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Shout! & Studio 100 Announce Multi-Picture Deal for ‘Maya the Bee’

Movie sequels in development for hit animated property based on popular children’s brand.

BERLIN & LOS ANGELES -- Multi-platform media company Shout! Factory and international production and distribution company Studio 100 Media have expanded their successful distribution alliance with a new multi-picture deal for Studio 100’s upcoming Maya the Bee feature film series.

In this multi-picture deal, Shout! Factory has secured exclusive North American distribution rights to Maya the Bee movie sequels, including theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the new films, beginning with the first sequel, Maya the Bee 2 – The Honey Games, in 2017 through Shout’s kids & family entertainment imprint, Shout! Factory Kids. Studio 100 Media and Shout! Factory will announce in-depth production details in forthcoming months.

“We are delighted to add this new chapter to Maya the Bee’s success story,” commented Studio 100 Media CEO Patrick Elmendorff. “We gladly renew our successful collaboration with our previous partner Shout! Factory for the next movies and hope that Maya’s brand-new adventures will entertain children and families in North America just like the first movie already did and still does.”

“We’re incredibly excited and honored that Studio 100 has chosen to partner with Shout! Factory on Maya the Bee film series. Over the last year, we enjoyed the continuing success and growing popularity of Maya the BeeMovie with North American family audience,” stated Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to bringing these exciting new films, starring the beloved character Maya, to a wide variety of entertainment distribution platforms.”

Maya the Bee is not just a growing brand -- it’s an extremely appealing feature film,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory. “We know the further adventures of Maya will nail that same winning combination of excitement, humor and sweetness achieved by the first film, and we’re eager to help bring them to fans of all ages.”

The 2014 animated feature Maya the Bee – Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular insect world. This globally popular animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun. Directed by Alexs Stadermann and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions, Maya the Bee – Movie features the acclaimed voice talent of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke.

Source: Shout! Factory

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.