SPI International announces the premiere of “Emperor” on all digital platforms in the UK in partnership with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. “Emperor”, directed by Mark Amin, will be available as EST and TVoD on all digital platforms starting March 1st 2021 and on DVD from April 5th 2021 in UK and Ireland. SPI had secured the rights for the feature in multiple territories including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Israel, Portugal, EE, CIS at AFM 2020. It was announced last month that Kaleidoscope will represent SPI titles on all rights basis in the UK.
“We are excited to continue our collaboration with Kaleidoscope with the release of the inspiring historical movie “Emperor”, which tells a remarkable story of courage and perseverance based on true events that will captivate the viewers. We are preparing to release additional new and appealing titles to be announced within the year with our partner,” commented Alexandra Puiu, Sales Executive at SPI International.
Directed by Mark Amin and written by Pat Charles and Mark Amin, “Emperor” is a historical drama based on the life story of Shields “Emperor” Green, an escaped slave whose chance encounter with the abolitionist John Brown in the north will forever alter the course of American history. “Emperor” stars Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, Shades of Blue) as Shields Green. The movie also features Ben Robson (Animal Kingdom, Vikings), Academy Award nominee James Cromwell (The Young Pope, The Green Mile), Kat Graham (All Eyez on Me, The Vampire Diaries) and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Nebraska). The movie was nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture and brought Dayo Okeniyi a nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.
Julie Paquit on behalf of VMI brokered the deal with SPI International.