Friday, August 9, 2013

Great news for Chicken Soup For The Soul fans


Warner Bros. based Alcon Entertainment Developing The Iconic Brand,
Chicken Soup for the Soul, as a Major Theatrical Feature
With The Kerner Entertainment Company

LOS ANGELES, CA., AUGUST 8, 2013—Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “Dolphin
Tale,” “P.S. I Love You”) has acquired film and television rights to the famed Chicken Soup forthe Soul brand from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, as was announced by Alcon cofounders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Alcon is set to finance and produce a major feature film that shares the brand’s name, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” The film will be produced by The Kerner Entertainment Company and its principal Jordan Kerner (“The Smurfs 1&2”, “Charlotte’s Web,” “George of the Jungle,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and many others) along with Johnson and Kosove.

Writer Brandon Camp (“Love Happens”) will write the screenplay, which is inspired by a variety of characters and stories from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Warner Bros will release via Alcon’s output deal.

The film will be Executive Produced by Ben Haber (“The Smurfs,” “Across the Universe”), Bill Rouhana and Tim Rouhana (“The Path of Most Resistance”) with Kate Moulene set as coproducer. 

Stated Kosove and Johnson: “We’re thrilled to partner with ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul,’ the world renowned brand that has become synonymous with inspiration and life improvement and has touched hundreds of millions of readers through the power of storytelling. The ‘Chicken
Soup for the Soul’ series lends itself perfectly to a fictional narrative that will inspire, entertain and intrigue.” 

Kerner added: “I have so much respect for the brand Bill Rouhana has built and continues to
build and accelerate at Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is based on inspiration from true life stories,
an inspiration which is much needed in the world today, as well as a set of beliefs that I hold near
and dear.”

Originally created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993, Chicken Soup for the Soul
has evolved into a worldwide multi-channel brand now stewarded by publisher Amy Newmark
and expanded by veteran CEO Bill Rouhana.

“On the 20th anniversary of our first book, I’m delighted to go back to my roots by adding
movies and television to the variety of servings that Chicken Soup for the Soul offers. Our fans and readers trust us as their source for positive and moving stories and they’re hungry for more. It would be a disservice to them not to bring ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ to life in film. I know that Alcon, Kerner and Camp are the right partners to make that happen,” said Bill Rouhana
CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Deal was negotiated by Alcon’s COO Scott Parish, and attorneys Scott Edel (Loeb & Loeb) for Alcon, Chuck Scott (Gang Tyre) for Kerner, Peter Dekom for Chicken Soup for the Soul and Paradigm agent, Rand Holston, who represents both Kerner and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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