CAA-Backed Elysian Acquires Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and the Witch,’ Hires Nick McKay as Head of Distribution

Nick McKay has joined Elysian Film Group Distribution as head of distribution, while the company has acquired Studio Ghibli’s “Earwig and the Witch,” its first project for U.K.

theatrical release.McKay was previously head of distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment, where he worked on a theatrical and home entertainment slate including “The Wife,” “The Party” and “God’s Own Country.”One of McKay’s first tasks at Elysian will be the early 2021 U.K.

release of “Earwig and the Witch,” which Elysian acquired from Wild Bunch International.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film is the iconic animation studio’s first entirely 3Dcg animated film.

The film is directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki with planning from his father, Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki.The film, which was chosen earlier this year as part of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection,

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