Utopia, All Things Comedy, and Shout! Studios have entered into a multifaceted production partnership for the new comedy feature DRUGSTORE JUNE. The broad-ranging partnership will see these three entertainment studios jointly produce this feature-length movie for world sales. Filmmaker Nicholaus Goossen (Grandma’s Boy) is directing DRUGSTORE JUNE from a screenplay written by Esther Povitsky (Alone Together, Hot For My Name) and Goossen. DRUGSTORE JUNE follows a self-involved young woman who decides to solve the robbery of a local pharmacy while struggling to get over her ex-boyfriend. The film is produced by Robert Schwartzman, Jordan Ellner, and Nicholaus Goossen. Executive producers are Bill Burr, Al Madrigal, Michael Bertolina, Dani Koenigsberg, Judit Maull, Jordan Fields, Julie Dansker, Garson Foos, Bob Emmer, Alex Ross, Gabriel Roth, and Esther Povitsky.
Goossen and the producing team also announced today that Esther Povitsky leads an all-star ensemble cast of Bobby Lee (Reservation Dogs, And Just Like That), Beverly D’Angelo (Entourage, National Lampoon’s Vacation), James Remar (Sex and the City, Dexter), Brandon Wardell (Easter Sunday, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Danny Griffin (Fate: The Winx Saga, Get Even), Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams (The Ms. Pat Show, Ms. Pat: Y’all Wanna Hear Something Crazy?), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Despicable Me trilogy, School of Rock), Al Madrigal (Morbius, Night School), Haley Joel Osment (The Kominsky Method, Future Man), Matt Walsh (Veep, Father of the Bride), Jackie Sandler (You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!, The Wrong Missy?), Nick Rutherford (Rick & Morty, The Unicorn), Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park (Awkwafina is Nora from Queens), Trevor Wallace (Add-TV, Blood & Makeup), Bhad Bhabie (Lights Out with David Spade, Bringing Up Bhabie), Steph Tolev (Old Dads, The Duchess of Cancun), Jon Gabrus (Game Over, Man!, 101 Places to Party Before You Die) and Bill Burr (The Mandalorian, The King of Staten Island).
“The team on this film has been stellar. We’re all big Esther Povitsky fans and it’s her time to lead a feature film. With Nicholaus Goossen at the helm, her collaborator on the comedy special HOT FOR MY NAME, the two have established a fresh, unique and standout comedic style. Mix that in with this star-studded ensemble, and it’s exciting to think of what’s to come for the film!” stated Robert Schwartzman, film producer and founder of Utopia.
“This film has been so much fun to make. We had great script, a fantastic team and the best cast around. Esther is one of the funniest, most unique talents working today, and we are so excited to watch her shine,” stated Michael Bertolina, President and CEO of All Things Comedy.
“This is a dream partnership for Shout. With Esther and Nick’s wondrously offbeat script, it was love at first sight. We know the wildly talented cast and production team will fully realize its comedy and humanity, so needless to say we are beyond thrilled to be involved,” stated Jordan Fields, SVP of Acquisitions and Originals.
The production partnership deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, Shout SVP of Streaming & Content Strategy Julie Dansker, Shout EVP of Business Affairs David Mcintosh, and Danielle DiGiacomo and Jamie Coghill, Esq. for Utopia. Goossen is repped by Entertainment 360 and Povitsky by UTA.
Production services provided by Paper Anvil.
Utopia is an independently owned and operated media company focused on developing packaging, producing and selling original features and episodic projects. Our team of creative and strategic industry leaders is fueled by a shared passion for bold visions and supporting storytellers. We find auteur-driven and edgy voices to curate and deliver content that is fresh, accessible and nuanced. The company has several announced scripted and unscripted features and television series in development, such as the “Sorority House Massacre” television adaption with Norman Reedus’ Big Bald Head and Shout! Studios, the feature comedy “Drugstore June” with Bill Burr’s All Things Comedy and Shout! Studios, and the official Blues Brothers docu-series in collaboration with Dan Aykroyd and the Belushi Estate.
About All Things Comedy
Founded by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal, All Things Comedy (ATC) is owned and operated by comedians, giving each comedian not only the opportunity to create the content they think is funny but to take ownership in the company that distributes it. Today, ATC is the leading comedy podcast network featuring shows hosted by some of the best comedians in the business. After experiencing rapid audience growth over the past five years, ATC has had success in creating digital series, as well as a development slate for television, original podcasts and feature distribution.
ATC is currently in post-production on the feature film, Old Dads, Bill Burr’s directorial debut for Miramax, and produced the Emmy-nominated Roku series, Immoral Compass, and the documentary film, Patrice O’Neal: Killing Is Easy, in collaboration with Comedy Central. Since 2020, ATC has premiered several podcasts including OMG Hi! With George Lopez, Laughing with Myself with Melissa Villaseñor, Welcome To Friday, Nate Bargatze’s Nateland, Anthony Jeselnik’s Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project, Gettin Better with Ron Funches, and Breaking Bread with Tom Papa. Recent ATC-produced stand-up specials include the Netflix specials Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo), Bill Burr: Live At Red Rocks, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?, and the Ronnie Chieng specials, Asian Comedian Destroys America and Speakeasy. ATC produced the Comedy Central series, Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers, and three one-hour stand-up specials for the network.
About Shout! Studios
Shout! Studios is the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, specializing in all aspects of distribution, including theatrical, VOD, digital, DVD/Blu-ray, and broadcast. Shout! Studios works with creators at the forefront of pop culture, driving creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling. Shout! Studios finances, produces, acquires, and distributes an eclectic slate of movies, award-winning animated features, specialty films and series from rising and established talent, filmmakers, and producers.
Upcoming releases include the topical drama On Sacred Ground, starring William Mapother and David Arquette, the sci-fi comedy-drama Linoleum, starring Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn; epic fantasy adventure The Magic Flute, executive produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Jack Wolfe and Oscar®-winner F. Murray Abraham, the neo-Western thriller Head Count starring Aaron Jaukobenko, Melanie Zanetti, and Ryan Kwanten, action-comedy feature Showdown at the Odessa, starring Terrence Howard and Dolph Lundgren, and documentary feature Refuge from levelFilm, Katie Couric Media and Artemis Rising.
Recent releases include Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, the critically acclaimed Shout! Studios original Western Old Henry, starring Tim Blake Nelson, dramedy Language Lessons, directed by Natalie Morales and starring Morales and Mark Duplass; comedy-drama Misbehaviour, starring KeiraKnightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Standing Up, Falling Down, starring Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal, documentary features A Crime on the Bayou, and Women In Motion: Nichelle Nichols Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA.