SHOUT! FACTORY AND HASBRO STUDIOS ENTER GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE FOR THE UPCOMING ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS
Los Angeles, CA – May 28, 2013 – Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), announced a new worldwide distribution alliance for the highly anticipated animated movie MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS. Produced and developed by Hasbro Studios, this all-new animated family adventure boasts an exceptional voice cast and delivers a brand new take on the popular MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC animated series, packed with familiar characters, vibrant animation and unforgettable original music that the whole family will enjoy. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos and Hasbro Studios president Stephen Davis.
“The MY LITTLE PONY brand is a global sensation and continues to captivate fans of all ages worldwide. The MY LITTLE PONY home entertainment product line has been one of our top drivers on family home entertainment shelves,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement. “We’re incredibly excited about this opportunity and look forward to presenting this remarkable family movie worldwide through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms.”
MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS is set to hit the home entertainment marketplace and a variety of digital entertainment platforms in North America and international territories later this year.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls is a brand new full-length feature introducing a whole new dimension into the My Little Pony world. When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, TWILIGHT SPARKLE pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet… high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of PONYVILLE’S APPLEJACK, RARITY, RAINBOW DASH, PINKIE PIE, AND FLUTTERSHY, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.
MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS is a production of Hasbro Studios; executive producers, Stephen Davis, Chris Bartleman, Kirsten Newlands; producers, Sarah Wall, Devon Cody; written by Meghan McCarthy; and directed by Jayson Thiessen. Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Cathy Weseluck are among the distinguished voice cast.
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About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 170 countries globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS 4 (Paramount), STRETCH ARMSTRONG (Relativity Media) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com