Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Screen Media Acquires International Rights to Moonstone Entertainment Film Catalog

Cos Cob, CT

Published on: May 10, 2021

Including Titles from Noah Baumbach, Timothy Hutton, and Alan Rudolph


Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced that Screen Media has acquired international rights to a substantial part of the Moonstone Entertainment Library with a 10-year exclusive deal. Deal will include titles from Noah Baumbach, Timothy Hutton and Alan Rudolph.  Screen Media plans to take the 47 library titles to market right away. The deal, negotiated by Ernst “Etchie” Stroh on behalf of Moonstone Entertainment and David Fannon and Michael Kosche on behalf of Screen Media, in partnership with MEP, represents the continuation of a long-standing relationship between Screen Media and Moonstone Entertainment.


Established by Etchie Stroh and his wife Yael at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992, Moonstone Entertainment is a leading independent film producer, known for films of high quality and commercial success. Over the years they have produced films including Alan Rudolph’s Afterglow starring Nick Nolte, Julie Christie (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for this role), Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller; Mr. Jealousy starring Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra and Peter Bogdanovich; Scott Sanders’ Thick As Thieves starring Alec Baldwin and Michael Jai White; Peter Masterson’s Only Thrill starring Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard; Shimon Dotan’s Diamond Dogs starring Dolph Lundgren; and, Timothy Hutton’s Digging To China starring Kevin Bacon and Evan Rachel Wood. 


“We are excited to add this new acquisition of commercial titles to our growing catalogue and continue our long-standing relationship with Etchie and Moonstone,” said David Fannon, President of Screen Media, EVP of Distribution for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. 


“After decades of successfully working together, I feel that Screen Media is a perfect home for this part of our catalog for the next decade and will give us time to focus on our upcoming productions. I wish David, Michael and the team of Screen Media good luck,” added Stroh of Moonstone Entertainment. S



Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted, and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.



Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third-party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit:



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