Sunday, November 9, 2014

Summer Hill Films Goes Big with International Rights to ‘The Fat Boy Chronicles’

Summer Hill Films, a worldwide film distribution sales company with international and domestic appeal, is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of Worldwide Rights (excluding U.S. and Canada) to The Fat Boy Chronicles, ( an inspiring family film based on the international best-selling novel by the same name and inspired by a true story.

The Fat Boy Chronicles, written by Michael Buchanan and Diane Lang, the duo behind the best-selling novel, and directed by Jason Winn, is aboutan obese high school student forced to deal with self-image issues, bullying and a desire for self-improvement. The Dove Foundation ( gives the film its renowned stamp as “Family Approved” for 12+.

The foundation gives some great insight on the film and its execution of themes: “This is an intriguing story of the battles not only in Jimmy’s life and his fight to lose weight but also the conflicts that other teenage kids have in school. This movie shows that bad behavior never helps anyone’s situation and that friendship, family, and church will help anyone overcome their difficult times.”

Phase 4 carries North American Rights to the picture and the International deal was negotiated between Summer Hill Films President Jon Bonnell and Writer/Producer Michael Buchanan. Bonnell and Monique Nayard (SVP, Sales & Acquisitions) are confident that the film has tremendous potential in expansion of availability, including theatrical, television and a number of additional outlets worldwide.

Buchanan agrees, “We are thrilled to be working with a company like Summer Hill that gets what we want to do with this film. It’s an inspiring, emotionally charged story that we feel will have a major impact on its viewers and act as an inspiration for those struggling with the same types of issues. Summer Hill is a terrific fit as a boutique agency that actually cares about the films and filmmakers it supports.”

Interested Buyers can email or stop by Suite 542 at this year’s American Film Market.


Summer Hill Films is a U.S. theatrical distributor and worldwide sales company with international and domestic appeal. The company was founded by Ted Chalmers, Jon Bonnell and Monique Nayard who worked together previously at Moving Pictures Film and TV, which became ICAP Media. The new label will provide a full range of services relating to the sales, marketing, licensing and distribution of mainstream feature films, television and special interest content across all media in the worldwide

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