Beverly Hills, CA -- Cinema Management Group (CMG) announced at AFM that their 3D Stereoscopic animated feature Khumba has been picked up in North America by Millennium Entertainment. The 3D animated feature follows a half-stripped zebra by the same name as he sets out on a daring quest to earn his stripes. Negotiations are underway with an extremely high-profile voice cast to be announced soon.
Millennium Entertainment’s Tristen Tuckfield negotiated the deal with Edward Noeltner of CMG.
Khumba was penned by Lion King writer Jonathan Roberts, as well as by Anthony Silverston (Zambezia) and Raffaella Delle Donne (Zambezia). 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), Anna Sophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terebithia, Soul Surfer), Loretta Devine (Crash, I am Sam, Grey’s Anatomy), and Roger Jackson (Scream, Cats and Dogs, The Revenge of Kitty Galore).
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 a 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 summer 2013.”
Edward Noeltner of CMG stated, “What a great way to kick off AFM. We are excited by the plans that Millennium Entertainment has in place for the theatrical distribution of Khumba in 2013. We are thrilled to be working with everyone over at Millennium and feel our film is in good hands with a talented group behind the release.”
CMG already sold international distribution rights for the film to VC Multimedia, for distribution in Portugal; Film Pop, for distribution in Turkey; Kino Swiat, for distribution in Poland; Luxor, for distribution in Russia (CIS); Tandem Film, for distribution in Bulgaria; Blitz Film, for distribution in Ex-Yugoslavia; Hollywood Classic, for distribution in Czech Republic; Film House, for distribution in Israel; Front Row, for distribution in the Middle East; Asian-A, for distribution in China; PT Global, for TV rights in Indonesia; Videx, for Pan Latin American Pay TV rights; Star Films, for distribution in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; Santo Domingo, for distribution in Mexico; Blancica, for distribution in Venezuela; Jonon Source, for distribution in Mongolia; and Cinesky, for Airline distribution rights.
Source: Cinema Management Group