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Shout! Factory and LAIKA Ink US Distribution Deal

Studio’s award-winning stop-motion / CG animated films ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Coraline’ will head to small screens nationwide; new bonus content, collectible packaging, and specialty releases will be announced in the coming months.

Shout! Factory and LAIKA have announced a new distribution deal to bring the studio’s first four award-winning legacy films: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012), and Coraline (2009) to the US home entertainment marketplace. The announcement was made by Melissa Boag, Shout’s Senior Vice President of Family Entertainment, and David Burke, LAIKA’s Chief Marketing Officer and SVP, Operations. 

The agreement will leverage unparalleled access to archived content from LAIKA, new bonus content, collectible packaging, and specialty releases in development. Shout! Factory and LAIKA will announce additional news and activities in the forthcoming months. 

“We’ve been huge fans of LAIKA, Travis Knight, and his extraordinary team,” commented Boag. “Their legendary ingenuity, independent spirit, and compelling storytelling have inspired us and continue to entertain audiences worldwide. We’re incredibly excited about this new opportunity with LAIKA and look forward to presenting these beloved films with enlightening extras and lavish packaging to fans and collectors everywhere.”

“We’re delighted to launch our partnership with Shout! Factory,” added Burke. “Their ability to maximize value for legacy titles by bringing films to entirely new audiences well after their theatrical release cycle is unparalleled in the industry.  We look forward to a long and impactful relationship with these industry leaders.” 

The content deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions, and Steven Katz, Vice President of Business Affairs for Shout! Factory, and LAIKA’s Head of Business Development Michael Waghalter and Colin Geiger, General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs.

Source: Shout! Factory

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