Giant Pictures, Collective Eye Team to Distribute Indie Docs to Educational Market

Giant Pictures is entering the educational market through a distribution partnership with Collective Eye Films.

The two companies will jointly distribute independent documentaries to the educational market. Films also will be available through digital retailers like iTunes, Amazon, FandangoNow as well as educational streaming services such as Kanopy and various SVOD/AVOD platforms.

Nick Savva

The multiyear agreement kicks off with The Passengers, a feature documentary that tells the story of the final community of Ethiopian Jews and its struggle to emigrate to Israel. The film was an Official Selection of the IDA 2019 and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2020.

Other titles headed for joint digital and streaming distribution include The Vanishing Trial, a documentary produced by the NADCL and FAMM about the issues with mandatory minimum sentencing, and The Burning Field, a look at life in an environmental wasteland through the eyes of four young Ghanaians. The Burning Field, from filmmaker Justin Weinrich, won the Asja.energy Award for Best International Documentary and was named Best Environmental Film by Docs Without Borders in 2019 and Best Documentary at the Eugene Film Festival 2020.

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Collective Eye Films also will handle educational market sales, outside of streaming, on select library titles from Giant Pictures, such as Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, on the history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema and its influence; Our New President, the story of Donald Trump’s election told entirely through Russian propaganda; The Panama Papers, an exposé of the rogue offshore finance industry from director Alex Winter; Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook, about voter suppression in U.S. presidential elections; and There’s Something in the Water, from producer Ellen Page, on the struggle of minority communities in Nova Scotia as they fight officials over the lethal effects of industrial waste.

James-Michael Boyer

“These films are ideally suited for online learning, a market that has really flourished during the pandemic,” says Nick Savva, GM of Giant Pictures.

“The documentary collection at Giant Interactive is well suited for our audience. Our goal is to bring impactful films to classrooms around the world,” said James-Michael Boyer, director of operations at Collective Eye Films.

Savva Upped to VP, Content Distribution at Giant Interactive and GM of Giant Pictures

Giant Interactive on Sept. 22 announced the promotion of Nick Savva to VP of content distribution and GM at Giant Pictures.

Savva most recently served as director of content distribution, overseeing Giant Pictures’ global digital distribution efforts. In his new role, Savva will further expand content opportunities for the boutique digital distribution label.

Nick Savva

Over the last three years, Savva has guided the Giant Pictures label to become one of the leading independent content distributors on a wide range of digital platforms. He has negotiated more than 45 direct accounts with such major streaming platforms as Apple TV, Peacock, Prime Video and Roku, among others. Savva, according to a press release, has also been essential in steering Giant into the world of direct-to-consumer OTT, most recently with the deployment of the Baby Einstein app on Roku.

Savva has acquired and distributed hundreds of movies, documentaries and TV titles in multiple territories since founding Giant Pictures in 2017.

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Giant Pictures’ releases include the horror film Ghost Light, a Jury Award winner at the 2018 Austin Film Festival; Matanga/Maya/M.I.A., an Official Selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; and Love, Antosha, a portrait of the late actor Anton Yelchin that was an Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Cyber Group Studios Lands Kidvid Distribution Deal with Kidoodle.TV, Giant Pictures

Cyber Group Studios on Sept. 11 announced it has secured distribution deals with Kidoodle.TV and Giant Pictures for multiple series for kids.

Kidoodle.TV, a global AVOD service targeting children under 12 and their families, will increase its content offering in the United States by securing a number of series from Cyber Group Studios. Several of Cyber Group Studios’ popular series that are based on books, such as “The Pirates Next Door” and “Mirette Investigates,” will be new additions to Kidoodle.TV’s content library.

Giant Pictures, a digital distribution firm focused on independent content, will distribute 10 series across various AVOD platforms in the United States. Series include “Leo the Wildlife Ranger” for preschoolers and “Mini Ninjas,” based on the video game of the same name, for older kids.

“Giant is in an ideal position to support the digital streaming industry’s increasing demand for children’s content with our streamlined global distribution capabilities,” said Nick Savva, head of Giant Pictures. “We are thrilled to be in business with Cyber Group Studios as Giant continues to rapidly expand and diversify our digital services with exciting new distribution relationships.”

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Cyber Group Studios is a leading producer and distributor of animated series and a developer of global entertainment brands for children and families worldwide. Founded in 2005 and employing around 150 people, the company has set its headquarters in Paris, two production studios in Paris and Roubaix (France), an office in Los Angeles and strategic partnerships in Russia and China. The company says its mission is to produce safe and entertaining content for children around the world.

Kidoodle.TV is a family-focused AVOD streaming channel committed to ensuring children have a safe alternative to stream their favorite TV shows and movies. Available in over 140 countries, on thousands of connected devices, Kidoodle.TV is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, LG, Samsung, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, Connected TVs, HTML5 Web, and many other streaming media devices.

Giant Pictures is a subsidiary of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company based in New York City and Los Angeles. For 15 years Giant has provided leading Hollywood studios and entertainment companies with delivery solutions for OTT, digital platforms, discs and streaming. With 40+ direct accounts as a digital aggregator, Giant distributes movies, documentaries and TV content to VOD and OTT platforms in North America and worldwide.