2003: Prix du jury
- Chi-hwa-seon by Im Kwon-taek in 2002: Best Cinematography
- The Son's Room by Nanni Moretti in 2001: Palme d'Or
- Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf in 2000: Prix du Jury
- Tartaglione, Nancy (20 January 2020). "Netflix To Add 21 Animated Films From Japan's Legendary Studio Ghibli". Deadline. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
- @WildBunch (11 September 2020). "Wild Bunch est fier de retrouver son..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (6 September 2002). "Wild Bunch goes independent as Exception". Screen International. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Fabre, Clarisse; Regnier, Isabelle (15 February 2011). "Wild Bunch : les mousquetaires de la distribution". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Hopewell, John; Keslassy, Elsa (20 September 2011). "Wild Bunch takes stake in Spain's Vertigo". Variety.
- Keslassy, Elsa (24 July 2014). "Germany's Senator and France's Wild Bunch Join Forces to Launch Distribution and Production Group". Variety. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Keslassy, Elsa (5 February 2015). "Senator Completes Merger With Wild Bunch". Variety. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Keslassy, Elsa (8 July 2015). "Germany's Senator Entertainment Rebranded as Wild Bunch AG". Variety. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
- Lowe, Kinsey. "Wild Bunch Setting Up Insiders Foreign Sales Unit In LA: Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- "China's Bliss Media Takes Stake in Wild Bunch's Insiders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- "Wild Bunch & Bliss Media's Insiders JV Merges International Sales Operations With MadRiver Pictures". Deadline Hollywood.
- Patrick Hipes and Andreas Wiseman (24 July 2018). "Wild Bunch's Restructuring Plan Moves Forward". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- Andreas Wiseman (1 July 2019). "Wild Bunch Reorganizes International Film Sales Division". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- Andreas Wiseman (1 June 2021). "Wild Bunch Launches New Genre Label Wild West With Capricci". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- Andreas Wiseman (17 June 2021). "Wild Bunch Launches New Animation Sales Company With French Firm Gebeka". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- "Wild Bunch Distribution". www.wildbunch-distribution.com.
- "Wild Side Video". www.wildside.fr.
- James, Nick Vivarelli,Alison; Vivarelli, Nick; James, Alison (19 October 2007). "Wild Bunch teams up with BIM".
- "Wild Bunch and Senator form partnership". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema.
- "Wild Bunch Continues Buying Spree With Majority Stake in Vertigo". The Hollywood Reporter.