Screen Media Parent Chicken Soup For The Soul Sets Senior Executive Trio

Prior to Fusion, he worked on original projects with YouTube and was employed by AMC Networks, Cablevision and MTV Networks. Lansbury comes to CSS after a stint as SVP of programming, production and operations at Fusion Media Group.
He also has held positions at Thrillist Media Group and Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Guelton was formerly CEO at She Media (formerly SheKnows Media), a digital media brand acquired in 2018 by Deadline's parent company, Penske Media Corp.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment had its IPO at $12 a share on the Nasdaq in August 2017. Shares today closed at $8.08, up almost 3%. In its most recent quarterly financial report covering the period ending September 30, the company reported total revenue of $6.6 million, with a net loss per share of one cent narrowing from five cents in the year-earlier period.” />
With roots in brick-and-mortar home video, Screen Media is a distributor of specialty films. Recent films include Bel Canto, a Paul Weitz-directed drama starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe, and The Mercy with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. It will release Terry Gilliam’s long-in-the-works The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce.
Fannon, a former A&E Television veteran who joined Screen Media in 2005, will now lead all CSS Entertainment distribution and content acquisition initiatives.
Current series include Hidden Heroes on the CW, Vacation Rental Potential on A&E and Being Dad on Netflix. The company also makes original TV series and short-form videos, most of them funded by sponsors.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, whose holdings include established specialty distributor Screen Media, has appointed three top executives to its management team.
And George Lansbury has been named EVP of content strategy for CSS and president of CSS originals. David Fannon has been promoted to EVP of distribution for CSS while remaining president of Screen Media. Philippe Guelton has been named EVP of CSS Entertainment and president of VOD networks.
Its subscription VOD technology platform Pivotshare, acquired last year, caters to paid video subscribers across hundreds of independent channels. It bought Screen Media in 2017. CSS Entertainment operates six owned and operated ad-supported VOD networks, including Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Frightpix, Popcornflix Comedy, Espanolflix, and Truli.
We have set the stage with the team to meaningfully accelerate our growth in the near-term.” We are also particularly pleased to announce the promotion of David Fannon, who has proven his value to our organization. Rouhana, Jr., said in a press release. “The entertainment industry continues to evolve. As consumers look for new ways to find the content they enjoy, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is uniquely positioned to benefit from this evolution,” Chairman and CEO William J. “Recruiting Philippe Guelton and George Lansbury to CSS Entertainment is a noteworthy achievement, speaking to the progress we have made.

Sundance Horror Comedy ‘Corporate Animals’ Acquired By Screen Media

When disaster strikes, not even their useless guide Brandon (Helms) can save them. Trapped underground by a cave-in, this mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive. In her infinite wisdom, she leads her staff, including her long-suffering assistants Freddie (Soni) and Jess (Williams), on a corporate team-building spelunking weekend in New Mexico. Sam Bain wrote the script. Moore plays Lucy, the egotistical, megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edible Cutlery, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery.
“This is a really special movie and Screen Media gets that," Helms said. "I know we’re in great hands, and I can’t wait for the world to see what the warped minds of Patrick Brice, Sam Bain, and this epic cast have served up.”” />
Helms and Mike Falbo of Pacific Electric Picture Co. produced with Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment.
Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Corporate Animals, the horror comedy from Patrick Brice that bowed in January in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. Demi Moore, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Nasim Pedrad, Martha Kelly, Jennifer Kim and Ed Helms (and the voice of Britney Spears) topline the film, which is now getting a summer day-and-date theatrical release.
Seth Needle, SVP Worldwide Acquisitions at Screen Media, negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

Screen Media Adds Pair Of Distribution Execs Amid Slate Ramp-Up – Sundance

They will join Screen Media SVP Worldwide Acquisitions Seth Needle and Director of Marketing Abbey Warner at Sundance.
Both execs are on the ground in Park City with the Sundance Film Festival kicking off today.
Indie film distributor Screen Media has hired Michael Messina as EVP Distribution and Lisa Burgueno as VP Digital Distribution. The moves from the company, acquired in 2017 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, comes at it plans to increase its release slate to 20 films or more per year.
Burgueno, previously at Lionsgate/Starz Digital and before that in distribution positions at Cinedigm and Microsoft Movies & TV, will manage Screen Media's transactional partnerships and media planning across digital and on-demand services. Messina, most recently VP Global Distribution & Acquisitions in Starz's digital distribution division, has been consulting with Screen Media and now takes on oversight of domestic distribution, sales and marketing.
“Screen Media has been building a robust slate over the past year as we continue to aggressively expand our distribution business,” said Screen Media president David Fannon. “Mike has an excellent reputation for working with filmmakers and delivering revenue growth. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience marketing and distributing film and television series in the digital space. Together they greatly expand our distribution capabilities and we are thrilled to add them to the team.”
Other 2019 pics include Adult Life Skills with Jodie Whittaker and A Violent Separation toplined by Brenton Thwaites and Ben Robson.” /> Screen Media's recent releases include Paul Weitz's Bel Canto, and it just acquired Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce.

Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ Rides To North America With Screen Media

Screen Media has picked up North American rights to Terry Gilliam’s long-in-the-works drama The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Molla.
Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality. In Gilliam's tale, Adam Driver plays Toby, a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce), who believes he is Don Quixote, mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza.
Screen Media, in partnership with event cinema specialist Fathom Events, is planning a theatrical release for March 2019. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions at Screen Media with the filmmakers.
After a tortured journey to production, the film was a hot button topic at Cannes where a producer tried to block the film's distribution, leading to Amazon's exit as U.S. It has indeed been quite the ride for the filmmakers. partner and additional legal issues.” />
audiences will finally get to see Terry Gilliam's quest." "Screen Media is thrilled that U.S. It is the perfect pairing of a film with a filmmaker, the story of Don Quixote, a man who believes in things that seemingly no one else believes in, until finally, they share his vision," said David Fannon, President of Screen Media. "Terry Gilliam is a true auteur and his latest film does not disappoint.
Directed and written by Gilliam, the film is co-written by Tony Grisoni and produced by Mariela Besuievsky, Amy Gilliam, Gerardo Herrero and Gregoire Melin. The film had its world premiere as the Closing Night Film at Cannes 2018.

IFTA Elects 8 To Board Of Directors; ‘Deep Murder’ Horror Comedy Cuts To Screen Media – AFM Briefs

The film is produced by Dark Web Productions, Defiant Studios and LIFE Entertainment in association with Slated. Jerry O’Connell, Christopher McDonald, Chris Redd, Katie Aselton, Quinn Beswick, Josh Margolin, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Stephanie Drake star in the film, which will hit theaters and on demand in the first half of 2019. Screen Media has acquired North American rights to Deep Murder, the comedy horror film from Nick Corirossi that bowed at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The script from Beswick, Margolin, Benjamin Smolen and Nikolai Von Kelleis is set in the alternate reality of a tacky soft-core porn films, where a group of increasingly self-aware stock characters are up against a mysterious killer offing them one by one. Fleischman, Andrew Swett, Jesse Berger, Brent Johnson, Drew Foster and Patrick McErlean produced, and Teddy Cabugos, Michael Yedwab, Craig Dobbin, Alan Sliper, Cary Anderson and McDonald are executive producers. Screen Media's Seth Needle negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.” /> Eric B.
They join the 20-member board at the indie film and TV trade association chaired by Michael Ryan of GFM Films. “This board represents the true global breadth of IFTA’s Membership which has grown to 22 countries, as well as the diverse film and television programming they finance, produce, sell and distribute," Ryan said. The newly elected members that will serve on the board for the 2018-2020 term: Alison Thompson (Cornerstone Films); Nat McCormick (The Exchange); Gene George (Lionsgate); Frederick Tsui (Media Asia); Pierre David (Reel One Entertainment); Anna Marsh (StudioCanal); Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment); and Alexandra Cocean (Voltage Pictures). "The expertise each one brings to the table will be invaluable to the organization as we face the future.” The Independent Film & Television Alliance's annual elections has resulted in eight new members voted to the alliance's board of directors, the organization said Monday at the American Film Market.

‘Midnight Sun’ Director Scott Speer Signs On For Dark Rom-Com ‘S21’ – AFM

Written by Greg Wayne, the plot of S21 is set in a not-so-distant future where clinically assisted suicide has become legal at age 21. Casting is underway. A chance encounter in a clinic waiting room leads two lost souls to spend the final 24 hours of their lives together discovering the true meaning of life and death.
The news is being announced at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, and a spring 2019 production start is being eyed. EXCLUSIVE: Scott Speer, the director whose credits include Step Up Revolution, Til I See You and the Bella Thorne-Patrick Schwarzenegger romancer Midnight Sun, has come aboard to helm S21, a dark and edgy romantic comedy from Catapult Entertainment Group.
Catapult's Christopher Watkins and Kevin Goetz are producing with Charles Stiefel from Needle’s Eye, whose most recent tie-up A Violent Separation scored a North American distribution deal with Screen Media this week at AFM.
Speer knows a bit about directing dark. Midnight Sun starred Thorne as teen with a rare genetic condition that keeps her housebound during daylight, which she must reconcile when she meets the boy (Schwarzenegger) of her dreams. It grossed $27.4 million worldwide after its March 2018 release via Open Road.
“S21 is a timely story to tell and while it does explore darker aspects of what it’s like for all of us to be human, ultimately it’s about finding hope and love in the most unlikely places and what we choose to do with it,” Watkins said. Added Goetz: “Scott has long been our first choice to helm S21 and with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide, we’re confident that his style and vision will lend themselves perfectly in telling this incredible little story."
Speer is repped by UTA and Artists First.” />