Bleecker Street (company)

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Bleecker Street
Private
IndustryEntertainment
FoundedAugust 2014 (2014-08)
FounderAndrew Karpen
Headquarters
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Andrew Karpen (CEO)
  • Jack Foley (President of Distribution)
  • Myles Bender (President of Marketing & Creative Advertising)
  • Tyler DiNapoli (President of Marketing, Media & Research)
  • Kent Sanderson (President of Acquisitions & Ancillary Distribution)[1]
ProductsMotion Pictures
ServicesFilm distribution
Number of employees
21 (January 2018) [2]
Websitewww.bleeckerstreetmedia.com

Bleecker Street is an American film distribution company based in New York City. The company was named after Andrew Karpen's prior company, Focus Features' street address, 65 Bleecker Street.[2]

History[edit]

Bleecker Street was formed in August 2014 by CEO Andrew Karpen, who is the former co-CEO of Focus Features with backing from Manoj Bhargava.[3] With the announcement of the company's formation, Bleecker had indicated an exclusive U.S. distribution output deal with Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures, effective immediately. Initial plans have the distributor releasing three to five pictures in 2015 and expanding from there.[4] Karpen hired four former Focus Feature employees as presidents in September 2014.[1] At the September 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Bleecker Street made its first film deal for Pawn Sacrifice's North American rights.[5]

In January 2015 at Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street made its first acquisition of worldwide rights with the purchase of Brett Haley's I'll See You In My Dreams[6] Also at the festival, the company signed on with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for a multiyear Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through and Video-on-Demand platforms deal.[7] Also that month, Bleecker signed a Canadian distributor multi-year deal with Elevation Pictures starting with Danny Collins.[8] Bleecker followed that up with an exclusive subscription multi-year content licensing agreement with Amazon Prime.[9]

Distribution library[edit]

Film Released Production Company
Danny Collins March 20, 2015 ShivHans Pictures[4]
I'll See You In My Dreams May 15, 2015[10] Two Flints[6]
Pawn Sacrifice September 16, 2015 Material Pictures[5]
Beasts of No Nation October 16, 2015
Trumbo November 6, 2015 ShivHans Pictures[4]
Eye in the Sky[11] March 11, 2016 Raindog Films
Elvis & Nixon April 22, 2016 Amazon Studios (non-theatrical distribution)[12]
Captain Fantastic July 8, 2016 ShivHans Pictures[4]
Anthropoid August 12, 2016 [11]
Denial September 30, 2016
Paterson December 28, 2016 [14]
The Last Word[11] March 3, 2017 [15]
The Lost City of Z April 14, 2017 [16]
Megan Leavey[11] June 9, 2017 [17]
Logan Lucky August 18, 2017 [18]
Breathe October 13, 2017 [19]
The Man Who Invented Christmas[11][20] November 22, 2017
Nostalgia February 16, 2018 [21]
Unsane March 23, 2018 [22]
Beirut April 11, 2018 [23]
Disobedience April 27, 2018 [24]
On Chesil Beach May 18, 2018 [23]
Leave No Trace June 29, 2018 [23]
McQueen July 20, 2018
Papillon August 24, 2018 [23]
Colette September 21, 2018 [23]
What They Had October 12, 2018 [23]
Arctic February 1, 2019 Armory Films (also financed)
Union Entertainment Group[25]
Hotel Mumbai March 29, 2019 [26]
Teen Spirit April 5, 2019[27] [28]
The Tomorrow Man May 24, 2019 [29]
The Art of Self-Defense June 21, 2019 [30]
Brian Banks August 9, 2019 [31]
Normal People
Molly

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Team, The Deadline (September 4, 2014). "Andrew Karpen's Bleecker Street Bulks Up With Four New Hires". Deadline. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Siegel, Tatiana (January 18, 2018). "Bleecker Street CEO on Sundance Post-Weinstein and the Future of Indie Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike (2014-08-13). "Ex-Focus Co-CEO Andrew Karpen Launches Bleecker Street". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ a b c d Cheney,, Alexandra (August 13, 2014). "Ex-Focus Features Chief Launches Distribution Company". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Fleming, Jr, Mike (September 10, 2014). "Toronto: Bleecker Street Makes First Big Deal For Chess Match Pic 'Pawn Sacrifice'". Deadline. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (2015-01-31). "'I'll See You In My Dreams' Acquired By Bleecker Street At Sundance". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 22, 2015). "Bleecker Street Signs with Universal for Home Entertainment". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 20, 2015). "Bleecker Street Pacts With Canada's Elevation Pictures". Deadline. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Lang, Brent (March 31, 2015). "Amazon, Bleecker Street Sign Streaming Distribution Pact". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2015-02-04). "'I'll See You In My Dreams' and 'Pawn Sacrifice' Get Release Dates". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  11. ^ a b c d e Brent Lang (2016-03-02). "Bleecker Street Scores With Small Films Like 'Captain Fantastic'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2015-06-23). "Amazon Teaming Up With Bleecker Street To Acquire 'Elvis + Nixon'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 1, 2016). "Rachel Weisz-Timothy Spall holocaust denier drama 'Denial' plots September release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  14. ^ Bramesco, Charles. "Paterson". New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Review: Shirley MacLaine Wants 'The Last Word'? She Should Have It". The New York Times. March 2, 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  16. ^ Chang, Justin (April 13, 2017). "James Gray's hauntingly beautiful 'The Lost City of Z' is Charlie Hunnam's finest performance". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  17. ^ "'Megan Leavey' review: Kate Mara is an embattled soldier aiming for reunion with her dog". Chicago Tribune. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  18. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey M. "Logan Lucky Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  19. ^ Ordona, Michael. "Breathe Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  20. ^ "Review: In 'The Man Who Invented Christmas,' Dickens as a Secret Documentarian". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  21. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey M. "Nostalgia Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  22. ^ Ordona, Michael. "Unsane Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  23. ^ a b c d e f Chuba, Kirsten (February 16, 2018). "Bleecker Street Announces Release Dates, Including 'Colette,' 'Papillon,' 'On Chesil Beach'". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  24. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey M. "Disobedience Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  25. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2018-05-11). "Bleecker Street Warms To 'Arctic' With Deal For North America – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  26. ^ "Former Weinstein Co. Film 'Hotel Mumbai' Finds New Home at Bleecker Street". Hollywood Reporter. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  27. ^ Erbland, Kate (December 20, 2018). "The 22 Best Films of 2019 We've Already Seen". IndieWire. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  28. ^ "New release dates and acquisitions from Bleecker Street". Bleecker Street Media. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  29. ^ "Bleecker Street snaps up Sundance premiere 'The Tomorrow Man'". Bleecker Street Media. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  30. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-09-11). "Dark Karate Comedy 'The Art Of Self-Defense' Hits At Bleecker Street". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  31. ^ "New release dates and acquisitions from Bleecker Street". Bleecker Street Media. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-30.

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