SOURCE: Target Development Group Inc.

February 11, 2011 15:08 ET

"Turtle" Sets Incredible Journey to America With Hannover House Summer Theatrical Release

BERLIN--(Marketwire - February 11, 2011) -  "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," an acclaimed nature documentary from National Geographic Explorer and Meerkat Madness producer -- director Nick Stringer, will open at U.S. Theatres beginning June 24, 2011 from Hannover House, the entertainment division of Target Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TDGI). The agreement for all rights in North America was negotiated by Eric Parkinson, CEO of Hannover House and Solveig Langeland and Beatrix Wesle of Sola Media and announced today at the Berlinale Film Festival.

With the completion of the North American license, "Turtle: The Incredible Journey" has been sold to all major territories worldwide, and has already achieved considerable commercial success. The Hannover House theatrical release plan is designed to mirror the launch of the thematically comparable nature documentary, "March of The Penguins," which went on to generate over $77.4-milion in U.S. theatrical gross box office receipts, with home video revenues estimated in the $30-million range. 

About the Film:

TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY is the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world.

Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream up towards the Arctic and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic across to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. But the odds are stacked against her; just one in ten thousand turtles survive the journey.

She faces many hazards, her siblings are lost in the doldrums of the Sargasso Sea, she comes face to face with creatures of the deep and nearly dies at the hands of fishermen. She travels up north but she drifts from her life current, the Gulf Stream, into dangerously cold waters. When she finally reaches the Azores on the other side of the Atlantic, she sees the greatest celebration of life on the Earth as sperm whale and baitballs explode from the water. But deep and powerful changes are happening in the oceans -- the fish are disappearing, sea levels are rising, the turtle's birthing beach could be washed away and bring a way of life to an end.

Then her calling comes, she must return to her beach. When she finally reaches the shores of Florida, 25 years will have passed! Under a million stars, she crawls out of the sea to lay her own eggs and keeps the Turtles Journey alive.

TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY has all the elements of a great epic: suspense, adventure, despair and hope, told through stunning photography and engaging narration by Miranda Richardson.

Hannover House has set a release date of Friday, June 24th for the film's launch to theaters in America. Initial markets will be New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, offering the film to theaters on both 35mm format as well as DCP HD format, including a 3-D version of the film. Ultimately, Hannover House plans to expand to theaters nationwide, with a release to the home video and video-on-demand markets planned for October.

"We're very excited about the acquisition and release of this film," said Eric Parkinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House and Target Development Group, Inc. "It's extremely commercial, very audience friendly and very suitable for theatres, television and the home video market. Even better, it's available in a 3-D format, which has been especially popular with families. Audiences and reviewers worldwide have consistently compared the film to 'March of the Penguins' in terms of wholesome, entertainment value and universal appeal. 'Turtle' has already proven its value in these top international markets, so it seems likely to become one of Hannover's top grossing titles for the year."

Other theatrical releases on slate for Hannover House during the first half of 2011 include "The Wild Hunt" and "Thru The Moebius Strip." The company has a total of eight theatrical releases planned for 2011, as well as 36 titles for release via DVD, Blu-Ray and Video-On-Demand. In addition to these new releases, Hannover House handles sales and distribution of a growing film library with more than 185 titles, including director Joel Schumacher's "TWELVE," Abel Ferrara's "CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS," Marshall Curry's "RACING DREAMS" and Barry Tubb's "GRAND CHAMPION."

For more information on the film and to view a trailer, visit:

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