Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Legacy Classics have entered into a long-term, multifaceted production partnership and film distribution deal for a slate of new family movies based on several best-selling classic and contemporary children’s book series. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, filmmakers, producers and founders of Legacy Classics.
The broad-ranging partnership will see Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics jointly develop, produce and market new animated features and live-action family movies for entertainment distribution. Legacy Classics will leverage their extensive relationships with publishers and authors, and bring hands-on production experience and marketing support for future film productions. Shout! Factory will co-produce these films with Legacy Classics and handle the sales and distribution for each movie across all platforms in North America, including theatrical, digital, broadcast, inflight and home entertainment through Shout! Factory Films and Shout! Factory Kids.
“We are thrilled about this new opportunity with Legacy Classics, an innovative production company that has emerged as a major creative force in family entertainment. We share the same entrepreneurial vision that bodes well for the success of this collaboration,” said Shout! Factory’s founders.
“This is exciting news for family entertainment. Legacy Classics, Dan and Mark have had extraordinary success in turning great stories into captivating family films. This new partnership makes strategic sense for both companies. We look forward to working closely with Legacy Classics in creating a pipeline of new family-friendly films for distribution across a wide variety of entertainment platforms,” stated Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory.
“We are excited to be working with Shout! Factory. Our films will be based on some of the most cherished books in children’s literature. Shout’s on-going success with family entertainment and their entrepreneurial spirit make them an ideal partner. Together, we are committed to creating family entertainment that has a positive social impact on children and families around the world. We could not be happier!” said Dan Chuba, Legacy Classics.
With an initial plan to output a minimum of four feature-length movies over the first two years, Legacy Classics and Shout! Factory have already begun to identify great stories to be produced in animated features. First wave of films includes three new animated features adapted from several best-selling titles in “The Boxcar Children” book series. Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics are working closely with publisher Albert Whitman & Company, with an eye toward launching the first movie timed to the 75th Anniversary of “The Boxcar Children” festivities.
The deal was negotiated by Shout’s SVP of Business Affairs, David McIntosh and Aaron Meyerson of Qualia Legacy Advisors for Legacy Classics.
“The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. Over 70 million books have sold world-wide. There are 150 books in the series. Over 1 million kids read the books in schools across North America every year.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Legacy Classics has animation and visual effects studios in Seoul, Jakarta and Bali. Founded by Dan Chuba and Mark Dippé, the company is dedicated to creating family entertainment and educational tools based on classic and award-winning children’s literature. Legacy Classics has teamed with publisher Albert Whitman & Company to develop films, series and educational apps based on their library of intellectual property including the best-selling “Boxcar Children” book series.
Prior to founding Legacy Classics, Dan Chuba was the Executive Producer and a partner at Hammerhead Productions and the Executive Producer of PDI. He has produced 9 independently financed animated feature films and visual effects on over 100 major motion pictures. Mark Dippé has directed and/or produced several independent features, and has directed movies for New Line Cinema, Columbia TriStar, and Disney Channel, as well as numerous commercials. He previously served as a VFX supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and supervised work on some of the most groundbreaking films in history, creating the dinosaurs in JURASSIC PARK, water pseudo-pod in THE ABYSS and the liquid metal man in TERMINATOR 2.