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Shout Factory Acquires French Toon ‘Long Way North’ for U.S. Distribution

L.A.-based Shout Factory has acquired U.S. rights to Remi Chaye’s animated adventure feature “Long Way North” (“Tout en haut du monde”), which won the audience award at Annecy fest.

Sold by Urban Distribution, “Long Way North” follows Sasha, a young girl of Russian aristocracy, who flees her home and embarks on a journey across the North Pole on the trail of her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who disappeared after his latest expedition.

Deal covers theatrical, broadcast, VOD, digital and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases. The U.S. company plans multi-platform rollout kicking off with a theatrical release in the fall via its family entertainment label, Shout! Factory Kids. “Long Way North” will have its North American premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

“Long Way North” marks the directorial debut of Chayé (“The Secret of Kells”) who previously worked as storyboard artist on “Secret of Kells” and “Eleanor’s Secret.”

Pic is produced by Sacrebleu Productions (“Madagascar, A Journey of Diary”), Maybe Movies (“Ernest & Celestine”) and Norlum Studios (“Song of the Sea”),

“Long Way North is a beautifully crafted adventure—spirited, poignant and entertaining. It’s an instant classic, and we had to have it. We know audiences will feel the same,” said Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions at Shout! Factory.

Urban Distribution exec Eric Schnedecker said the film has already sold to more than 25 territories (including North America, France and Korea) and has just bowed in France were it has received strong reviews.

Urban Distribution expects to close more deals on “Long Way North” at Berlin.

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