Altitude Films, the Brit producer of 'Horrible Histories' join forces with Jason Lust's Soluble Fish production company to develop family-friendly films and TV projects.
British production and sales house Altitude Film Entertainment, fresh off their success with Horrible Histories, has signed a production partnership with Jason Lust's L.A.-based Soluble Fish to develop high-end family films and television projects.
Lust was a producer on the animated Peter Rabbit franchise, as well as Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Pinocchio film for Netflix.
The deal, announced at the American Film Market on Thursday, marks Altitude's first venture into the U.S. market. The Brit company, led by Will Clarke and Andy Mayson, has produced such features as Samuel L. Jackson actioner Big Game, Kevin Macdonald's music doc Whitney and Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories.
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans, an adaptation of the popular British kids' TV series, was a sleeper success in U.K. cinemas, grossing close to $4 million.
Altitude Film Sales, the company's sales arm, is handling world sales at AFM on such titles as Daniel Radcliffe-starrer Guns Akimbo and Ivan Kavanagh's horror film Son starting Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch.
Lust said the two companies planned to create “family-friendly movies and television for global audiences” with a focus on hybrid and animation projects with an established brand “many of which will have a musical focus.”
“We've been huge admirers of Jason for some time and this is the perfect opportunity to launch our first operation in the U.S.,” said Altitude's Will Clarke. “ This partnership gives us the ability to produce and sell high-quality family films which we look forward to bringing to the marketplace.”
BAFTA has announced the winners of this year's British Academy Children's Awards. There were three first-time winners at the ceremony in London, including Emily Burnett who won the BAFTA for Performer for her role in The Dumping Ground; Lindsey Russell for Presenter for Blue Peter; and Bella Ramsay for her performance in The Worst Witch in the Young Performer category.
Dirk Campbell, also for The Worst Witch, won in the Director category. The coming-of-age film Leaving Care, following two care leavers as they navigate a series of firsts without the help of a family, won two BAFTAs: Content For Change and Teen.
CBeebies won Channel, the seventh time since the category was introduced in 2006.
Horrible Histories won Comedy, the sixth time it has won in this category. The Drama award was won by Creeped Out.
The show that pitches the nation's pets against each other – Play Your Pets Right – won in the Entertainment category. Children's DIY show The Dengineers collected the BAFTA in the new Factual Entertainment category. The Factual category was won by Finding my Family: Holocaust Newsround Special, which followed a Holocaust survivor and his teenage granddaughter on a journey to learn about his experiences.
Hilda, the series about a fearless young girl who finds friends, adventures and magical creatures when she journeys to the city, won in the Animation category. The BAFTA for International Animation went to Teen Titans Go!, which follows the adventures of the young Titans while they are trying to save the world. Pre-School Animation was won by Numberblocks.
Tee and Mo: Help Our Little World, featuring an animated monkey and his mum, won Short Form. Ferne and Rory's Vet Tales won the Pre-School Live Action award and the International Live Action category was won by The Odd Squad.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swooped in and took the BAFTA for Feature Film. The Amazing World of Gumball won in the Writer category. The Digital category saw a win for Wonderscope's 'A Brief History of Amazing Stunts by Astounding People' and for Game, Astro Bot Rescue Mission took home the BAFTA.
Nikki Lilly, the YouTuber, presenter and charity campaigner, received the BAFTA Special Award for her work in raising awareness of social issues.
British Academy Children’s Awards 2019: Winners highlighted in bold.
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell — Great Marlborough Productions/Cartoon Network
DANGER MOUSE Aidan McAteer, Tim Searle, Chapman Maddox — Co-produced by BBC...
Everything, from the stock market to businesses to the fragile state of various American institutions, has taken a hit from the coronavirus epidemic, which has continued to rapidly spread throughout the world. One of the industries to take a hit is the entertainment industry, resulting in delayed movie releases, falling box office numbers, and a reshuffling of the yearly film festival schedule.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control have advised the elderly, as well as groups with underlying medical conditions, to “avoid crowds” and “stay home as much as possible” in the case of an outbreak of their communities. According to agency, the elderly are twice as likely to develop a serious disease if they catch COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This is sending ripples throughout all industries, including the movie, stage, and even TV industries. Here is an update on how coronavirus concerns are affecting how we get our entertainment.
Theaters and Movie Releases Take a Hit
The release date delay of Daniel Craig’s last James Bond outing, No Time to Die, was the first and biggest sign of the coronavirus’ effect on the movie industry. And the outbreak is continuing to affect film release dates, especially with several international markets like China, Italy, and South Korea, shutting down their screens altogether to rein in the epidemic.
According to Deadline, Sony has decided to push its family sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway back to the summer to avoid the negative box office effects of the spiraling coronavirus epidemic. The film was initially due to launch March 19 in Australia, March 26 in Germany, Portugal and the Ukraine, and March 27 in the UK and Ireland and Sweden, followed by the wide international release in early April and its domestic bow on April 3. The first Peter Rabbit took in $235 million of its $351 global haul from international territory, performing best in France, Germany, and Japan. With Asian and European markets recording historically low box office weekends, Sony is not taking any chances with the sequel.
Despite some reports that coronavirus concerns weren’t the cause for low box office numbers this past weekend, The Hollywood Reporter says that studios are bracing for a downturn in moviegoing in the weeks ahead in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation for the elderly to avoid crowds.
TV in Jeopardy
The CDC recommendation is even affecting television too. According to Deadline, game shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel Of Fortune, shows that have long relied on audiences that are generally older and from out of town, will begin taping episodes without studio audiences for the “foreseeable future.” Jeopardy host Alex Trebek continues his duties on the program while battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.