Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory and Unique Features announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring visionary filmmaker Bob Shaye’s new suspense thriller AMBITION to a wide variety of entertainment platforms and in select U.S. cinemas. Unique Features and Seth Willenson will handle theatrical distribution duties. Directed by Shaye, AMBITION stars Katherine Hughes (Kingdom, My Dead Ex), Giles Matthey (Submerged, Once Upon a Times), Sonoya Mizuno (Devs, Crazy Rich Asians, Maniac), and Bryan Batt (Mad Men, Billionaire Boys Club) with a special appearance by Lin Shaye (Insidious series, The Final Wish, Room for Rent). AMBITION was produced by Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Sarah Victor, and Unique Features. The announcement was made today by Shout’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and filmmaker, producer and Unique Features founder Bob Shaye.

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Studios with extensive North American distribution rights to AMBITION, including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment (Blu-ray, DVD) for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios and Unique Features plan a strategic day-and-date launch of this movie in cinemas and across all major entertainment platforms this fall 2019.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Bob, Seth, and Unique Features. This is a unique opportunity that brings together the entrepreneurial spirit that has defined two great independent media companies,” said Shout’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos. “Together, we’re excited to bringing this stylized suspense thriller to movie audiences everywhere.”

Director Bob Shaye said, “I am tremendously enthused to have Shout Studios bring our latest film Ambition to its intended audience. Shout has the creativity, understanding, and sensitivity that reminds me of the most successful period of independent distribution at New Line. They aren’t just sales people. They are a new creative connection for movie goers looking for excitement, surprises, and fun. I don’t want to give all of those things away in this brief statement, but I believe Ambition arrives exactly in Shout’s sweet spot.”

The film deal was negotiated by Shout’s Bob Emmer, David McIntosh, Senior Vice President of Content Licensing & Strategy, and Vanessa Keiko Flanders, Vice President of Business Affairs for Shout! Studios, and Seth Willenson on behalf of Unique Features.

Movie synopsis

Jude Hunter is a beautiful, intensely driven, musician preparing for the biggest audition of her life.

As a series of deaths surround her, she recognizes the pattern that seems to connect her with the deaths and her ambition. One night, her suspicions are confirmed. She becomes the target of an insane murderer, who is fueled by jealousy of her success. It’s a simple, horrible tale of survival. She may be next.

Told in a modernist version of Douglas Sirk’s classic 50s melodrama thrillers, we may or may not know how she will survive.

Ambition creates a world where desire and revenge converge into a questionable reality. As a homage to films such as Carrie and Black Swan, Ambition is a high-tension thriller.


Directed by Bob Shaye

Written by John Rocco and Jenna Wright

Producers: Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Sarah Victor

Executive Producers: Phillip B. Goldfine, Benjamin Sacks, Yuli Masinovsky