Cinedigm announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights to ADVENTURES OF THE PENGUIN KING, a documentary produced by Atlantic Productions that tracks, in intimate detail, the exploits of one spunky King Penguin. Shot entirely in stunning 4K 3D, the film is told by Tim Allen. Cinedigm is planning a multi-platform release this winter.
ADVENTURES OF THE PENGUIN KING follows Rex (Allen), a young King Penguin living near the remote island of South Georgia also known as “Penguin City,” a sub-Antarctic habitat that plays host to leopard and elephant seals, albatrosses, and six million penguins. After years at sea as a bachelor, Rex returns home eager to settle down and start a family. So begins a truly extraordinary and emotion-filled adventure.
“King Penguins are surprisingly expressive, full of character, and despite the harsh realities of filming for five months in the remote Antarctic, we were able to capture a moving and irresistibly comic story of one penguin’s challenge to find a mate and raise a chick,” said Anthony Geffen, the film’s producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions. “We’re delighted that in Cinedigm we’ve found a partner to bring this warm-hearted and compelling film to theatres in the US and Canada.”
“The demand for high quality, family-friendly features has never been stronger and we’re thrilled to be continuing our expansion into this space with Atlantic Productions as partners,” said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Theatrical Acquisitions for Cinedigm. “Families will be captivated and moved by this wonderfully exciting story and the wildly entertaining Tim Allen.”
From the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning team at Atlantic Productions, the film was produced in association with British media powerhouse BSkyB and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.
Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Cinedigm with John Morris of Atlantic Productions.
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About Atlantic Productions
Atlantic productions is one of the world’s leading factual production companies. In the last 21 years it has built an international reputation for popular, innovative and critically acclaimed award-winning productions. Atlantic is a group of companies which include theatrical, television, a computer graphics company and app creators who have pioneered content across many different digital platforms.
Theatrical productions include the BAFTA-winning 3D film Flying Monsters 3D, which is still playing on giant screens around the world; The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest featuring Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, which was released to great critical acclaim and received the Best Giant Screen Award. Adventures of thePenguin King 3D will be released soon in theatres and Galapagos 3D will be released in IMAX cinemas next year.
Landmark television programmes and series produced over the last two decades include triple Emmy-winning David Attenborough’s First Life; The Emmy-winning Jerusalem – City of Heaven; BAFTA-nominated Munich: Mossad’s Revenge; the triple Emmy-winning The Promised Land five part series, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the award-winning three-part series, Prohibition; the Emmy-nominated Nefertiti Resurrected; The Link; Predator X and the multi-part series Egypt unwrapped, Rome Unwrapped and the Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation.
Recent 3D productions for television with the world renowned naturalist David Attenborough include Kingdom of Plants 3D, which won the Best European 3D Documentary Award; Galapagos 3D which was one of the highest rated 3D series ever seen on television, and the recently seen and highly acclaimed Micro Monsters 3D about insects.
Atlantic has also won several special international awards including an Emmy for outstanding computer graphics for First Life; The Innovation Award at the International Broadcasting Convention for Flying Monsters 3D, and more recently the Kingdom of Plants app was nominated by Apple in the top twenty worldwide apps for 2012. Atlantic was also nominated for the Best Production Company in 2012.
In 2011 Atlantic formed a company, Colossus, with Sky 3D, one of Britain’s largest broadcast companies to develop and produce high-end and innovative films and series in 3D.
About Anthony Geffen
Anthony Geffen is a BAFTA and Emmy winning filmmaker who is regarded as one of the world’s leading documentary producers. His theatrical work includes the BAFTA award winning Flying Monsters 3D still playing in Giant Screens around the world and TheWildest Dream: Conquest of Everest featuring Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, which was released to great critical acclaim and won the Best Giant Screen Award. He also produced the Adventures of the Penguin King theatrically, which will be released soon in theatres and Galapagos 3D, which will also be released in cinemas next year.
Landmark television programmes and series produced over the last two decades include triple Emmy-winning serial David Attenborough’s First Life; The Emmy-winning Jerusalem – City of Heaven; BAFTA–nominated Munich: Mossad’s Revenge; the triple Emmy–nominated The Promised Land five-part series, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the award-winning three-part series, Prohibition. Award winning Specials including: Nefertiti Resurrected, The Link, Predator X and multi-part series, Egypt Unwrapped, Rome Unwrapped, and the Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation.
He has produced several 3D/4K productions with David Attenborough, the world renowned naturalist including Kingdom of Plants 3D and more recently Micro Monsters 3D about insects. He recently completed Rise of Animals with David Attenborough for BBC/PBS and a new cutting edge Archeology series called Touching the Past for National Geographic/PBS. He is also renowned for working with the latest technologies and produced the award winning Kingdom of Plants app named by Apple as one of their top 10 apps of 2012.