There was a trend at the American Film Market in Santa Monica last week that hasn't been seen in many years: major studios with access to worldwide operations selling foreign rights to their movies.
Sony Pictures, for instance, was selling distribution rights in some territories to the zombie/vampire/alien mash-up "Kitchen Sink."
Paramount Pictures was looking for companies interested in handling some foreign release rights for its Alexander Payne-directed road trip drama "Nebraska" and announced it was doing the same for the Denzel Washington alcoholism drama "Flight."
The 32 year-old AFM is not a place typically full of executives from major studios like Sony and Paramount. It's known more for purveyors of low-budget movies featuring the stars of yesteryear that are destined to go direct-to-DVD in the U.S.
At this year's AFM, which ends Wednesday, 8,000 attendees were expected to attend more than 700 screenings of 400 movies.
In late August, DreamWorks Studios signed a deal to sell international rights to its movies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.