Saban Films Acquires "Long Story Short"

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Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Long Story Short written, directed by and co-starring Academy Award® nominee Josh Lawson (The Little Death, Bombshell, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues). 

The romantic comedy also stars Rafe Spall (Just Mercy, Life of Pi), Zahra Newman (Truth, "Wentworth"), Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, Bliss) and Dena Kaplan ("Dance Academy," "Camp").  Jamie Hilton (Breath, Backtrack, The Little Death) produced alongside Michael Pontin and Isabel Stanfield under their See Pictures banner. The film is backed by STUDIOCANAL, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Spectrum Films.

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Long Story Short follows Teddy (Spall), who wakes up the morning after his wedding to discover that every few minutes he's jumping forward to the next year of his life. He must use every precious moment wisely to keep from losing the love of his life, and to learn to love the life he's losing.

"We are such huge fans of Josh Lawson's first film The Little Death and are honored to partner with him on his newest feature," commented Saban Films' Bill Bromiley.  "Our audiences will love the humor and heartwarming story that this incredible cast delivers."    

"It's exciting to again be partnering with the team at Saban Films to release one of our Australian titles to American audiences" said producer Jamie Hilton, "We could all use a life affirming, laugh out loud comedy right now, and Josh's Long Story Short really delivers." 

Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban Films with STUDIOCANAL's Loubna Berrada and Aska Yamaguchi and UTA's Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.  Executive producers are Josh Lawson, Sonia Borella, Cumulus VFX's Will Gammon, Spectrum Films' Josh Pomeranz and Charlie Tynan.  STUDIOCANAL are handling international sales for the film and are releasing the film in Australia and New Zealand.

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Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company's successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage.

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Saban Films' upcoming slate includes: Happily starring Emmy Award® nominee Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé and Emmy Award® nominee Stephen Root; Jaume Balagueró's The Vault starring Famke Janssen, Sam Riley, Golden Globe® nominee Freddie Highmore; Under the Stadium Lights starring Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne; Twist starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey and Rita Ora.

About Saban Films

Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group ("SCG"), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.


Established in 2010, See Pictures was founded by producer Jamie Hilton in 2010 and is also home to producers, Michael Pontin, Isabel Stanfield and Cody Greenwood. American releases include Michael Petroni's Backtrack starring Academy Award winner Adrian Brody (Saban), Owen Trevor's Go Karts (Netflix Originals), Stephen McCallam's Outlaws (A24), Simon Baker's Breath co-produced with US producer Mark Johnson for Gran VIa and Baker (Filmrise), Josh Lawson's The Little Death (Magnolia), Stephan Elliott's Swinging Safari (Blue Box) and Claire McCarthy's The Waiting City starring Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton (E1). The company has offices in Sydney, Perth and Los Angeles.

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STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe's leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, The Commuter and Shaun The Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Jojo Moyes adaptation The Last Letter from your Lover, female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake, Gil Kenan's live action A Boy called Christmas and Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy starrer The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year and operates at the international level, by distributing globally its scripted productions and CANAL+ Créations Originales (1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution). STUDIOCANAL has developed a network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM Productions in Germany (Shadowplay), the UK's RED Production Company (Finding Alice, Years and Years), Spain's BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Two Lives, On Death Row) and France's STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds), Benedict Cumberbatch's production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm).

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