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Anchor Bay Films Gets Young, Wild and Free With Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa With the Pick-Up of Mac and Devin Go To High SchoolFilm Features Chart-Topping Music Including "Young, Wild and Free," "That Good" and "Smokin' On" (April 02, 2012)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/12 -- Anchor Bay Films has picked up the rights to Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's film Mac and Devin Go To High School. The agreement includes all rights, excluding subscription VOD, for the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Directed by Dylan Brown, Mac and Devin Go To High School follows the release of the chart-topping soundtrack of the same name which debuted back in December 2011. Additionally, the film will be supported by Snoop and Wiz at numerous upcoming tour dates. Today's deal was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
"We're extremely excited to be working with Snoop and Wiz," stated Clark. "Their new album has done extremely well and we're happy they chose Anchor Bay Films to release Mac and Devin."
"Snoop has an extremely loyal following and somehow, even though he's only one person, he's everywhere," commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Anchor Bay Films. "We're excited that he's joining the Anchor Bay Films family and Mac and Devin will easily become the Cheech and Chong of this era."
Valedictorian hopeful, Devin Overstreet (Khalifa) struggles to pen his graduation speech when it becomes clear that all his academic overachievements left him with little-to-no life experiences. He finds an unlikely inspiration in Mac Johnson (Snoop Dogg), the least achieving student on campus. Mac, a 15-year senior and consummate ladies man, is smitten with the school's new substitute chemistry teacher. He soon realizes that the only way he'll truly have a chance with her is if he finally graduates high school. In only three weeks, Mac must cram four years of high school academics and Devin must cram four years of teenage experience.
In addition to Snoop and Wiz, Mac and Devin Go To High School stars Mike Epps (Jumping the Broom, Lottery Ticket), Andy Milonakis (2 Dudes and a Dream, Who's Your Caddy?), Affion Crocket (Never Back Down, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins) and features voice over by rapper Mystikal as Slow Burn as well as a cameo appearance by the hit pop group, Far East Movement. The film is filled with some of the latest music from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa including the hit "Young, Wild and Free" and features Bruno Mars, Curren$y, Juicy J and Mike Posner as well.
Snoop Dogg's ability to stay at the forefront of popular culture and connect with his fans has resulted in unwavering relevance. While he's a TV and movie star, the founder and coach of a hugely successful youth football league and a savvy adapter of new technology, Snoop Dogg remains, without a doubt, The Doggfather of hip-hop.
Wiz Khalifa took the rap world by storm in 2011 with the release of his Grammy-nominated platinum hit "Black And Yellow." Wiz released his major label debut, "Rolling Papers," in March 2011, which has gone on to reach gold-certification and has spawned 3 multi-platinum singles.
The deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, Michele Sanchez and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films; Ben Weiss of Paradigm and Jamie Afifi of Ziffren Brittenham negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
About Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay Films is unique in that it offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the U.S. Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and is on the ground providing quality distribution with operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, as well as distribution capabilities in other key territories. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. Recent releases include Seeking Justice starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce which opened on March 18th and Touchback starring Brian Presley which opens on April 13th. Films in its library include the critically-acclaimed comedy City Island starring Andy Garcia and Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas as well as the 2011 releases of Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, Toronto Film Festival award-winner Beautiful Boy with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen and Cannes 2011 premiere Corman's World. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of Starz Media, LLC which is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.
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