Michael Swan’s “White Lion” acquired by Screen Media

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to “White Lion,” a live-action family adventure film about a rare white lion cub who rises above many challenges to become one of the most powerful and revered lions in all of Africa.

Directed by Michael Swan, the film features over 30 real-life lions trained by famed “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson. Richardson also served as a producer.

“White Lion” was shot on location, at The Kingdom of the White Lion, an enterprise 50 miles outside of the city of Johannesburg, along the Crocodile River, established especially for this film. This marks the first production – entirely about lions – starring real lions from South Africa.

“White Lion” was the recipient of three South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) awards including Best Cinematography (Michael Swan), Best Music Composition (Phillip Miller) and Best Sound Design (Ivan Millborrow, Nicky De Beer and Charlotte Buys).

The deal for “White Lion” was brokered by Robert Baruc and David Fannon at Screen Media and Scott Bedno and David Jackson at Showcase Entertainment. To promote the release of the film Screen Media is partnering with local zoos across the country.

Said Baruc, “We are thrilled to be working with Michael Swan and Kevin Richardson whose “lion whispering” talents are unmatched. We are also excited to be partnering with zoos across the country to get the word out about this heartwarming film.”

“‘White Lion’ has been our passion project for years and I’m so thrilled that it has found a home with Screen Media”, said director Michael Swan and producer Kevin Richardson in a joint statement. “From the start, we were impressed with the company’s enthusiasm for the film and we know it’s in good hands. We are excited audiences across America will soon be able to see a motion picture shot in South Africa featuring lean, mean and heroic South African lions.”

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