Fox Searchlight Acquires Documentary YOUNG@HEART



    Specialty Arm Acquires North American Rights to Audience Favorite

    LOS ANGELES, CA July 3, 2007 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Chief Operating Officer Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired the Northern American rights to the moving and inspiring documentary YOUNG@HEART, the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival hit which won the Audience Award for the Best International Feature. Directed by Stephen Walker, YOUNG@HEART stars the New England senior citizens chorus that has delighted audiences worldwide with their covers of songs by everyone from The Clash to Coldplay. The film is produced by Sally George, executive produced by Hannah Beckerman and funded by Channel 4 in the UK. The film is scheduled to be released in Spring 2008.

    “Young@Heart is everything one could want in a moviegoing experience: surprising, moving, enlightening, and entertaining. The audience becomes a community as they laugh, applaud, and shed some tears. We couldn’t be more honored to have this film as Searchlight’s first documentary in over a decade,” said Utley.

    “I am absolutely thrilled,” said Stephen Walker. “This is the first film for our new company, Walker George Films, and my producer Sally George and I are incredibly excited to be working with the wonderfully talented and enthusiastic team at Fox Searchlight.”

    Rena Ronson of William Morris Independent represented the film on behalf of Channel 4 and the filmmakers and negotiated the deal along with Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb. Executive Vice President Joseph DeMarco, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Safford and Director of Acquisitions Ray Strache negotiated on behalf of Fox Searchlight.

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