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Shout! Factory Enters into Distribution Deal with Pathé International

12 Jan, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Santa Monica, Calif.-based distributor gets U.S. rights to French theatrical fantasy adventure 'Beauty and the Beast' (La Belle et la Bête)

Shout! Factory Jan. 12 announced a first-ever deal with Pathé International for U.S. distribution rights to French theatrical fantasy adventure Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête).

The 2014 movie directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, The Brotherhood of the Wolf) stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Ocean’s 13), Léa Seydoux (Spectre, The Grand Budapest Hotel), and André Dussollier (A Very Long Engagement, Amélie).

Shout! plans a comprehensive rollout of the movie in theaters, across all major digital platforms and on packaged media (Blu-ray/DVD).

“We are incredibly excited about this new relationship with Pathé, an internationally renowned studio recognized for its fantastic movie productions,” Melissa Boag, SVP of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory, said in a statement. “We look forward to building a broad audience across all major distribution platforms.”

Pathé is one of Europe’s top indie studios, active in film production (France, United Kingdom), theatrical distribution (France, United Kingdom, Switzerland), and movie theaters through subsidiary Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé (France, the Netherlands, Switzerland).

Pathé produced, sold and distributed such titles as Suffragette by Sarah Gavron, Academy-Award winning La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino, Philomena by Stephen Frears, Mandela by Justin Chadwick, Academy Award winning The Iron Lady by Phyllida Lloyd, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle, Welcome to the Sticks by Dany Boon, Asterix by Thomas Langmann, Oceans by Jacques Perrin, The Queen by Stephen Frears and All About My Mother by Pedro Almodovar, among others.

“We are thrilled to be partnering up with Shout! Factory for the first time. This modern take on a classic tale, shot with state-of-the-art technology … deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible,” Muriel Sauzay, EVP of International Sales at Pathé, said in a statement.

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