SLINGSHOT ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS NEW AGREEMENT WITH NWAVE TO
DISTRIBUTE SOS PLANET NARRATED BY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST WALTER CRONKITE
Burbank, CA_ SlingShot Entertainment and nWave Pictures signed a new
distribution agreement at the recent GSTA convention in Toronto. The agreement
includes DVD and VHS distribution of the innovative 3D/2D documentary
SOS Planet, narrated by award-winning journalist Walter Cronkite, who
also makes an on-screen appearance. The film will be released theatrically
in November 2002 in Europe and in the United States in Spring 2003. SlingShot
Entertainment will slate the DVD for retail release in March 2003. The
two companies have enjoyed success together in the past with the DVD release
of Alien Adventure, Haunted Castle and Encounter in the Third Dimension.
SOS Planet takes viewers to the heart of the most environmentally-challenged
areas of our planet. The film is a ground-breaking 3D/2D documentary with
a rich texture blend of live action and computer-generated imagery in
ways never-before-seen in the large format film industry. It explores
the challenge of communicating important messages in today_s media-saturated
world in an entertaining, yet truthful way.
"We_re excited about continuing our partnership with nWave,"
commented Mitch Perliss, Vice President and General Manager of SlingShot
Entertainment. "Thanks to the quality of the nWave films, SlingShot
Entertainment was able to open a new area in the DVD marketplace _ 3D,
and SOS Planet will take us to the next level in 3D DVD releases. Not
only is SOS Planet equally as entertaining as our other 3D titles from
nWave, but it tells a story that needs to be told. "
"This is the latest large format 3D film we_ve made," stated
Ben Stassen, director of the film. "SOS Planet represents quite a
departure from the purely commercial films we have made in the past. It
was a great challenge but also a lot of fun to find cool 3D effects that
would enhance the film_s message about nature conservation. We_re thrilled
that SlingShot Entertainment will help us deliver that message."
nWave and SlingShot are working together to create dramatic 2D and 3D
bonus features for SOS Planet. In addition to a "Making of"
and Director_s Commentary by Ben Stassen, consumers can expect some groundbreaking
bonus feature material that will be both educational and entertaining
nWave Pictures is the first fully integrated digital studio in the world
specializing exclusively in the production of software for the location
based entertainment market (ride films, virtual reality, etc.) and the
large film format industry (15 perf. 70mm films/IMAX ® films, 10 perf.
70mm and 8 perf. 70mm). Founded by Ben Stassen and Brussels based D&D
Entertainment Group in 1994, nWave Pictures along with its sister companies
Movida and Trix, became a pioneer in the use of computer technology for
the production of ride films. Combining computer generated imagery (CGI)
with live action filmmaking, nWave Pictures has risen rapidly to the forefront
of the industry releasing more than 50% of the worldwide supply of new
SlingShot Entertainment is the world_s largest distributor of large format
films on DVD and VHS and the only sales and marketing company to release
field sequential 3D product on DVD. Located in Burbank, CA, SlingShot
is affiliated with The Enterprise Group, a multi-media conglomerate that
provides a variety of world-class services for audio, video, DVD, interactive
and live productions. SlingShot_s complete DVD collection ranges from
an eclectic mix of movies originally presented in IMAX® theaters to
cult and classics films, award-winning music titles and a host of animated
features for all ages.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Procko or Krista Erickson
Sue Procko Public Relations
Director of Product Development