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Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, the producing duo behind Gotham Award Best Picture winner and Oscar nominee Beginners, have signed an output and development deal with sales, finance, and production company K5 Media Group.

The deal marks an alliance between two rising indie powerhouses. Knudsen and Van Hoy have been building their reputation for the past ten years. In 2004, they founded production company Parts & Labor and steadily accumulated a body of festival circuit sleeper hits including Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, Cam Archer’s Wild Tigers I Have Known, and Nik Fackler’s Lovely, Still. More recently, the duo produced Bradley Rust Gray’s Exploding Girl, Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather, Braden King’s Here, and of course, Mike Mill’s Beginners.

K5, whose offices are located in London, Munich, and Los Angeles have recently put out Vehicle 19 starring Paul Walker and Night Train to Lisbon starring Jeremy Irons. On the sales front, the company handled international sales on recent indies such as Buck, The Visitor, and Get Low.

This news marks another leap forward for Knudsen and Van Hoy, who previously had a three-year first look deal with Scott Rudin. The first titles the duo will offer up as part of their new K5 deal will be Mysterious Skin director Gregg Araki’s The Womb and Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter, to be produced with Rudin and starring Kirsten Dunst and Mark Ruffalo.

“Jay and Lars have clearly learned from one of the best in being mentored by Scott Rudin and they are at the forefront of the new wave of important indie producers,” says K5’s Oliver Simon.  “They’re ambitious too, like us, and we see this deal as a great opportunity to grow together.”

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