Shout! Studios Nabs Rights to Two Aaron Lee Lopez ‘Teenage’ Comedies

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to two young adult comedy features directed by Aaron Lee Lopez, Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday and Teenage Vampire, both from Mutt Productions.

Under the agreement, Shout! Studios gets domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights (broadcast, digital, video-on-demand, and all packaged media) for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch for both films, beginning with the release of Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday on major entertainment platforms later this year.

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Steven Katz, VP of business affairs, and Dead Rabbit Films’ David Chackler and Nadia Redler, along with Kurt Wipfli for Mutt Productions.

Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday (2019) is about a nerdy teenage girl who pretends to be her beautiful, fake twin sister from California to become the most popular girl in high school and ultimately learns that being yourself is more important than popularity. The cast includes Valeria Jauregui (DeputyIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear), Montana Leann, and Paulina Chavez (Netflix’s The Expanding Universe of Ashley GarciaFeliz NaviDAD).

Teenage Vampire (2020) finds two girls joining the high school cheerleading squad in order to be cool, only to find out the team is infested with vampires. The cast includes Claire Tablizo (Teenage Girl: First WheelsTeenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday) Jaeden Riley Juarez (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Teenage Girl: First Wheels), and Gabby Garcia (Supernatural Activity).

Shout! Studios Wins Distribution Rights to ‘Language Lessons’

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, April 6 announced it has acquired North American rights to the drama Language Lessons from Duplass Brothers Productions.

Starring and written by Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, Language Lessons, a platonic love story, marks the feature directorial debut of Morales and was produced by Mel Eslyn. The film premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival.

Duplass plays Adam, whose husband surprises him with a gift of a year’s worth of weekly Spanish lessons. But when tragedy strikes, his teacher, Cariño (Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed and the two develop an unexpected and complicated emotional bond.

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Shot in secret during the pandemic with a skeleton crew in Los Angeles and Costa Rica, Language Lessons received critical acclaim out of Berlin and SXSW.

Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America to Language Lessons, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of this movie across all major entertainment platforms in North America, beginning with a theatrical launch later this year.

“We’ve been so humbled by the response to our little film, but it was Shout!’s unwavering passion and innovative strategy that won us over in the end,” Duplass said. “Can’t wait for this one!”

The movie deal was negotiated by Jessica Lacy at ICM Partners for Duplass Brothers Productions and Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, Julie Dansker, head of new content sales, and Steven Katz, VP of business affairs, for Shout! Studios.

Language Lessons is a masterfully acted, sharply crafted, and profoundly entertaining portrait of friendship by Natalie and Mark,” Fields said. “It leaves you hopeful that real human connection can blossom in the uncongenial world of screens.”

“I am thrilled to partner once again with Mark and Mel, iconic storytellers and filmmakers, on this award-winning and very special film,” added Dansker. “The performances from Mark and Natalie are amazing and we are so excited to share Natalie’s incredibly impressive and refreshing directorial debut with audiences.”

A production of Duplass Brothers Productions, Language Lessons was executive produced by Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. The film features original music by Gaby Moreno.

Shout! Factory Cuts Deal for Four Laika Films, Including ‘Coraline’

Shout! Factory and animation studio Laika Feb. 8 announced a new alliance to distribute the latter’s first four award-winning legacy films in the U.S. home entertainment marketplace.

The multiyear agreement provides Shout! Factory with U.S. home entertainment distribution rights in all packaged media to Laika’s first four Oscar-nominated films: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).  Leveraging access to archived content from Laika, new bonus content, collectible packaging, and specialty releases are in development. As excitement builds for these upcoming home entertainment product lines, Shout! Factory and Laika will announce additional news and activities in the forthcoming months.

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“We’ve been huge fans of Laika, Travis Knight, and his extraordinary team,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “Their legendary ingenuity, independent spirit and storytelling have inspired us and continue to entertain audiences worldwide. We’re incredibly excited about this new opportunity with Laika and look forward to presenting these beloved films with enlightening extras and lavish packaging to fans and collectors everywhere.”

“We’re delighted to launch our partnership with Shout! Factory,” said David Burke, Laika CMO and SVP of operations. “Their ability to maximize value for legacy titles by bringing films to entirely new audiences well after their theatrical release cycle is unparalleled in the industry.  We look forward to a long and impactful relationship with these industry leaders.”

The content deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Steven Katz, VP of business affairs for Shout! Factory, and Laika’s Michael Waghalter, head of business development, and Colin Geiger, general counsel and head of business affairs.

The titles were previously released on Blu-ray and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Shout! Studios to Launch Urban Distribution Feature ‘Coppélia’ Across All Platforms in 2021

Shout! Studios has entered into an exclusive deal with Urban Distribution International to distribute the upcoming fine arts feature Coppélia in the United States and Canada.

Coppélia will be released across all platforms in 2021. Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

Coppélia combines animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégé, Coppélia.

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The feature is produced by award-winning creators Submarine (Undone, Amazon Prime), and 3 Minutes West in co-production with MotionWorks and Lunanime. The feature is directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur, and was choreographed by Ted Brandsen, the director of the Dutch National Ballet,  with original music from Maurizio Malagnini (Call the Midwife, Peter and Wendy).

World-renowned ballerina Michaela DePrince (Take Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina) leads an international cast that includes dancers Daniel Camargo (Brazil), San Francisco Ballet star Sasha Mukhamedov (U.K.), Vito Mazzeo (Italy), Irek Mukhamedov (Russia) and English prima ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell.

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Louise Ronzet, head of international sales at UDI.

“As sales agents, we immediately fell in love with this smart, modernized version of the world-famous ballet,” Ronzet said. “Coppélia conveys messages of body positivity and self-acceptance, which are essential to challenge our appearance-obsessed culture and standardization of beauty through social media. We have no doubt this will appeal to all families and we are thrilled to have Shout! on board.”

Coppélia will be distributed by Square One in German-speaking territories and Periscoop Film in Benelux. Both are planning a release in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Shout! Factory Bags Distribution Deal for Anime Series ‘B: The Beginning’

Shout! Factory and U.K. animation distributor Anime Limited June 8 announced a North American home entertainment distribution deal for the suspenseful anime series “B: The Beginning.”

Shout! Factory plans to bring the first season of “B: The Beginning” to home audiences later this year, with plans for a Blu-ray Disc as well as an electronic sellthrough release on select digital platforms.

“We’re thrilled to be embarking on this new relationship with Anime Limited,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “They’re well-known for their expert, high-quality releases and forward-looking business strategy, and we’re excited to partner with them.”

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“We’re excited to be collaborating with Shout! Factory to bring our ultimate edition of ‘B: The Beginning’ to U.S. audiences,” added Andrew Partridge, founder and CEO of Anime Limited. “Working with Shout! Factory provides access to their experience and expertise in the US, while developing the Anime Limited collector’s edition in a brand-new market. Shout! Factory is the ideal company to set out on this new venture with, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do together.”

The deal was negotiated for Shout! Factory by Jordan Fields, VP of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory, and Partridge.

“B: The Beginning” is a character-driven mystery thriller created by Kazuto Nakazawa (Parasite Dolls) alongside the renowned studio Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass), and was directed by Nakazawa. The soundtrack is composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Blood: The Last Empire, Tiger & Bunny), with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.