Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics have entered a long-term, multifaceted production partnership and film distribution deal for a slate of new family films based on best-selling kids’ books. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and Legacy Classic filmmakers and founders Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé.
The initial plan calls for a minimum output of four features in the first two years. The first wave includes three new animated movies based on best-selling titles from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children book series. Shout! and Legacy are working with publisher Albert Whitman & Company, with the goal to release the first movie timed to the 75th anniversary of the books.
The two companies will jointly develop, producer and market new animated and live-action features. Legacy will leverage its relationships with publishers and authors, and bring hands-on production experience and marketing support to the table. Shout! Factory will co-produce the films and handle sales and distribution across North America through all platforms, including theatrical, digital, broadcast, inflight and home entertainment through Shout! Factory Films and Shout! Factory Kids.
The deal was negotiated by Shout’s SVP of Business Affairs, David McIntosh, and Aaron Meyerson of Qualia Legacy Advisors for Legacy Classics.