Los Angeles, CA – MarVista Entertainment (MarVista) has signed multiple licensing agreements across a slate of its all-star family and kids movies, underscoring the demand from media partners across all platforms for this programming genre.
Netflix has acquired seven titles targeted to teens, including Dance-Off, starring Good Luck Charlie’s Shane Harper and So You Think You Can Dance finalist and Step-Up star Cathryn McCormick, for Latin America, Australia and New Zealand; Pop Star, starring Twilight’s Christian Serratos, for Latin America; and the teen gymnast movie, A Second Chance, for the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.
U.S. Spanish Language television network Mundo Fox has acquired Spanish Language rights to 1 Chance 2 Dance and the soccer themed Monkey in the Middle; Asia Television Programming has acquired the same titles for Malaysia and Singapore. In Europe, Club RTL has also acquired 1 Chance 2 Dance.
In Latin America, Peru’s America Television has acquired the romantic comedy All She Wishes, featuring Disney star Calum Worthy and the comedy Zapped, starring Zendaya.
Recent licensing agreements for MarVista’s popular holiday-themed titles include a number of new partners for 12 Dog Days Till Christmas, starring Family Matters’ Reginald VelJohnson, including Disney Channel Latin America; Bell Media, Canada; Zylo for France and French Speaking Africa; Jigsaw for Australia and New Zealand, V Tele for French Speaking Canada, and D Smart for Turkey and Cyprus.
“Movies that appeal to families for co-viewing and those targeted to kids and teens continue to resonate with global buyers across all platforms,” commented MarVista Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Distribution Vanessa Shapiro. “Holiday titles remain a staple with traditional broadcast partners around the world, and the thriving SVOD market provides new opportunities to supply themed programming to engaged audiences.”
MarVista recently acquired three new family-friendly titles that will join the company’s MIPTV premieres. New titles for kids and teens include My New Best Friend, a Foxfield Entertainment and Mystique Films Production and UP Premiere Movie (January 2015) starring James Denton (Grace Unplugged, Desperate Housewives), Lilah Fitzgerald (The Pastor’s Wife) and Laura Mennell (Watchmen). Penelope, “Polka-dot,” finds a friend in both Officer Cooper and his K-9 partner Luey, the bloodhound. They’re a mismatched trio perfect for each other! Kids vs Monsters, a creature feature movie starring Malcolm McDowell, Armand Assante, Lance Henriksen, Richard Moll and Francesca Eastwood about six teenagers tricked by their parents into going to a “reform school” run by monsters who are charged with dispatching of its students! A Dark Dunes production featuring practical creature special effects by Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (The Thing, X-Men: First Class, AVP).