1. Monday 20th June 2016

    Studiocanal Acquires Paddington Bear Brand, Plans Third Paddington Movie

    PARIS - Vivendi's Studiocanal, Europe's biggest film-TV production-distribution company, has acquired Paddington and Company and the Copyrights Group, two purchases that give Studiocanal full ownership of nearly all of the Paddington Bear brand worldwide.

    The deal marks Studiocanal's first acquisition of an iconic European intellectual property. It comes as Studiocanal and parent Vivendi have identified the ownership and exploitation of European properties, especially big, resonant European culture icons, as one of its cardinal growth strategies.

    Studiocanal is also "committed" to a third Paddington movie, Studiocanal chairman-CEO Didier Lupfer said. "Paddington 2," produced by David Heyman ("Harry Potter," "Gravity") and directed by Paul King, is gearing up to go into production in October, tracking for a late 2017 release.

    Unveiled on Monday, the acquisition of Paddington and Company and the Copyrights Group gives Studiocanal filmed and TV usage of the classic children's book character, as well as use of the Paddington Bear IP in live entertainment, video games and theme parks, details which suggest the scale of Vivendi's ambition for the beloved Peruvian bear.

     

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  2. Thursday 27th August 2015

    Paddington breaks Studiocanal record!

    Paddington has clocked up another record for Studiocanal by becoming their fastest selling title to reach over 1 million DVD and Blu-Ray sales in the UK. Paddington has also become the first film to surpass the 1 million sales mark in the UK this year (British Video Association figures).  

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