Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of all US rights to the found footage horror film Stoker Hills. Directed by filmmaker Benjamin Louis, the film was written by Jonah Kuehner (Good Luck Charlie), and stars William Lee Scott (Butterfly Effect), Danny Nucci (Titanic), Steffani Brass (Six Feet Under), and Tony Todd (Candyman). Rab Butler, Timothy Christian, Jonah Kuehner, and Benjamin Louis produced through Streetwalkers Productions. Screen Media is planning a day-and-date release in January.
In the secluded town of Stoker Hills, three college students filming a horror movie find themselves trapped in their own worst nightmare. Their only hope for survival is two detectives who find the camera they left behind in the woods.
“After several years of hard work and dedication, our team is thrilled to partner with Screen Media for our domestic release,” said director Benjamin Louis. “We are excited to share the film with the US audience.”
“We’re always on the hunt for new, innovative genre voices, and we found just that with director Benjamin Louis,” said Screen Media in a statement. “His fresh take on the found footage subgenre surprises at every turn.”
Seth Needle, EVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated the deal with Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screen Media recently acquired Fast Charlie starring Pierce Brosnan ahead of AFM, La Soga Salvation after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Casey Tebo’s Black Friday starring Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell, after it bowed at Fantastic Fest. Recent releases include Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers starring Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine, and Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity starring John Boyega and Olivia Cooke. Previous releases include the Barry Pepper thriller Trigger Point, Simon West’s action disaster film Skyfire, and the Nicolas Cage hit Willy’s Wonderland.
About Screen Media Ventures, LLC
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit: www.screenmedia.net.
About Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, APlus.com and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.