Shout! Factory & Legacy Classics Developing New Family Movies


LOS ANGELES: A new partnership between Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics will see the production and distribution of a slate of new family movies based on best-selling classic and contemporary children’s book series.

As part of the wide-ranging partnership, Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics will jointly develop, produce and market new animated features and live-action family movies. The first round of films includes three new animated features adapted from The Boxcar Children book series. Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics are working closely with publisher Albert Whitman & Company, looking to launch the first movie timed to the 75th anniversary of The Boxcar Children.

The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner, is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all time. More than 70 million books have sold worldwide. There are 150 books in the series.

Shout! Factory will co-produce these films with Legacy Classics and handle the sales and distribution for each movie across all platforms in North America, including theatrical, digital, broadcast, inflight and home entertainment through Shout! Factory Films and Shout! Factory Kids.

“This is exciting news for family entertainment,” said Melissa Boag, the senior VP of kids and family entertainment at Shout! Factory. “Legacy Classics, Dan and Mark have had extraordinary success in turning great stories into captivating family films. This new partnership makes strategic sense for both companies. We look forward to working closely with Legacy Classics in creating a pipeline of new family-friendly films for distribution across a wide variety of entertainment platforms.”

“We are excited to be working with Shout! Factory,” added Dan Chuba of Legacy Classics.“Our films will be based on some of the most cherished books in children’s literature. Shout’s on-going success with family entertainment and their entrepreneurial spirit make them an ideal partner. Together, we are committed to creating family entertainment that has a positive social impact on children and families around the world. We could not be happier!”