Screen Media Acquires Worldwide Rights to Bella Thorne Thriller Saint Clare

NEW YORK, NY

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of worldwide rights to the upcoming thriller Saint Clare and will have its Foresight Unlimited division launch international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The film will be directed by Mitzi Peirone (Braid) and is written by Guinevere Turner (American Psycho) and Mitzi Peirone, based on the hit novel “Clare at 16” by Don Roff, with its novel sequel out in 2023. The film stars Bella Thorne (the upcoming Rumble Through the Dark, Time Is Up) and the producers are in negotiations with Rebecca DeMornay to join the cast, with additional casting of other key roles underway.  The film will be produced by David Chackler, Arielle Elwes, Thor Bradwell, and Joel Michaely. Executive producers are Cassian Elwes, Seth Needle, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Veronica Radaelli, Tom Culliver, Nadia Redler, Dave Sereny, and Jere Hausfater.

 

The film is scheduled to begin production soon in Kentucky. 

 

Saint Clare follows Clare Bleecker (Thorne), a quiet catholic college student with a divine vocation for killing.

 

Screen Media said, “With such a talented pedigree, we're thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Cassian Elwes and his Elevated Films banner and working with Bella Thorne again on this powerful project that will captivate audiences.”

 

Producer Arielle Elwes said, “We’re thrilled to be working with the incredible Bella Thorne; she is so perfect for the role. Mitzi is the real thing, and I can’t wait to see what she cooks up for what will be a great franchise.”

 

Bella Thorne and Mitzi Peirone are repped by Thor Bradwell of Thirty Three Management. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle on behalf of Screen Media and Jere Hausfater for Elevated. 

 

ABOUT FORESIGHT UNLIMITED 

Foresight Unlimited, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. company, is one of the industry’s leading independent film sales, production, and distribution companies. The company’s sales group is helmed by President, Tamara Birkemoe, who has been with the company for over 16 years and oversees all aspects of the company’s slate. With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, first as an actor, and then a producer, Chairman of Foresight Unlimited, Mark Damon, is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer, having garnered over 11 Oscar nominations and 1 win (Monster) during his outstanding career.

 

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC 

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. Screen Media also recently acquired 1091 Pictures. For more information, visit:www.screenmedia.net.

 

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) (the “Company”) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The Company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad- supported VOD streaming services including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media and 1091 Pictures subsidiaries and produces original video content through the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. 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.

 

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