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Netflix, Disney Announce Feature Film Agreement

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Dis­ney Studios

Net­flix Inc. and The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany announced Tues­day a new multi-year licens­ing agree­ment that will make Net­flix the exclu­sive United States sub­scrip­tion tele­vi­sion ser­vice for first-run ani­mated and live-action fea­ture films from The Walt Dis­ney Studios.

Begin­ning with its 2016 the­atri­cally released fea­ture films, new Dis­ney, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, Mar­vel Stu­dios and Dis­ney­na­ture titles will be made avail­able for Net­flix mem­bers to watch instantly in the pay TV win­dow on mul­ti­ple plat­forms, includ­ing tele­vi­sion, tablets, com­put­ers and mobile phones. Also included in the agree­ment are high-profile Dis­ney direct-to-video new releases, which will be made avail­able on Net­flix start­ing in 2013.

Sep­a­rately, Dis­ney and Net­flix have reached agree­ment on a multi-year cat­a­log deal that brought to U.S. Net­flix mem­bers Tues­day such beloved Dis­ney movies as the ani­mated Dumbo, Poc­a­hon­tas and Alice in Won­der­land.

Dis­ney and Net­flix have shared a long and mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial rela­tion­ship and this deal will bring to our sub­scribers, in the first pay TV win­dow, some of the highest-quality, most imag­i­na­tive fam­ily films being made today,” said Ted Saran­dos, chief con­tent offi­cer at Net­flix. “It’s a bold leap for­ward for Inter­net tele­vi­sion, and we are incred­i­bly pleased and proud this iconic fam­ily brand is team­ing with Net­flix to make it happen.”

With this cutting-edge agree­ment, we are thrilled to take our highly val­ued rela­tion­ship with Net­flix to the next level by adding Disney’s pre­mier films to their pro­gram­ming lineup,” said Disney-ABC Domes­tic Tele­vi­sion pres­i­dent Jan­ice Marinelli. “Net­flix con­tin­ues to meet the demands of its sub­scribers in today’s rapidly evolv­ing dig­i­tal land­scape, and we are delighted that they will have much ear­lier access to our top-quality and enter­tain­ing slate,” she continued.

Finan­cial terms of the agree­ment were not disclosed.

Cartoon Zebras From South Africa Get Distributor



South Africa’s Trig­ger­fish Stu­dios’ 3D ani­mated fea­ture Khumba has been picked up for North Amer­i­can dis­tri­b­u­tion by Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment. The film has just com­pleted pro­duc­tion. Khumba is a half-stripped zebra who sets out on a dar­ing quest to earn his stripes.

Khumba was co-written by Anthony Sil­ver­ston (Zam­bezia) and Raf­faella Delle Donne (Zam­bezia), with Lion King writer Jonathan Roberts. Anthony Sil­ver­ston also directed the fea­ture, and Stu­art For­rest of Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion (Zam­bezia) pro­duced it. The film stars Jake T. Austin (Wiz­ards of Waverly Place, Rio, The Per­fect Game), Anna­Sophia Robb (Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory, Bridge to Terebithia, Soul Surfer) and Loretta Devine (Crash, I am Sam, Grey’s Anatomy).

When Khumba, a half stripped zebra is blamed for the lack of rain by the rest of his insu­lar, super­sti­tious herd, he embarks on a dar­ing quest to earn his stripes. In his search for the leg­endary water­hole in which the first zebras got their stripes, Khumba meets a quirky range of char­ac­ters and teams up with an unlikely duo: an over­pro­tec­tive wilde­beest, MamaV and Bradley, a self-obsessed ostrich. But before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with Phango, a scary leop­ard who con­trols the water­holes and ter­ror­izes all the ani­mals in the Great Karoo.

Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment is eager to earn its stripes with the lov­able ‘Khumba’, which marks the company’s first ven­ture in the world of ani­ma­tion,” said Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment CEO Bill Lee. “We look for­ward to con­nect­ing the film and its endear­ing cast of ani­mals with the whole family.”

Stu­art For­rest, Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios’ CEO stated, “This is another excit­ing step-up for Trig­ger­fish Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios as we con­tinue to break new ground in estab­lish­ing our com­pany as Africa’s lead­ing enter­tain­ment fran­chise. We are thrilled to be work­ing with Mil­len­nium and feel our film is in good hands with a tal­ented group behind the the­atri­cal release.”

Deal was nego­ti­ated dur­ing the AFM between Mil­len­nium Entertainment’s VP of Acqui­si­tions, Tris­ten Tuck­field and inter­na­tional sales agent Cin­ema Man­age­ment Group’s Pres­i­dent, Edward Noelt­ner whose com­pany also han­dled all inter­na­tional sales on Triggerfish’s first 3D ani­mated fea­ture Zam­bezia.

Brasil Animado 3D Cartoon Movie Offered for Distribution

Brasil Animado

Brasil Ani­mado

The stereo­scopic “Brasil Ani­mado 3D” is among the slate of fea­ture films from the acqui­si­tions team at ITN Dis­tri­b­u­tion Inc. which will be offered at the 2012 Amer­i­can Film Mar­ket, tak­ing place from Octo­ber 31 to Novem­ber 7 at the Loews Santa Mon­ica Beach hotel.

This year’s films are a mix of high-concept inde­pen­dents in a vari­ety of gen­res, includ­ing ani­ma­tion, hor­ror, thriller, drama, romance, war, action, fam­ily and sci-fi.

In the 80-minute Brasil Ani­mado 3D, Stress is a busi­ness­man who is always look­ing for a new invest­ment oppor­tu­nity. Relax is a film­maker who has been try­ing to get Stress to invest in his projects.

One day, Relax sets up for a meet­ing under the great pink jequitibá, the old­est tree in Brazil. Stress likes the idea, espe­cially because he sees how prof­itable it could be if he charged vis­i­tors to see the tree. The prob­lem is that nei­ther knows where it is. There­fore, they embark in a jour­ney through­out Brazil search­ing for it.

ITN will be con­duct­ing sales for ter­ri­to­ries world­wide in Loews 705. ITN Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Inc. is a lead­ing inde­pen­dent film dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pany that spe­cial­izes in high-quality, star dri­ven inde­pen­dent films for the inter­na­tional and domes­tic TV, VOD, DVD and the­atri­cal markets.

ITN releases 24 films per year with ITN’s direct con­nec­tion to all major retail­ers and rentals in North Amer­ica, such as Red­box, Net­Flix, Wal-Mart, Block­buster, Tar­get and Video-On-Demand. ITN pro­duces, dis­trib­utes and acquires films worldwide.

I am always thrilled to have a pres­ence at AFM and expect busi­ness to be very brisk at our office,” said ITN pres­i­dent Stu­art Alson. “With inde­pen­dent film soar­ing to new lev­els, the demand for our film library is sig­nif­i­cantly higher this year. As always, our team’s objec­tive is to nego­ti­ate and close the best pos­si­ble deals with key buy­ers from around the world.”

A full cat­a­log of ITN titles and trail­ers can be viewed at itndistribution.com.

DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Partner On Distribution Deal

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

In a major strange bed­fel­lows pair­ing, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion and Tech­ni­color announce a joint ven­ture in a con­tent dis­tri­b­u­tion deal. Their new com­pany– called M-Go– will be push­ing out con­tent dig­i­tally. But not just DWA’s con­tent… the agree­ment announced Tues­day are with NBCU­ni­ver­sal, Para­mount Pic­tures, Sony Pic­tures Home Enter­tain­ment, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox and Warner Bros. Dig­i­tal Distribution.

The new M-Go ser­vice will be pre-loaded on con­sumer elec­tron­ics from Intel, Sam­sung and Vizio, and is sched­uled to launch later this year. M-Go will also be avail­able as a free ser­vice at www.mgo.com. M‐Go will also offer Ultra­Vi­o­let compatibility.

The deals will enable con­sumers to rent or pur­chase day & date new release films, catch-up tele­vi­sion and back cat­a­log film and TV shows,” the com­pany said. “M‐Go cen­tral­izes view­ing in one easy place, bridg­ing the divide between view­ing plat­forms, con­tent sources, deliv­ery tech­nolo­gies and devices.”

John Bat­ter, CEO of M‐Go, said: “Part­ners choose us because of the value M-­Go brings to the mar­ket­place by pro­vid­ing mas­sive amounts of qual­ity film and TV con­tent on the devices peo­ple already use.”

M-Go cur­rently uses the Medi­aNavi search and dis­cov­ery plat­form for cloud-based ser­vices for con­sumers. The app-based ser­vice was launched in Jan­u­ary. The ser­vice won the CSI award in the TV Every­where / Multi-screen Video cat­e­gory ear­lier this month. The CSI Awards are one of the most com­pre­hen­sive and com­pet­i­tive tech­nol­ogy awards in the world. They reward tech­ni­cal and prod­uct mar­ket­ing excel­lence in the cable, satel­lite, ter­res­trial broad­cast­ing, IPTV, online/internet video and mobile TV sectors.

GKids plans to distribute 4 Oscar-qualifying films

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

New York-based ani­ma­tion dis­trib­u­tor GKids announced Tues­day that it plans to give runs to four films in order to qual­ify them for this year’s Oscars.

Three of the four are French fea­tures: Zarafa (Pathe), Le Chat du Rab­bin (The Rabbi’s Cat) (TF1) and Le Tableau (The Paint­ing) (Rezo). The fourth is Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill), from Japan’s Stu­dio Ghibli.

Last year, GKids dis­trib­uted two Oscar-nominated fea­tures: Chico & Rita, from Spain’s Fer­nando Trueba and set in the milieau of Cuban jazz, and French spy tale Une Vie De Chat (A Cat In Paris).

The four new releases will raise the num­ber of Oscar-qualifying films to 15, which means that the num­ber of nom­i­nees for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture will auto­mat­i­cally increase from three to four. If just one qual­i­fy­ing ani­mated film is released, the num­ber of Oscar nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory will reach five.

Already, six stu­dio films have received Oscar-qualifying runs: Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Sony/Aardman’s The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Blue Sky/20th Cen­tury Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift and Laika/Focus’ Para­Nor­man.

Sched­uled for release later this year are Sony Pic­tures Animation’s Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, Tim Burton’s stop-motion Franken­wee­nie and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph from Dis­ney, and DWA’s William Joyce adap­ta­tion Rise of the Guardians.

A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Gra­ham Chap­man, with con­tri­bu­tions by over a dozen dif­fer­ent ani­ma­tion stu­dios, is also sched­uled to receive a qual­i­fy­ing run.

The Oscars have had a Best Ani­mated Fea­ture cat­e­gory for 11 years. There has been a field of five nom­i­nees three times — twice in the last three years.

With this look­ing like the Oscar pack, do you have any favorites, or guesses as to which film will take it all this year at the Oscars???

DWA rejects Paramount offer to extend distribution

DreamWorks Animation SKG

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG

The board of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has turned down an offer by Para­mount to extend its cur­rent dis­tri­b­u­tion agree­ment for one more year.

Paramount’s deal with DWA expires at the end of 2012.

The dis­trib­u­tor had offered to keep releas­ing DWA films for an 8% fee. How­ever, Para­mount wanted to receive more in the future, and DWA wants to pay a lower commission.

A spokes­woman for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion declined to comment.

Last month, Para­mount head Brad Grey announced that his stu­dio would start its own ani­ma­tion division.

Although DWA is said to be look­ing at other dis­tri­b­u­tion options, “nobody has been pitched to do dis­tri­b­u­tion” for the stu­dio, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter quoted an unnamed insider as say­ing. The ani­ma­tion firm “is not quak­ing in its boots going ‘Para­mount is the only game in town’” because Dream­Works can deliver fees on films that usu­ally gross in the hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars, the source added.

How­ever, Warner Bros. isn’t inter­ested in dis­trib­ut­ing DWA movies, “knowl­edge­able peo­ple who were not autho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter” told the Los Ange­les Times.

Mean­while, the Hol­ly­wood Reporter source belit­tled Paramount’s announce­ment of an ani­ma­tion divi­sion, derid­ing it as a plan “to do low-rent movies.”