Nicely Entertainment and Pandora Persephone Films to coproduce a new holiday movie

"Christmas Spirit," starring James Robinson and Ashley Newbrough, will begins principal photography in Scotland’s Highlands on 8th November. Nicely Entertainment will also distribute the movie worldwide.

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Nicely Entertainment and Pandora Persephone Films form a co-production alliance for the new holiday movie, "Christmas Spirit," starring James Robinson and Ashley Newbrough, which begins principal photography in Scotland’s Highlands on 8th November. Nicely Entertainment will also distribute the movie worldwide. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to build this new relationship with the recently established Pandora Persephone Films,” commented Vanessa Shapiro, CEO of Nicely Entertainment and Executive Producer.  “We were so impressed by the production quality of Adeline, along with its beautiful and inspirational true story, that our natural next step was to collaborate on Christmas Spirit! We look forward to working with the Pandora team, as well as Christopher Harding’s 2111 Films, on the production next month.”

Adeline is produced by Pandora Persephone Films’ Persephone Hawkins with Rebecca Daugherty, Christopher Harding and Jim Janicek serving as Executive Producers. Nicely Entertainment and Pandora Persephone Films, together with Christopher Harding’s 2111 Films, serve as co-producers for "Christmas Spirit," which is directed by Wendy Faraone, represented by Paradigm, from a script by Joelle Sellner.

Additionally, Nicely Entertainment has acquired global distribution rights from Pandora Persephone Films to the inspirational family feature, Adeline, starring John Schneider  and David Chokachi,  based on the true story of a small Midwestern community that becomes the epicenter for miracles when a mysterious doctor brings a healing horse to town.  “Nicely Entertainment has an incredible reputation for delivering high-quality family entertainment, and we can’t wait to get started with them on the production of our next holiday feature filming in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands,” added Pandora Persephone Films’ Persephone Hawkins. 

Available for release holiday 2022, this holiday romance tells the story of an American archaeologist who is in the Scottish Highlands over Christmas on a quest to find the ruins of an ancient shrine. She enlists the help of her landlady’s son, a handsome distillery owner hoping that his new scotch, Christmas Spirit, can save his business from a hostile takeover—to explore the gorgeous highlands in search of the treasure.  A little holiday magic brings some unexpected help from a group of reindeer and a mischievous ghost, which lead to a miraculous discovery and a new relationship that makes for a very special Christmas!  Persephone Hawkins, Christopher Harding and Vanessa Shapiro serve as executive producers. 

In Adeline, a mysterious doctor arrives in a small Midwestern town with her therapy horse, Adeline, who quickly gains a reputation for ‘healing’ those with special needs. But when a destructive tornado descends upon the town during an equine therapy session, Adeline leaps into action and saves the lives of twelve people.  “We are also excited that Vanessa and her team are handing the global distribution of Adeline, which is a story about family, community, healing, and inspiration, and having raised a child with a disability, I know that equine-assisted therapy has real healing abilities," Hawkins said. "I wanted to bring that message to the forefront to help other children and families with special needs.”

We are thrilled with the opportunity to build this new relationship with the recently established Pandora Persephone Films. We were so impressed by the production quality of Adeline, along with its beautiful and inspirational true story, that our natural next step was to collaborate on Christmas Spirit! We look forward to working with the Pandora team, as well as Christopher Harding’s 2111 Films, on the production next month.” Vanessa Shapiro CEO, Executive Producer, Nicely Entertainment