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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hannover House strikes Gold over Oscar's Weekend - with Triple-Threat Events!

Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - while most of Hollywood primped and planned for the Sunday night Oscar's ceremony... Hannover House was hard at work on high-profile events for both GETTING GRACE and DEATH HOUSE... and box office gold has been struck!

First, on Friday night (March 2nd), the highly-anticipated horror-epic, "DEATH HOUSE" opened as a single screen exclusive at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, CA (a Los Angeles suburb in the San Fernando Valley).  The 7:30 show was sold out over a week in advance, and was over capacity with Standing Room Only audience members, and a spill-over into the 9:55-pm showtime. Overall the film hit $10,295 for the three-day weekend... making it the HIGHEST PER SCREEN AVERAGE of any new release this week (beating out Red Sparrow and Death Wish on the per-screen basis - however, both those major studio releases did also have THOUSANDS of locations, so our achievement is quantified in comparison).  Still... a win is a win!


Getty HD Broadcast News shot and edited a terrific piece from the event, which can be viewed here:


The Getty piece is used as raw material for local TV stations and websites to cut their own stories about DEATH HOUSE, as it opens on March 16 in 25 additional markets. Stills photos from the Associated Press are included near the bottom of this blog.

But that wasn't ALL happening with DEATH HOUSE - On Sunday Night (March 4) - on the birthday of Death House screenwriter GUNNAR HANSEN, another Standing-Room-Only event was held at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA - with over 275 attendees participating in a special event screening and the announcement of the Gunnar Hansen Film Scholarship Fund.  Many movie fans will recognize the name GUNNAR HANSEN from his iconic and terrifying role as "Leatherface" in the classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."  Mr. Hansen passed away from cancer just days before the filming of "DEATH HOUSE," and producer Rick Finkelstein made a death-bed promise to Gunnar that the film would get completed and released.

NEXT - there were SIX significant happenings in the last few days for "GETTING GRACE."

HHSE and Getting Grace Films are pulling NO PUNCHES to make the marketing campaign for this acclaimed, family film (opens MARCH 23) into an EXTREMELY VISIBLE indie release!  Here's a few key items from just the past few days:

1).  NRB - Director and lead-actor DANIEL ROEBUCK was a speaker at last week's National Religious Broadcaster's convention in Nashville - and also conducted over a dozen Christian-media interviews that will be released during the week leading up to our March 23 theatrical launch.

2).  CACHET ENTERTAINMENT - the hugely successful, Christian-specialty distributor and marketing agency behind films such as "God's Not Dead" and "The War Room" has joined the promotions team for "GETTING GRACE." This will be immensely helpful in branding the film to the Christian marketplace, as well as helping Hannover House reach the hundreds-of-thousands of taste-makers and influential leaders in this marketplace.


3).  TOUR BUS - The "GETTING GRACE" tour got two big boosts on Friday with the completion of the FULL SIZE touring Bus... AND... the Director's Winnebago.  Both vehicles are prominently "wrapped" with "GETTING GRACE" imagery, and will serve as rolling billboards as the vehicles travel throughout the country over the next two weeks.

4).  CHARITY SCREENINGS in LEHIGH VALLEY - Saturday (March 3), saw THREE SOLD OUT special event shows in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA - which raised over $20,000 for local Children's medical charities - and generated a TON of local goodwill, publicity and momentum.  "GETTING GRACE" opens on March 23, and in this market, it will be playing at the AMC Allentown 16 and the Regal Northhampton 14 - both locations expected to have opening weekend sold-out shows.


5).  LAUNCH OF 26-CITY TOUR!  Immediately after the last of the Saturday Screenings, the "GETTING GRACE" tour hit the road!  Promotional stops will hit a total of 26 major markets, and will have "special event screenings" in 15 markets.  For locations and showtimes, visit the TOUR tab of the film's website, www.GettingGraceTheMovie.com

6).  FIRST SCREENING:  BOSTON'S FENWAY!  Yes, folks, "GETTING GRACE" screened Sunday night at the Regal Fenway Park 13 Theatre in Boston... with media attendees, taste-makers, and general public meeting the two lead stars, DANIEL ROEBUCK and MADELYN DUNDON.

SO - it looks like both of these new HHSE Theatrical Releases are off-to-the races.

But there's more to report on the corporate front - here's a quick summary:

a).  LIBRARY VALUATION - at long last, HHSE has an updated Library Valuation that meets the auditor's requirements!  This is an important element for the Form 10 filing as it impacts the company's balance sheet.

b).  YEAR-END FILINGS - The Q4 for 2017 is completed and will be filed in a timely manner with the OTC Markets.  More importantly, it has been submitted to the outside CPA firm that is checking the formatting and back-up materials needed by the auditors.  It is our belief that we can submit the full auditor's package this week.

c).  FORM 10 FILING - we believe that the auditors will take about 30-days after receiving these final elements, at which time we will be filing the Form 10 registration statement.  The company has engaged a new attorney specializing in S.E.C. filings and disclosures, so that we are minimizing the potential of S.E.C. issues or comments to the Form 10 filing.

d).  VODWIZ - The Company has reached an understanding for funding terms with a private investment group for the required financing to complete the VODWIZ website (to the Amazon digital formatting standards), and to upload over 2,500 titles and launch the site and the OTT channel.  The timing of the launch is planned to occur immediately prior to the May 9th Cannes Film Festival start - as the VODWIZ site has the capability of delivering content worldwide (titles are restricted by territory based on underlying rights). As the marketplace matures and moves more towards digital streaming, the VODWIZ plan to carry thousands of programs from dozens of indie suppliers (and three major studio suppliers!), is potentially "the tail that wagged the dog" for HHSE revenues and future operations.  The funding venture is expected to be documented and executed within the next few days.

e).   IRS RESOLUTION - HHSE managers (Parkinson and Shefte) have had two meetings in the last week to resolve the issue of significant over-payment by HHSE of payroll taxes (including penalties and interest). Supporting documentation was provided, and there is an expectation of resolution (acceptance by the IRS) of the totality of payments within the next few days.

Much more to come on all of these matters....

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MEANWHILE - Here's some of the A.P. Stills from the Friday Night DEATH HOUSE opening!


The exquisite LINDSAY HARTLEY dazzles the Red Carpet at the DEATH HOUSE opening night Gala. Hartley portrays "Balthoria" in the film, and has signed on for the sequel, THE FIVE EVILS.

LINDSAY HARTLEY, elegance, grace and stunning style!

VINCENT WARD ("The Walking Dead") portrays one of the Five Evils in DEATH HOUSE


FELISSA ROSE, doing her thang!

Producer RICK FINKELSTEIN (with wife Karen), Producer STEVE CHASE, and actress ANNE LEIGHTON ("Grimm").

Actor KENNY RAY POWELL (and wife).

Producer RICK FINKELSTEIN (with wife Karen), actress ANNE LEIGHTON ("Grimm"),  and Producer STEVE CHASE

Actor SEAN WHALEN ("Twister") from DEATH HOUSE.

Actor KANE HODDER ("Se7en", "Monster", "Daredevil") has one of the principal lead roles in DEATH HOUSE.

Actors TONY MORAN ("Halloween") and SCOTT ENGROTTI ("Scorpion") from DEATH HOUSE

"Bloodfeast 2018" director (and German Reality TV Star) MARCEL WALZ attended the DEATH HOUSE opening night gala. 

Distributor Hannover House CEO, ERIC PARKINSON (far left) joins the DEATH HOUSE cast and producers on the opening night Gala at the Regency Plant 16 theatre, Van Nuys, CA (Mar. 2, 2018)

Representatives of the Brandon Wood Foundation were credited sponsors of the film's opening night Gala and screening.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Thank you MSN Money for listing Hannover House as one of the top three Most Notable companies in Arkansas!

Always nice to have the mainstream media recognize the value of the Hannover House brand name!

I guess when you've been operating continuously for TWENTY-FIVE years, and with over EIGHT-MILLION (8,000,000) total published / distributed units sold into the marketplace (books and videos combined), you start to become a known commodity to consumers!


What a great honor to be one of only three companies listed, the others being Walmart Stores, Inc. (arguably the world's largest company based on the dual factors of gross revenues and total employees) and Stephens, Inc., recognized as the largest institutional investor group outside of Wall Street.  Two other Fortune 500 companies were skipped over:  Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt... making our designation quite impressive!  Go HHSE!

Over in Arkansas, one major company rules the roost: Walmart. The planet's biggest retailer is headquartered in the town of Bentonville. Other leading Arkansas-based businesses include private investment bank Stephens and media distributor Hannover House.
Slide 5 of 52: Over in Arkansas, one major company rules the roost: Walmart. The planet's biggest retailer is headquartered in the town of Bentonville. Other leading Arkansas-based businesses include private investment bank Stephens and media distributor Hannover House.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Battlecreek Week One Retail Results SLAM in at 200% of Sales Goal!

Greetings again HHSE Friends & Followers:  Initial week depletions of BATTLECREEK DVD and BluRay formats (combined) clocked in at more than double the first week's sales forecast!  You can find this Hannover House item on sale at WALMART, TARGET, BEST BUY, K-MART, FAMILY VIDEO and many other top locations nationwide.

BATTLECREEK is benefiting from the momentum that star BILL SKARSGARD has created from his current # 1 top selling national hit, "IT" - to his upcoming new TV Series from JJ Abrams and Stephen King:  "CASTLEROCK" on Hulu.  Hannover House is "at the right place at the right time" with BATTLECREEK.

Pictured below is HHSE graphic designer JON McCALLUM admiring his packaging work at his local TARGET Store.  Also pictured below that is Mr. McCallum admiring the "hot-off-the-presses" movie posters for DEATH HOUSE - which launches to theatres beginning next Friday (Feb. 23).

We are frequently surprised at the hilariously-absurd levels of misinformation on the IHUB Chat Board.  Stock-Bashers pretending to be Movie industry workers or Broker-level stock experts flood the HHSE page with laughable misinformation.  So to be abundantly clear - once again (and apologies if these sentences are too complex for them to follow) - we will clarify our business model:

As with all theatrical releases for Hannover House, the company also controls the ancillary home video market, which (combined with Netflix / SVOD) are the real income sources for smaller independent films.  The exercise of releasing films like BATTLECREEK to theatres is geared primarily for satisfying release goals and benchmarks needed for the key video retailers and Netflix qulaification. Of course, we also make some money on the box office settlements... but we have yet to have a film where box office (ALONE) generates a positive return on the Prints & Ads (P&A) investment.  In this respect, we look at theatrical releasing as being the marketing engine that takes movies like BATTLECREEK, DAISY WINTERS, DEATH HOUSE and others to the "next level" of video sales success and streaming revenues.  In some cases, HHSE also controls the worldwide sales... so the theatrical activities fuel this awareness as well.  ONWARD!

Hannover's SOCIAL MEDIA campaign in support of the widely-available BATTLECREEK release has already generated over 800,000 impressions on FaceBooks, Instagram and Twitter!

Pick-Ups day for RIOT ACT provides HHSE with opportunity to shoot E.P.K. Interviews

Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - the first pass edit is completed for the feature film, THE RIOT ACT, and director Devon Parks decided to shoot some additional scenes for pacing and continuity last Friday. This day of "pick-ups" occurred inside one of the period-restored Rail Cars of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad in Springdale, Arkansas. After the full day of shooting, HHSE Director of Marketing DESIREE GARNIER and videographer JOSH IRWIN were able to get lengthy interviews with director Devon Parks and Producer-Leading Lady Lauren Sweetser. 

These interviews will provide useful material for National Broadcast Entertainment Shows and general media as part of the film's "Electronic Press Kit" (E.P.K.) in support of this summer's theatrical release.  This footage will also become one of the sources for the "making of" featurette that will appear on the DVD and BluRay copies of THE RIOT ACT.

This film looks superb, and seems well positioned for commercial success!

Director Devon Parks (left), with Camera Crew for Pick-Up Shots (Feb. 9, 2018)

Producer & Leading Lady Lauren Sweetser awaiting scene where she aboards train.

Lauren Sweetser, as Allye Pearrow, in THE RIOT ACT

HHSE Director of Marketing Desiree Garnier and star Lauren Sweetser await as Videographer Josh Irwin finishes the set-ups for the taping on the Electronic Press Kit on THE RIOT ACT.  

Director Devon Parks with HHSE's Desiree Garnier

Star Brett Cullen (right) is held prisoner by a mysterious spectre in THE RIOT ACT

Producer Lauren Sweetser with director Devon Parks on the streets of Van Buren, Arkansas, which were completely shut down for a week, converted to be consistent with the 1903 period, and covered with 70 dump truck loads of dirt for the filming of exterior sequences of THE RIOT ACT

Overcast skies, drizzly rain and muddy streets added to the character and grit of THE RIOT ACT - but posed no problems for the crew in getting complex dolly-tracking shots.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Superbowl of HHSE Blog Updates!

Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - As many of you plan to watch the Superbowl today, we will do our best to keep this post concise.  But it won't be easy:  there are so many positive activities in motion!  So without further delay, here's the CLIFF NOTES abbreviated summary:

1).   UPLIST REGISTRATION - The dissolution with Crimson Forest will be completed this week, with a formal termination document that has been mutually approved, and a series of short-form terminations for the individual title agreements (as some had different licensors than Crimson Forest Entertainment Group, Inc.).  This will also trigger the long-requested removal of HHSE management names off the Nevada Secretary of State listing as corporate officers. Part of the overall settlement with CRIM involves the reversion of rights in "Where's the Dragon" back to the original licensors... which is why this item has not appeared on any of the HHSE release schedules for the past four months.  With the Crimson merger obstacle removed, the next steps for our uplist are as follows:

a).  PRE-AUDIT - Completion of formatting and overview by outside CPA - covering 2015 Tax Returns, and the full years of 2016 and 2017.  This step is expected to be completed this week, with the results handed over (along with the remainder of the audit materials) to our PCAOB firm.

b).  UPDATED LIBRARY REPORT - This step is expected to be completed by Feb. 26, and provided to the auditors as the last item for full delivery.

c).  REDRAFTED FORM 10 REGISTRATION - This is already completed, awaiting review by outside S.E.C. counsel, and the auditor's letters.

d).  TIMING - Once filed with the S.E.C., the registration becomes effective on the earlier of 60 days, or S.E.C. approval.  This will trigger our uplist to OTC: QB and the activation of stock share transfers electronically through the DTC.  Management believes that being fully registered, and uplisted away from the Pinksheets, will spark a wave of new investors and funds.

2).  CURRENT RELEASE ACTIVITIES - So much to report, but here are the highlights:

a).   BATTLECREEK hits most major retailers this TUESDAY (Feb. 6) - and is already the company's largest new release "shipped" item in five years.  Based on current pre-orders with Amazon.com, which are STRONG (actually 10-X stronger than last year's top video, "Lost in the Pacific"), we are hopeful that this consumer interest will also apply to Walmart, K-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other locations.  Check out this film, it's worth the modest purchase price!


b).  BLOODFEAST - A limited release of "R" rated DVDs and BluRays will also hit selected retailers on Tuesday... but the BIG GUNS will be blasting with our "SPECIAL, UNRATED AND UNEDITED DIRECTOR'S CUT" - which is rolling out "only in theatres" on a city by city basis.  Management believes that the hard-core Horror fans will support this Unrated version, and thus far, the response from the specialty media supports this belief.


c).  DEATH HOUSE - opens in theatres Feb. 23 - this deserves an entire mega blog to itself.  For now, we'll include the new trailer link.


d).  GETTING GRACE - opens in theatres March 23, and is already proving to be the company's top theatrical title, probably of all time (several "sneak peek" screenings have already occurred and SOLD OUT, with literally thousands of tickets cumulatively already sold!).  This title deserves two or three mega-blogs.  But for now, we'll include just a few images and a link or two.

Trailer # 1 (long version):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9EGeSSUCYI

"When Audiences Get Grace" (short film after one of many sold-out sneak peek events):


EVENT BRITE - Notification of THREE MORE sold out shows, after only 3-days of tickets going on sale!




Oh... and did we forget to mention the 26-city BUS TOUR prior to the theatrical opening?  Or the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) promotion in Nashville?  Or the first-time-ever that the Children's Miracle Network has cross-promoted a theatrical release film? There's so much more to the Getting Grace release campaign, that other blog(s) would be required!

e).  QUIETUS - Retail support for this Feb. 27 long-anticipated re-release (and HHSE's first release of this item in Quality Trade Cover format), continues to build.  Shown below is the FULL PAGE ad for the Feb. 12 issue of PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, the trade industry guide reaching 68,000 book industry professionals and book stores each week.  Also below is the Amazon.com product link...

Many top reviewers have described QUIETUS as a literary masterpiece... so get a copy and find out for yourself why major retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Hudson Group are presenting this book - first released in 2002 - back on the New Release shelves!


3).  SONY PICTURES HOME ENT. & DISTRIBUTION STRATEGIES - HHSE has been working for over a year now with industry veteran ERIC DOCTOROW, who is best known for his 20+ years as President of Paramount Home Entertainment (a $-Billion+ Division), and more recently as C.E.O. of Random Media.  Many current and upcoming HHSE titles will enjoy the distribution support through SONY as well as Video-On-Demand with The Orchard, and for selected titles, worldwide distribution with Sony Pictures International.  HHSE / Medallion are maintaining the existing distribution pacts with other wholesalers - most notably Cinedigm. But for eligible and qualifying titles, the distribution access into Sony's powerhouse field sales force and distribution pipeline is something of a material development for HHSE.  This move enables HHSE Management to focus on productions, acquisitions and theatrical release activities - and turn over the distraction and difficulties of home video distribution (as well as the cash-flow drain of video manufacturing and freight) to be handled under more beneficial terms.

The initial titles that will benefit under this new distribution pact are:  DAISY WINTERS, THE ALGERIAN and BONOBOS: BACK TO THE WILD.  There are other notable developments in motion with BONOBOS that will merit a separate blog or press announcement. But for now, here's a link to a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this film, and the woman behind the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary in Africa:

Some HHSE longs will recognize that both ALGERIAN and BONOBOS were summer, 2015 theatrical releases for Hannover House.  These items were held-back from Home Video release initially due to the prior merger with Crimson, but more recently due to the expectation of greater sales upside that may be obtainable through the Sony sales network.

4).  VODWIZ - There's so many exciting developments and updates for us to cover on this venture - that even a Cliff Notes summary at this time cannot do it justice.  Stay tuned for separate news on this topic!

Who Will Win the SUPERBOWL Today?  Hard to predict... but it's not hard to predict that HHSE has reached a significant turning point in the company's history!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Yowsa! Mega-Success of "IT" video release spurs THOUSANDS of new orders for HHSE's BATTLECREEK!

Dear HHSE Friends & Followers - This Tuesday was the Video release date for the blockbuster theatrical hit "IT" - starring Bill Skarsgård as the super-scary clown.  Consumer response for "IT" has been so substantial that Hannover House has already received  new orders for multiple thousands-of-units of "BATTLECREEK" (street date Feb. 6), also starring Bill Skarsgård!  The momentum might get even stronger with the February launch of Bill's new TV series, "CASTLE ROCK" from J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and HULU.  With "BATTLECREEK" right in the middle of a media-feeding-frenzy for Bill Skarsgård - this title looks to be positioned as a very successful video release for Hannover House!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

HHSE Engages Counsel to Dispute Fraudulently Obtained Judgments, and other updates

Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - As a component of our move to clean-up our balance sheet and shed the company of frivolous lawsuits and erroneous debts, HHSE has engaged the Law Firm of Steven H. Kay Associates in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Mr. Kay will be filing motions to initially "freeze" collection efforts by BEDROCK VENTURES and JSJ INVESTMENTS - based on the fraudulent nature of the underlying claims and the "foreign judgment" status that can be contested and adjudicated under Arkansas Law for foreign default judgments (i.e., defaults obtained in states other than Arkansas).  HHSE Shareholders may recall that we pursued this same strategy with TCA Global Master Fund - a company that is often considered to be the nuclear bomb of Predatory Lenders - and HHSE prevailed under Arkansas Law.

HHSE Shareholders might also recall that Steven H. Kay was counsel for HHSE recently in the case against Amityville Asylum producers filing a frivolous claim for "projected" amounts due.  It was HHSE position that the producers were only due the amounts per the terms of the contract... not a projected amount that the producer "felt" the movie "might have earned."  The claim for more than $300,000 by Amityville was reduced to the actual balance of $17,000 and change, which was the outcome that HHSE successfully sought to obtain.

HHSE Shareholders may also recall that "stock short-sellers" were crying "sky is falling, the end is near" with the Amityville lawsuit filing, in hopes of persuading emotional sellers to dump HHSE stock last summer.  Again, we remind all shareholders to refer to HHSE filings and this blog for legally accurate information and full disclosures, as opposed to paying any attention to the drunken mumblings of anonymous chat-board short-sellers. These naysayers know that their days of having any impact against HHSE are short-numbered, as our Form 10 registration will elevate the access of the company's stock to a much wider base of investors - thus minimizing the impact of self-serving, chat-board chatter.

Regarding BEDROCK, due to breached commitments for funding the company that were the basis of a massive stock issuance by HHSE to Bedrock, HHSE counsel feels that this California judgment filing has a solid basis to be contested, adjudicated and won in Arkansas Courts.

Regarding JSJ INVESTMENTS, the refusal of JSJ to accept cash plus interest in full (per the terms of the note), but instead to sue for more than three-times the amount on the pretense that "they were always entitled to shares, not 'just' repayment" renders the note usurious and illegal under the laws of virtually every state.  Counsel, therefore, feels that a motion to freeze collection efforts and to re-open the claim so that it can be adjudicated, is a likely result for HHSE.

In other corporate governance matters, the company has renewed it's various corporate filings with the Secretary of State offices in Wyoming and Arkansas (an annual house-keeping matter of a simple filing).  The company has also received confirmation from the IRS that the full payroll tax liabilities that were the subject of a prior lien have been fully paid, and that a reconciliation of the revised amount of interest and penalties (also paid) shall be issued shortly and submitted to all HHSE customers receiving levy letters.  HHSE has since engaged a payroll service to handle the monthly 941 and tax paperwork filing requirements. 

All of these steps are elements of the Form 10 Registration that the company is planning to file in the upcoming weeks... and to set off 2018 as an epic year for our loyal and fully informed shareholders!