FilmDistrict

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FilmDistrict Distribution, LLC
Former type Private
Industry Film
Fate Merged with Focus Features
Successors Focus World
Founded September 2010
Founders Graham King
Timothy Headington
Peter Schlessel
Bob Berney
Defunct February 2014
Headquarters 1540 2nd Street
Suite 200
Santa Monica
United States
Key people Peter Schlessel (CEO)
Adrian Alperovich (COO)
Christine Birch (President of Marketing)
Jim Orr (President of Distribution)
Lia Buman (EVP of Acquisitions)
Bob Berney (President of Theatrical Distribution)
Products Motion pictures
Employees 45
Website www.filmdistrict.com

FilmDistrict was an American independent motion picture company based in Los Angeles. It specialized in acquisitions, distribution, production, and financing. FilmDistrict was founded in September 2010 by Peter Schlessel in partnership with Graham King and Timothy Headington.

FilmDistrict's releases were distributed by Culver City-based Sony Pictures Entertainment for home & media markets, and after January 2014 those operations will be handled by Focus Features and Universal Studios Home Entertainment respectively. Co-productions with Sony, such as Soul Surfer and Pompeii will be retained by Sony-owned TriStar Pictures after 2014.

History[edit]

FilmDistrict acquired and released between four and eight wide release, commercial titles per year. This includes select titles from GK Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.[1][2] In December 2010, FilmDistrict and Netflix signed a Pay-TV deal.[3]

The studio partnered with TriStar on select films starting with Soul Surfer and Looper. FilmDistrict's CEO Peter Schlessel also made alternative distribution arrangements for their film releases. In 2012, Schlessel closed a three-picture distribution deal for their 2012 films to go through Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road Films. Open Road released Lockout, the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi action movie that stars Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, on April 13, 2012. Open Road also released the Red Dawn remake on November 21, 2012. On Open Road's official website they list Playing The Field as the third film.[4]

On March 23, 2012, Peter Schlessel announced that FilmDistrict hired Christine Birch as President of Marketing as the company rebuilt its distribution team. She worked on The Help, Real Steel and War Horse when she was at DreamWorks Pictures.[5] On April 12, 2012, Schlessel announced Jim Orr has joined FilmDistrict as the new President of Distribution. He held similar positions when he was at MGM and Paramount Pictures.[6] At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, FilmDistrict bought the U.S. rights for romantic thriller Dead Man Down[7] and horror film Oculus.[8] On May 31, 2012, they have hired three new executives: Tracy Pollard (Senior VP of Creative Advertising), Brad Goldberg (Senior VP of Media), and Anna Baxter (Senior VP of Digital Marketing). FilmDistrict also announced that Adrian Alperovich has been promoted from President of Acquisitions and Operations to COO.[9] On June 25, 2012 FilmDistrict announced they have hired Elissa Greer as Senior Vice President of Publicity.[10]

In April 2013, FilmDistrict announced the launch of a unit, High Top Releasing, which "will provide distribution-for-hire services including sales, in-theatre marketing and print control support, film rental negotiation and collection capabilities to independent producers who have the ability to provide their own prints-and-advertising and marketing resources."[11]

On October 2, 2013, it was announced that Peter Schlessel would be replacing James Schamus as CEO of Focus Features effective January 2014, and FilmDistrict was shut down as a distributor. Future FilmDistrict titles will be absorbed and released under Focus Features.[12] FilmDistrict's final film credit is Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii, which the company produced and financed with German-based Constantin Film. TriStar Pictures handled U.S. distribution.

Filmography[edit]

Released[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
September 17, 2010 Insidious FilmDistrict's first release; co-production with Alliance Films and IM Global, UK distribution by Momentum Pictures.
April 8, 2011 Soul Surfer co-production with Mandalay Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Enticing Entertainment and Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment.
September 2, 2011 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark U.S distribution only; produced by StudioCanal, Alliance Films, Miramax Films and Guillermo Del Toro.
October 7, 2011 Drive co-production with Alliance Films, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Spsin, Bold Films, Oddlot Entertainment, and Icon Productions
November 4, 2011 The Rum Diary co-production with Entertainment One Canada, 20th Century Fox, Entertainment Film Distributors, Universum Film AG, GK Films and Infinitum Nihil.
December 2, 2011 In the Land of Blood and Honey co-production with Alliance Films, Universum Film AG, and GK Films.
April 13, 2012 Lockout co-production with Alliance Films, Universum Film AG, Entertainment Film Distributors, and EuropaCorp.
June 8, 2012 Safety Not Guaranteed co-production with Vertigo Films UK and Big Beach.
September 28, 2012 Looper distributed by TriStar Pictures (U.S. only), co-production with Entertainment One, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Endgame Entertainment and DMG Entertainment
December 7, 2012 Playing for Keeps co-production with Lionsgate Films, VVS Films, Millennium Films and Nu Image.
December 28, 2012 Parker co-production with Entertainment One, Constantin Film, Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sierra Pictures.
March 8, 2013 Dead Man Down U.S distribution only; produced by Momentum Pictures, IM Global, Universum Film AG, WWE Studios and Original Film
March 22, 2013 Olympus Has Fallen co-production with Lionsgate Films, Universum Film AG, Roadshow Entertainment, VVS Films, Millennium Films and Nu Image.
April 5, 2013 Evil Dead U.S distribution only; produced by TriStar Pictures, Ghost House Pictures, and StudioCanal UK
September 13, 2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 U.S. distribution only; produced by Blumhouse Productions, Stage 6 Films and Entertainment One
November 27, 2013 Oldboy co-production with Universal Studios, Entertainment One, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Good Universe
January 31, 2014 That Awkward Moment co-production with Focus Features, VVS Films, StudioCanal, Universum Film AG, Entertainment One and Treehouse Pictures
February 21, 2014 Pompeii FilmDistrict's final release; Distributed by TriStar Pictures; co-production with Entertainment One, Constantin Film, Icon Productions, Summit Entertainment and Impact Pictures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kilday, Gregg (September 27, 2010). "King's FilmDistrict taps Bob Berney". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ "filmdistributorguide - Film District". Distributorreportcard.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ FilmDistrict Netflix Retrieved July 6, 2010
  4. ^ Open Road Films (June 28, 2012). http://www.openroadfilms.com/coming-soon/playing-the-field/. Retrieved July 6, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Christine Birch Joins FilmDistrict as Marketing President
  6. ^ Deadline, The. "FilmDistrict Hires Jim Orr As President Of Distribution". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (2012-05-17). "FilmDistrict Buys U.S. Rights To Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Pic 'Dead Man Down'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (2012-05-16). "FilmDistrict Acquires 'Oculus': Cannes". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  9. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2012-05-31). "FilmDistrict Names Three New Marketing Executives". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  10. ^ Deadline, The. "FilmDistrict Hires New Line’s Elissa Greer As SVP Publicity". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  11. ^ Deadline.com
  12. ^ "Focus Features Hires Peter Schlessel to Replace James Schamus as CEO". October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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