Press Release from Classic Media
LONDON, UK (September 16, 2011) - Classic Media, a media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands, and RGH Entertainment, the animation development and production unit of Rubicon Group Holding (RGH), are proud to announce that Postman Pat will be making his big screen debut in ‘Postman Pat: The Movie – You Know You’re the One’. The announcement of the film, which will be released in CG 3-D Stereoscopic, is timed to today’s celebration of Postman Pat’s 30th birthday.
The renowned voice cast will be led by actor Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing, Dirk Gently) as Postman Pat. Academy Award and BAFTA Award Winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge!), Rupert Grint, who achieved international fame as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, and David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter) will join Stephen in bringing the world of Postman Pat to life on the big screen.
The film finds Pat, everyone’s favourite postman, coming face-to-face with the temptations of money, status and a shiny new suit when he enters a national TV talent show competition that threatens to tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves. What happens when kindness meets selfishness? When local fame meets global notoriety? A nice cup of tea is kicked aside by a frappacappucino? Pat is set to find out as he falls for the age old temptation of the grass being greener…
The voice cast, all true Postman Pat fans, commented on working on the film. Stephen Mangan said, “I'm absolutely thrilled to be playing the world's best-known postman in his big screen debut - he's an iconic British hero and it's a great script. However when I excitedly told my 3 year old son that I was going to be Postman Pat, he said, 'No you're not, dad, don't be silly.’” Jim Broadbent noted, “I’m delighted and very excited to be involved with such an iconic figure as Postman Pat.” Rupert Grint added, “I used to watch Postman Pat when I was a small boy. My brother and sisters all did at some stage. Postman Pat is one of those British symbols, I suppose - you are totally familiar with him and his cat, Jess even if you have never watched the series. How exciting to be part of the Postman Pat heritage.”
‘Postman Pat: The Movie – You Know You’re the One’ will be directed by Mike Disa (Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil) from a screenplay co-written by the award-winning Kim Fuller (Spice World, High Heels & Low Lifes) and Annika Bluhm, the long-time Producer of the Postman Pat television series. The film is being produced by RGH’s Robert Anich and Miles Horst and Classic Media’s Ceri Barnes and Annika Bluhm, with Rubicon’s Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen and Doug Schwalbe serving as executive producers.
‘Postman Pat: The Movie – You Know You’re the One’ begins production this month and heads to cinemas Spring 2013. Ralph Kamp’s Timeless Films is managing worldwide sales with Icon Film Distribution releasing the film in the UK and Eire.
Official URL: www.postmanpat-themovie.com
About Postman PatA pre-school favourite and the UK’s best-loved postie, Postman Pat® and his black and white cat, Jess, have been delivering fun to audiences around the globe for 30 years. Now, Postman Pat is delivering more than ever in his brand new high-action TV series, Postman Pat Special Delivery Service (SDS), in which Pat has some serious wheels and his very own helicopter to help him deliver anything, anytime, anywhere. The series airs on CBeebies in the UK and on other networks in 80+ territories worldwide. Postman Pat is a Top 10 Licensed Pre-School Toy property in the UK, with an exciting range of Consumer Products lead by Character Options as Master Toy Partner. Interact with Pat and Jess at www.postmanpat.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Postman-Pat/204924202878274.
About Classic Media:Classic Media, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Wally?®, Lassie®, and The Lone Ranger®. Big Idea, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s programming, including the best-selling animated series, VeggieTales®. More than 3,600 hours of Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music. Visit us at www.classicmedia.tv.
About RGH EntertainmentEstablished in 2007, Los Angeles-based RGH Entertainment is the wholly owned animation development and production division of Rubicon Group Holding (RGH). Headed by veteran Executive Producer David J. Corbett, a 30-year kids’ television industry executive, the division specializes in providing the full spectrum of production expertise from concept development to pre- and post-production services. A complete one-stop facility, RGH Entertainment can provide every facet from scriptwriting and story boarding, to voice-over recording, character design, background design, animatics, and surround sound editing and mixing. Specializing in both traditional and digital 2D, 3D, CGI and Virtual Reality animation for the creation of television series, theatricals and digital downloadable content, RGH Entertainment is a state-of-the-art globally linked production facility.
RGH Entertainment’s award-winning flagship series, Pink Panther and Pals, co-produced and co-financed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, premiered spring 2010 on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and around the world. This original series starring the iconic feline, has been honored with four 2011 Kidscreen Awards including Viewers’ Choice and Best Preschool Program. Rubicon and MGM are currently in production on A Very Pink Christmas, a half-hour animated holiday special starring the Pink Panther. Several other co-productions are in active development.
About Rubicon Group HoldingRubicon Group Holding (RGH) is a multi-faceted international organization devoted to creating incomparable entertainment experiences and educational content across all media.With world class creative talent and cutting-edge technology, RGH has established a reputation for innovation and top tier results in six distinct business segments: Animation, Themed Entertainment, Digital Games, Educational Products, Consumer Products and Virtual Vocational Training.
Lead by the Group CEO, Randa S. Ayoubi, a team of over 300 employees in five locations – Amman (Jordan), Los Angeles (United States), Doha (State of Qatar), Manila (Philippines) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – collaborate to provide a unique global perspective to the realization of compelling digital content and immersive entertainment.
About Icon Film Distribution (IFD):Icon Film Distribution (IFD) is part of the Icon UK Group which also comprises, Icon Entertainment International (IEI), Icon Home Entertainment (IHE) and Majestic Films & Television. Formed in 1999, IFD has established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent film distributors, theatrically releasing IEI titles and stand alone acquisitions.
In 2009 the Icon UK Group sold to Access Industries, the privately held, U.S.-based industrial group founded in 1986 by its Chairman, Len Blavatnik (www.accessindustries.com). Hugo Grumbar is Managing Director of the International division and Ian Dawson is Managing Director of the UK division.
About Timeless Films:In September 2009, Ralph Kamp (former CEO of Icon and founder of Odyssey Entertainment) launched his own international production, finance and sales company TIMELESS FILMS and continues his long standing relationships with producers, distributors and financiers across the world. A large part of the company’s emphasis is on family entertainment, a genre he has developed a very strong and successful reputation in over the last decade. Timeless’ slate includes WICKIE THE MIGHTY VIKING, a Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig film from Germany, which became a $65m Box Office hit across Europe, its sequel - WICKIE AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS (3D), which hits cinemas across Europe from September 2011, ANIMALS UNITED, a 3D animated production from Constantin Film, which has so far grossed over $55m across 23 countries, SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK, a 3D sequel to the very successful 20th Century Fox animated feature and POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE (3D), based on the very famous UK Television character. Further projects added to the 2011 Line Up include a romantic comedy from director Nigel Cole - THE WEDDING VIDEO, shooting in the UK this summer, director Paul Currie’s 2:22, a psychological thriller starring Armie Hammer shooting Spring 2012, supernatural thriller INDIGO from Hollywood producer Lucas Foster, THE MOON AND THE SUN, a $55m fantasy adventure film from producer Bill Mechanic (former CEO and Chairman of Fox Studios), starring Pierce Brosnan and JUSTIN AND THE KNIGHTS OF VALOUR, a 3D animated feature currently in production in Spain with Academy Award nominated Kandor Graphics.