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Sony Pictures secures Angry Birds movie distribution rights

Sony Pictures secures Angry Birds movie distribution rights
Zen Terrelonge

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Games / Angry Birds / May 17th 2013 at 1:58PM

Feathery 3D film to hit cinemas on July 1st, 2016.

Back in December, Rovio confirmed the details of its independently developed, produced and financed 3D Angry Birds animated film. While the company seems set on doing everything in house, Sony Pictures Entertainment has fought off rival studios and secured the exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the movie.

Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, co-chairman, said: "Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate. There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table. We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together."

Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio, said: "Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture. Michael, Amy, Jeff Blake, Sony's marketing and distribution head, and their teams will be the best possible collaborators as we get set to take our franchise to the next level."

This will mark Rovio's first feature length film, though the company recently introduced an Angry Birds video distribution channel. The team warned many more announcements will follow in the coming months as production begins. The Angry Birds movie will hit cinemas on July 1st, 2016.