Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) and Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, have entered into a multi-picture deal for the new animated feature KIKORIKI: LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON and the popular 2011 animated feature KIKORIKI: TEAM INVINCIBLE. Both pictures are produced by RIKI Group and directed by Dennis Chernov. The announcement was made today by OEE’s CEO, Michael Favelle and Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.
In this multi-picture deal, Shout! Factory has secured exclusive North American distribution rights, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment rights, to all-new animated feature KIKORIKI: LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON and animated film KIKORIKI: TEAM INVINCIBLE. Shout!
Factory plans a strategic rollout of KIKORIKI: LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON across major entertainment distribution platforms and in packaged media in 2017 through Shout’s kids & family entertainment imprint, Shout! Factory Kids.
“In recent years, Shout! Factory has become an industry leader in the distribution of animated content in North America and we could not be happier to have such a strong partner across all revenue streams” said OEE’s Michael Favelle.
“We’re thrilled about this new relationship with Odin’s Eye Entertainment and RIKI Group. These two family films offer immersive cinematic experience that will take viewers further into the whimsical world of Kikoriki. We look forward to bringing KIKORIKI: LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON 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 at Shout! Factory.
Diana Yurinova, VP International Sales of RIKI-GROUP stated “I’m happy to see that our new feature is gaining acceptance of the audiences abroad, country by country, spreading our round furry animal’s success story far from its nest. We’re working on the next part of the KIKORIKI franchise, which is expected to be released in 2018”.
“We love the world of Kikoriki. TEAM INVINCIBLE and LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON are two highly entertaining comedies with truly nutty characters, clever storytelling, gentle satire and rich animation. The sharp, action-packed scripts were adapted by Hollywood animation veterans, and their comic sensibility is right on target for North American audiences,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory.
KIKORIKI: LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON is a new CG-animated feature that follows the furry friends of Kikoriki island on a hilarious adventure when their resident scientist invents a device that can transfer one personality into the body of another. And that’s a problem when you accidentally swap bodies with a caterpillar!
The North American deal was negotiated between OEE’s CEO Michael Favelle and Shout’s Vice President of Acquisitions, Jordan Fields.
OEE founder Michael Favelle along with Senior Vice President International Distribution and Acquisitions, Martin Gallery will be in attendance at TIFF. OEE expects to announce additional sales in the near future.