Monday, August 23, 2010

Dragonslayer Signs with Screen Media!

From Jesse Herron at the INDIE Q list:

Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer Newsletter
August 18, 2010
WendieDear Ann,
This week our little movie has taken a big leap forward in the process of getting out to the world.

This is a public email.  We see no reason why you shouldn't forward it to everybody you have ever met.
1. Dragonslayer Signs With Screen Media!

Wendie"Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer" has been picked up for domestic distribution by Screen Media, a robust and successful distribution organization.  Their full company information can be accessed by visiting their website but we're not shy in saying that we are extremely excited about this distribution deal.  Screen Media's home video label is well known throughout the industry, with Universal Studios Home Entertainment being their primary distributor.  In addition, Screen Media licenses programming to basic and pay cable outlets including HBO, Showtime, Starz, Turner, Lifetime, A&E, Encore, Sci-Fi Channel, Court TV, Hallmark, and U.S.A. Networks.

Soon, "Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer" will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and television all over the country!
2. The Country? Try the World!

Screen Media has purchased the rights to distribution in the North American territories of the U.S. and Canada.  Previously, Strategic Film Partners purchased the rights to all other territories.

The way it works is that for film distribution purposes, the foreign territories are divided into 35 pieces, and those rights get sold one at a time.  SFP is the agent that sells those rights to foreign distributors.

It takes some time, but the headline above is true.  This is a movie that will play the world over.

3. What's Next?

Well, we don't know all the answers to that yet.  Screen Media has guaranteed a DVD street date of February 28, 2011 or before.  So, we know you'll be able to buy the DVD by then. 

Now that the deal is finalized and information is open to the public, we'll be free to send more updates on a regular basis.  We'll let you know where it's going to play and be for sale, and how you can go about buying copies for all of your friends.  And all of your enemies.

At this point, it's all about sales for us.  We believe in our movie, and what we know is that the audience it was made for--children ages 6 to 12--love it.  It's the best movie they've ever seen.  All we have to do is make sure they know it's there.

Please let your friends now that the best way to receive updates is to sign up on our site.  It's free and the whole thing takes 30 seconds to do.
4. A Personal Note From Ryil

I just want to take a moment to congratulate everybody who worked on, invested in, or supported this movie.  No movie is perfect, and though this one turned out to be very good, it's not perfect either.  Frankly, the distribution it's going to get is what it deserves: worldwide DVD and television, but not a large theatrical release like the one for "Harry Potter" or something.

I want to be clear though: this type of success doesn't happen to most movies like ours.  There are a lot of movies being made like this, funded in living rooms and out of retirement accounts, shot on borrowed equipment and with a pound of flesh from free labor, edited in spare bedrooms on home computers.  There are not a lot of those movies that succeed; most of them never really get seen.  You're already more successful than 99% of the movies like this in the history of world, and that's not made up math.

We always felt like we had two promises to keep.  First, we'd do what we could to make sure that all the free labor meant something, that this wouldn't be just one more movie that died before it got shown. Second, we'd do what we could to turn a profit for the people who helped us out with, well, cash.  We're not finished on either account, but things sure are looking up.

As always, thanks for your support. 

Ryil Adamson
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer
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