Shout! Factory has closed a North American distribution deal with Aardman Animations for a quartet of the studio’s biggest properties, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Morph, and Timmy Time.
- Under the new deal, Shout! Factory picks up exclusive physical home video, electronic sell-through, transactional video-on-demand rights, and limited theatrical rights to the four Aardman properties in the U.S. and Canada.
- For Wallace & Gromit Shout’s acquisition includes all shorts and features and for Shaun the Sheep all series and specials.
- Laura Taylor-Williams, head of digital and strategic development at Aardman, said in a release: “To be delighting North American audiences once again with our much-loved catalog is key to our new strategy. We are collaborating on an exciting release schedule that will speak to ardent Aardman fans as well as bringing our joyful animations to new audiences.”
- Melissa Boag executive vp of kids and family at Shout, added: “We’re big fans of Aardman and these wonderful films and series and are very much looking forward to creating a release plan that excites dedicated fans and creates new ones. Aardman’s worldwide reputation as an innovative home for compelling stories that captivate audiences makes them an ideal partner for Shout! Factory.”
Pictured at top: Morph, Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit, Timmy Time