Prospero Pictures

Prospero Pictures

December 09, 2014 14:00 ET

Prospero Pictures Announces Acquisition of Rights to FOXED! the Award-Winning Short Film From Director James Stewart

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2014) -

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Prospero Pictures has acquired world-wide rights in all media to Director James Stewart's award-winning property FOXED! The agreement between Prospero Pictures and Geneva Film Co. covers rights to an animated feature film, television series and all digital platforms including an Oculus Rift VR Experience.

The feature film is based on Stewart's short film FOXED! It continues the coming-of-age adventure of Emily and the steampunk children of Chiswick. Foxes have kidnapped all the children of the village. Now, the kids must use their inner strength and group ingenuity to reclaim their town.

Stewart's wildly popular short film FOXED! opened at #1 on iTunes in six countries in October 2014, after collecting seven "Best Animated Film" awards, appearing at over ninety film festivals around the world. FOXED! Is currently available on iTunes in 60 countries. The short film was funded in part by CTV Bravofact.

"I am thrilled to partner with an exceptional talent like James who brings innovative storytelling to animation, 3D and to all digital platforms," says Martin Katz, President of Prospero Pictures. "FOXED! already has a global audience and huge social media following. We are thrilled about propelling FOXED! to the next logical step -- an animated feature film."

Stewart will be the director of FOXED! - the feature which is based on Stewart's screenplay and short film. Martin Katz will produce the feature and has already begun discussions with international sales partners. Michael A. Levine, one of Canada's leading entertainment lawyers who has played an active role in building Canada's cultural industries, negotiated the partnership.

"Martin Katz is one of the most respected producers in the industry. His background in online media from the early days of Microsoft's MSN have given him a particularly detailed insight into the possibilities for the adaptation of the fable FOXED!" says Stewart. "Our lead character, Emily, is inspiring to kids - and adults - around the world. I look forward to sharing her adventures in the animated feature and on new platforms like VR."

The animated feature FOXED! is set for a 2017 release and will be one of the first feature films to include a full Oculus Rift VR Experience written and designed to run alongside the feature film release.

The short film FOXED! is now available on iTunes and Vimeo On Demand

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About Prospero Pictures Prospero Pictures is a film and television production company with expertise in the structuring, financing and production of international co-productions, with partners in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, South Africa and the US. Founded by producer Martin Katz, projects include four films with celebrated director David Cronenberg; Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson; A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender; Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche; and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes. Hotel Rwanda was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Katz's most recent television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is an Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures featuring Costello in performance with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lou Reed and Sting.

About Geneva Film Co. Geneva Film Co. was founded by commercial director James Stewart to produce his work in live action, VFX, stop-motion and CG animation on platforms ranging from mobile to giant screen including gesture control and VR. His award-winning stop-motion 3D short film FOXED! has screened at over 90 film festivals, winning multiple awards and opened at #1 on iTunes in October 2014. Stewart's recent projects include 3D cinema commercials for Samsung, Toyota, Lexus, Sprint, and the 3D concert film Experience Montreux. His work on Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams was awarded the Lumière Award for Best 3D Documentary and in 2012, he produced the world's first gesture-controlled 3D cinema game for Samsung. Stewart was recently featured with Ang Lee on the cover of the Directors issue of SHOOT magazine. He is a six-time speaker at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. At TED2011 he presented the TEDTalk Storytelling in the Next Dimension. Jack Dorsey follows him on Twitter @jamesstewart3D

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