Shout! Studios and Ledafilms Entertainment Group have entered into a distribution alliance for the family movie Mia and the White Lion.
Through the deal, Shout! Studios has secured U.S. home entertainment distribution rights to Mia and the White Lion, including transactional VOD and physical home video rights. The feature opened in U.S. theaters on April 12 through Ledafilms Entertainment Group. Shout is planning a strategic launch for the movie across multiple entertainment platforms this summer.
Directed by Gilles de Maistre and written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon), Mia and the White Lion tells the story of a friendship between a young girl and a white lion, following their adventure across the South African savanna. It stars Daniah De Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood and Ryan Mac Lennan. STUDIOCANAL, M6 Films, Film Afrika and Pandora Film in collaboration with Canal +, Cine +, M6, W9 and Film-und Medienstiftung NRW co-produced the film.
Melissa Boag, Shout’s senior VP of kids and family entertainment, said: “There is a winsome combination of heart, soul and animal adventure, and we believe this film will strongly resonate with the family audience. We are delighted by this opportunity with Alejandro and Ledafilms, and look forward to presenting Mia and the White Lion to broad movie audiences through a wide variety of entertainment platforms very soon!”
Alejandro Leda, CEO of Ledafilms, said: “The film has had amazing results in the international box office so far, including in many of our territories in Latin America where it opened in the top three of the charts. It has now reached an outstanding $35 million in the worldwide box office. It’s been a surprise for us all. The film’s cinematography is amazing and the content truly emotional. It has been very well received by the audience, achieving an 85% Rotten Tomatoes score and praise across a wide spectrum of audience segments. We are delighted to join forces with Shout! Factory on the home entertainment side for the U.S. They have proven to be very experienced in this field.”
Jordan Fields, Shout’s VP of acquisitions, added: “This film charts the emotional, inspiring and altogether extraordinary adventure of a girl and her pet lion. Did I mention this is a live-action film? It’s a live-action film!”