Maya Entertainment Gets “Between Us” with Foreign Rights


The Julia Stiles, Melissa George, Taye Diggs Film Hits EFM

LOS ANGELES, CA – Maya Entertainment Group, Inc., a leading independent multi-platform content and distribution company based in Los Angeles, has acquired from Slamdance Co-Founder, Dan Mirvish’s Bugeater Films, the foreign rights to “Between Us, starring Julia Stiles (“The Bourne Trilogy”), Melissa George (“30 Days of Night”), Taye Diggs (ABC’s “Private Practice”), and David Harbour (“The Green Hornet”).  The film now in post-production will be available for sale at Berlin 2012.

The film based, on the hit off-Broadway play of the same name, was penned by Dan Mirvish (“Open House”) and playwright Joe Hortua.  “Between Us” is an intense drama exploring the bittersweet friendships between two couples who meet as old friends and discover their lives are tarnished by money, success, sex and children.

“This is our first endeavor with Dan and we couldn’t be more excited,” states Elias Axume, President, International Distribution for Maya Entertainment.  “Dan has adapted the play into a truly cinematic experience; that coupled with an all-star cast, is sure to bring us success at this year’s market.”

The film is produced by Dan Mirvish, Hans C. Ritter, and Mike S. Ryan and executive produced by Brent Stiefel, with cinematography by Nancy Schreiber, ASC.  Mirvish, who also directed the film, states “I’m looking forward to working with Maya to help bring the movie to a global audience. This powerhouse cast was amazing to work with, and I know their performances will blow people away.”

The deal was negotiated by Elias Axume and Tonantzin Esparza, Director of Acquisitions, on behalf of Maya Entertainment, and ICM, which packaged the film and continues to represent North American rights. ICM represents Stiles, George, Diggs and Harbour, and Mirvish is repped by Provocation Entertainment.


Maya International Distribution, headed by Elias Axume, sells rights to its entertainment properties worldwide and has a presence at key markets including Berlin Film Festival/European Film Market, Hong Kong FILMART, Cannes Film Festival, MIP-TV, Toronto International Film Festival, MIPCOM and AFM. Currently, Maya International is selling rights to Ass Backwards, starring Alicia Silverstone; It’s a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrara, Café, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy; Without Men starring Eva Longoria Parker, Christian Slater and Oscar Nunez; Across the Line, starring Aidan Quinn and Mario van Peebles; A Bag of Hammers starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Ritter and The Last Rites of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina, among others.


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