SHOUT! FACTORY AND STUDIO 100 FILM ANNOUNCE FILM DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ANIMATED FEATURE

28. Jun. 2016

Munich and Los Angeles, June, 27th 2016 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Studio 100 Film, international feature films sales agency and subsidiary of Studio 100 Media, have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute new animated feature BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE in North America. Produced by Studio 100’s Sydney based animation studio, Flying Bark Productions, BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE features an all-star voice cast of Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham (Lord Of The Rings), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Maya the Bee-Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels), Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and Barry Humphries (Finding Nemo). The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and CEO of Studio 100 Media, Patrick Elmendorff.

Shout! Factory has secured exclusive North American distribution rights to BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE, including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic launch of this movie across multiple entertainment platforms through Shout’s kids & family entertainment imprint, Shout! Factory Kids.

“Following the continuing success of Maya the Bee – Movie and with the multi-picture deal for our upcoming Maya the Bee feature film series already in place, we are delighted to announce the distribution agreement for the North American market for Blinky Bill – The Movie. We are thrilled to partner with Shout! Factory again. They have demonstrated great expertise in distributing feature films”, said Patrick Elmendorff, CEO of Studio 100 Media.

“Blinky Bill is a well-known children’s brand and continues to grow in popularity around the world. This new animated feature is an exciting addition to our library of new family movies. We look forward to bringing Blinky Bill: The Movie and these adorable characters to North American family audiences across all major entertainment distribution platforms,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment.

“We’re delighted and honored that Studio 100 has chosen to partner with Shout! Factory on this movie and the previously announced Maya the Bee – Movie feature film series,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory. “Blinky Bill: The Movie has that winning combination of high quality animation, dynamic storytelling and an original voice. That always makes for enduring entertainment, and Studio 100 keeps delivering it.”

Blinky Bill is one of Australia’s most recognized characters and a bona fide icon. The lovable antics of the mischievous koala have captured the hearts of millions since the release of The Adventures of Blinky Bill book series in 1933. In 1992, the first feature film Blinky Bill, The Mischievous Koala was released in major territories. This was followed by several successful TV series and movies which continue to air around the world today.

BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE feature film synopsis
Blinky Bill (voiced by Ryan Kwanten) is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps. Mr. Bill went missing in the Outback some time ago and Blinky is the only one who believes his father is still alive. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. He quickly makes friends with Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard. Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio must learn to work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father!

Studio 100 Film presents BLINKLY BILL: THE MOVIE, a Flying Bark Production with Assemblage Entertainment and Telegael Teoranta. BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE is directed by Deane Taylor and co-directed by Alexs Stadermann; written by Fin Edquist; produced by Barbara Stephen; CG producer, Rebecca Toliday; music by Dale Cornelius, edited by Simon Klaebe; executive producers, Hans Bourlon, Paul Cummins, A.K. Madhavan, Emily Price, Brian Rosen, Gert Verhulst and Jim Ballantine.

About Studio 100 Media
Studio 100 Media is an international production and distribution company within the children’s and family entertainment sector. Based in Munich, Germany, the company is a 100 percent subsidiary of Belgian firm Studio 100. The Company develops and acquires new content, engages in co-production and co-financing activities and is also responsible for the international distribution of its own and third party rights. Studio 100 Media’s business model is the perfect vertical and horizontal integration of its IP’s. In marketing its license rights the company pursues a global strategy within sectors ranging from Content Distribution, to Licensing, Merchandising and Home Entertainment through to Theatrical Movies, Stage Shows and Theme Parks. www.studio100media.com

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


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