Munich/Los Angeles -- Studio 100 Film is delighted to announce that Maya the Bee will buzz into the North American market. The international children’s production and distribution company, based in Munich/Germany, has recently signed a distribution agreement with Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company. The announcement was made today by Patrick Elmendorff, CEO of Studio 100 Media and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.
In this agreement, Shout! Factory has secured exclusive U.S and Canadian distribution rights to “Maya the Bee – Movie,” including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this film in select theaters, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), electronic-sell-through (EST), television and in all packaged media through Shout! Factory Kids in 2015.
Patrick Elmendorff, CEO of Studio 100 Media commented, “Following the recent success of Maya the Bee – Movie in Germany, South Korea, Poland, etc., we are very proud to announce the distribution agreement for the North American market. I am delighted to partner with Shout! Factory. They have demonstrated great expertise in distributing feature films.”
Maya the Bee is a worldwide and well-known brand. The books of the little bee were first published over 100 years ago and since then worldwide audiences young and old have loved the brand. “The worldwide sales of the movie to more than 100 countries illustrate the continuous popularity of this well-known and much-loved brand and the rising demand for great family entertainment,” says Elmendorff.
“We are incredibly excited about this new relationship with Studio 100 Film. This highly entertaining family movie is the perfect addition to our library of exciting new films. We look forward to presenting Maya the Bee movie to North American audiences through a wide variety of entertainment distribution platforms and on family home entertainment shelves,” state Shout! Factory’s founders.
Studio 100 Film presents Maya the Bee – Movie as German-Australian co-production of Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions. Directed by Alexs Stadermann, it is produced by Patrick Elmendorff and Thorsten Wegener (Studio 100 Media), Jim Ballantine and Barbara Stephen (Buzz Studios). Studio 100 Film, the film division is a hundred percent subsidiary of the international children’s production and distribution company Studio 100 Media based in Munich.
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 DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Westchester Films, Inc., Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. 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 Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
About Studio 100 Media
Studio 100 Media is a 100 percent subsidiary of Belgian firm Studio 100 Group. Based in Munich, Germany, the company is an international production and distribution company for high-quality and non-violent children’s entertainment. It develops and acquires new formats and is also responsible for the global marketing of its own rights portfolio as well as of third party programming.
Since 2012 Studio 100 Media has through its subsidiary Studio 100 Film been involved in producing animation feature films for worldwide distribution. The first project is the 3-D German/Australian co-production “Maya The Bee – Movie”. Further brands under the Studio 100 Media umbrella include ‘Heidi’ and ‘Vic The Viking’ - both as classic series’ and as CGI re-productions.
In addition to the licensing business Studio 100 Media is responsible for all marketing activities and for the development and production of merchandising and home entertainment products in GSA.
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