LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) has acquired North American distribution rights to the historical epic ADMIRAL, which premiered this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. XLrator Media will release the film in early 2016 on its “TURBO” action label.

Set during the 17th century Anglo-Dutch naval wars, ADMIRAL is one of the most expensive motion pictures ever filmed in the Netherlands and was a box-office smash in its home country. ADMIRAL features a star-studded international cast including Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones,” The Imitation Game), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Frank Lammers (Black Book, Bullhead). The film was directed by Roel Reiné and produced by Klaas de Jong. With a dozen films under his belt, Reiné has built a reputation as a prolific studio director and action expert. He directed the upcoming The Man With The Iron Fists 2 set for release later this year.

ADMIRAL is a dazzling film of epic proportions with larger-than-life naval battles that haven’t been seen since Master And Commander. Audiences will be blown away by the amazing cinematography and action set pieces, coupled with stunning performances from the entire cast. As proven by the huge success of the “Game of Thrones” series and our own recent Ironclad films, action fans have a huge appetite for exciting content based on historical facts and themes. ADMIRAL is a unique and authentic film that will satisfy both action fans and history buffs alike,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

ADMIRAL tells the story of one of the most famous and beloved historical figures in Dutch history, Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. When the young republic of the Netherlands is attacked in the 17th century by England, France and Germany, and the country finds itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter.

“We are thrilled to have found the perfect home in North America for ADMIRAL with XLrator Media, one of the most innovative distribution companies in the industry,” said Clay Epstein, SVP Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “With their expertise and unwavering commitment, this larger-than-life film will reach millions of enthusiastic moviegoers in the US and Canada.”

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with Arclight Films’ Clay Epstein.



One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix, SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE, and the sci-fi thriller TIME LAPSE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER and IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD.