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 Distribute Animated Family Feature ‘Dreambuilders’

Shout! Studios on Dec. 18 announced it has entered into an exclusive movie deal with Sola Media GmbH to distribute Dreambuilders, a new animated family feature film from the director of All Dogs Go To Heaven and Ferngully.

“Dreambuilders is an incredibly unique and engaging story, and we’re very excited to once again partner with Sola Media as we did on the wonderful family films Swift and Snowtime, to distribute it to a North American audience,” said Melissa Boag, Shout’s SVP of family entertainment.

Dreambuilders follows the story of a young girl named Minna who, in order to teach her stepsister a lesson, misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams. This brings dire consequences, and Minna now must face the dreams she has created and enter the dream world one last time in to save her stepsister and her new family.  The film is directed by Kim Hagen Jensen, best known for All Dogs Go To Heaven and FernGully) and Tonni Zinck (The Neon Demon), and is produced by Nynne Selin Eidnes of First Lady Film.

Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to Dreambuilders, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of the film across all major entertainment platforms, including Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Shout! Factory, Anime Limited Announce Deal to Bring ‘Bartender’ to Blu-ray, Digital Home Entertainment Platforms

Shout! Factory and U.K. animation distributor Anime Limited Sept. 4 announced a new North American distribution partnership for the popular anime series “Bartender.”

Based on the best-selling Japanese manga books by Araki Joh, “Bartender” was adapted into an anime series in 2006 and a live-action Japanese television drama in 2011. The anthology series was directed by Masaki Watanabe, written by Yasushiro Imagawa, and produced by Palm Studios.

This multiyear distribution deal provides Shout! Factory with distribution rights to “Bartender,” including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the United States and Canada.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, plans to bring the anime series to the home entertainment marketplace in early 2021, with a special 15th anniversary multi-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc set, and a digital launch across major entertainment platforms.

“We’ve been enjoying our ongoing collaboration and couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity with Anime Limited,” said Melissa Boag, SVP of family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “This truly unique and highly entertaining anime series is a very exciting addition to our anime library. We look forward to bringing the ‘Bartender’  collector’s edition to fans and collectors in North America.”

“Bartender” is centered on a bartending prodigy named Ryū Sasakura (voiced by Takahiro Mizushima) known for his spectacular cocktails. He opens his own bar, the Eden Hall, in downtown Tokyo, which soon becomes a gathering spot for customers who share their troubles and seek advice from the young bartender as they indulge in his “Glass of Gods” — the right drink for whichever situation they happen to find themselves in.

 

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.