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Entertainment UK Firm Elysian Film Group Makes Studio Ghibli Pic ‘Earwig And The Witch’ Its First Acquisition; Nick McKay Appointed Head Of Distribution

13:56  03 december  2020
13:56  03 december  2020 Source:   deadline.com

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Studio Ghibli 's First CG Feature Film ' Earwig and the Witch ' Debuts Trailer: Based on a 2011 novel of the same name. Link. More. Building on its long heritage of beloved animated pictures, Japan’s Studio Ghibli is taking its first step into the world of CG with the debut of Earwig and the Witch .

Studio Ghibli Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films , and has also produced several short films

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UK distributor-producer Elysian Film Group has appointed Picturehouse Entertainment exec Nick McKay as Head of Distribution.

The company has also announced today its first acquisition for theatrical release: Studio Ghibli pic Earwig And The Witch. Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film is the Japanese studio’s first entirely 3DCG animated film.

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Exclusive: Studiocanal exec Jed Benedict is joining Danny Perkins’ Elysian Film Group as Head Of Acquisitions & Development, we can reveal. Effective immediately, Benedict joins the recently launched CAA-backed UK distribution arm of Perkins and Kate Solomon’s film and TV production

Anime Distribution Feature Film . Earwig and the Witch was one of four animated features selected as part of Cannes’s official line-up this year. Gkids has distributed almost all Ghibli ’s films in North America. In a statement, president David Jesteadt said, “A new Studio Ghibli film is always a cause

The film charts the story of orphan Earwig who has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life will take a new turn when a strange family takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch.

Elysian acquired rights from Wild Bunch International and plans a theatrical run in early 2021.

Meanwhile, McKay joins the recently established UK distribution company, which launched at EFM 2020 as part of Elysian Film Group, Perkins and Kate Solomon’s film and television production company. The company is backed by a minority investment from CAA, marking the first time the agency has worked with a UK partner to launch a distribution label.

McKay was most recently Head of Distribution at Picturehouse, where he worked on a theatrical and home entertainment slate which included The Wife, The Party , Woman At War and God’s Own Country. He joined Picturehouse Entertainment in 2017 following his arrival from Soda Pictures where he was Head Of Distribution. McKay was previously Head of Theatrical Sales for Studiocanal for 12 years, where he worked with Perkins on movies including Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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Studio Ghibli , Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio best known for its anime feature films , and has also produced several short films , television commercials As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that

See more of Studio Ghibli Films (Hayao Miyazaki) on Facebook. Ni No Kuni first movie trailer is out! The movie won't be produced by Studio Ghibli itself but will be directed by Miyazaki and Takahata's ex collaborator Yoshiyuki Momose and the music will be from Joe Hisaishi.

Earlier this year we revealed the cast on Elysian’s first UK production, Greatest Days, which features 16 songs from UK boy-band Take That. The film is currently in development. As we first revealed, the company also hired former Studiocanal exec Jed Benedict.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Danny Perkins’ Elysian Film Group and to have the opportunity to contribute to his exciting vision for the company, along with the immensely talented people he has already put in place. Danny’s commercial acumen, inspiring leadership as well as taste and belief in filmmakers and artists makes me very excited about what is to follow,” said Nick McKay.


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