Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to HOW TO DETER A ROBBER, a smart and stylish dark comedy from XYZ Films. Written and directed by Maria Bissell (Corridor Four), HOW TO DETER A ROBBER stars Vanessa Marano (Saving Zoe, The Comeback, Gilmore Girls), Benjamin Papac (Greenhouse Academy, The Walking Dead), Abbie Cobb (Mom’s Night Out, Suburgatory), Sonny Valicenti (Mindhunter, Office Christmas Party), Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail), Gabrielle Carteris (BH90210), and Chris Mulkey (Twin Peaks, Whiplash). Produced by Maria Bissell, Joshua Adam Fu, Max Silver, and Stephen Tringali, the film recently premiered at Fantastic Fest to great press and audience enthusiasm. The announcement was made today by Jordan Fields, Shout’s Vice President of Acquisitions, and Pip Ngo, Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at XYZ Films.

Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights HOW TO DETER A ROBBER, including digital, streaming, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical, and all home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray/DVD). Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of this movie day-and-date across all major entertainment platforms later this year. XYZ Films will continue international sales at the upcoming European Film Market.

“Maria Bissell brings a dark and highly entertaining sense of humor to the home invasion film, deftly blending tension with caustic comedy. Vanessa Marano and the cast realize that tonal balance to perfection, so we're confident it will find a broad audience,” stated Jordan Fields, Shout’s Vice President of Acquisitions.

"I'm thrilled that my debut feature has found a home at Shout! Studios," writer and director Maria Bissell said. "Shout! has always championed genre film and up-and-coming filmmakers, so I knew they'd make the perfect partner for this release." said writer/director Maria Bissell.

The movie deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields and Steve Katz, Vice President of Business Affairs for Shout! Studios, and Pip Ngo for XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

HOW TO DETER A ROBBER (Movie synopsis)

In a desolate Northern Wisconsin town, a stubborn young woman and her naïve boyfriend face off against a pair of amateur house burglars.