Palisades Park Pictures Closes Key Sales on Action Thriller DUCHESS Including US and UK

Saban Films has taken U.S. rights to Emmy Award nominee Neil Marshall’s (“Game of Thrones,” Hellboy) action-thriller Duchess, it was announced today by Palisades Park Pictures CEO, Tamara Birkemoe.   Palisades Park Pictures has additionally closed key international territories on the high-octane crime drama starring Charlotte Kirk (Ocean’s Eight. The Lair), Philip Winchester (”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Sean Pertwee (Fox’s “Gotham,” Event Horizon), Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Con Air with Nicolas Cage) and Stephanie Beacham (“Dynasty,” “The Colbys”).  Saban is expected to release in early 2024.

Palisades Park Pictures has locked international deals for Duchess with Vertigo Films for the UK, Amazon for Benelux, Videomite for Turkey, Selim Ramia & Co for the Middle East, Cinemundo for Portugal, Premiere 9 Entertainment LLP for India, Myndform for Iceland, Daro Film Distribution for Central Eastern Europe, M-Net for South Africa and Top Film Distribution for Ukraine.

Duchess follows no-nonsense Scarlett Monaghan (Charlotte Kirk) and her rise from a working-class petty criminal to becoming a ruthless organized crime leader in the seedy underbelly of the diamond smuggling circuit of Tenerife.

Produced by Emily Corcoran of Cork Films, and Kristyna Sellnerova, Duchess is executive produced by Joe Simpson, Simon Williams, Jonathan Bross and Matthew E. Chausse of Ashland Hill Media Finance, and Norman Merry and Peter Hampden of Lip Sync, as well as Jon Dean, Phil Rymer, Seth Sklar, Colin Egglesfield, Giada Falzoni, Charlotte Kirk and Neil Marshall. Marshall and Kirk also co-wrote the screenplay.

Other significant feature titles on the Palisades Park Pictures sales slate include That’s Amore! starring John Travolta, Katherine Heigl and Christopher Walken, written and to be directed by Academy Award-winner Nick Vallelonga, and Philip Noyce’s action-adventure Fast Charlie starring Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin and James Caan.

The U.S. rights deal was negotiated by Palisades’ Birkemoe with Stephen Break on behalf of Saban Films.

“We are delighted to be working with Saban Films and some of the top independent distributors on this action-packed crime-thriller directed by the talented Neil Marshall,” said Palisades Park Pictures CEO, Tamara Birkemoe. “We are excited to screen it at the AFM and to roll out the release next year.”


Founded in 2023, Palisades Park Pictures is a female-led independent entertainment company, focused on the global distribution, production, and financing of high-level, quality commercial content for a worldwide audience. Led by Tamara Birkemoe and backed by Ashland Hill Media Finance, Palisades Park Pictures is establishing itself as a home for ambitious, exciting storytelling with a global appeal.

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