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IndustryFilm and television distribution
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010)
FoundersDanny Fisher
Jack Fisher
Alan Klingenstein
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
Area served
Key people
Alan Klingenstein
Danny Fisher
Jack Fisher
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FilmRise is a film acquisition and distribution company headed by producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher, and Alan Klingenstein. Danny and Jack Fisher were the founders of the film and television company City Lights Media. Alan Klingenstein was formerly head of Filbert Steps Productions.

Originally known as Fisher Klingenstein Films, the FilmRise company acquires feature films, documentaries, and television series for distribution in all media including theatrical release, television syndication, and digital distribution.[1]

Select theatrical releases[edit]

Film and video acquisitions[edit]

In July 2014, FilmRise announced the acquisition of U.S. digital and DVD distribution rights to the Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.[2] It also acquired the digital distribution rights to the 1981 films An American Werewolf in London and Deadly Blessing, the TV movie Grave Secrets, and the SyFy series Deals from the Darkside. In 2013, they also acquired an entire slate of 1980s cult horror classic films for DVD and digital release. Also they did a partnership with Troma to distribuite some of their classics.[3]

In 2015, it was announced FilmRise had partnered with Harlan Capital Partners LLC to raise $25 million to finance acquisition and licensing of film and TV titles for all distribution channels.[4] In 2017, it was announced the company had raised roughly $50 million for future acquisitions led again by Harlan Capital Partners LLC.[5]

Amongst the shows which FilmRise has acquired are the U.S. digital distribution rights for the television show Forensic Files,[6] and North American distribution rights for Hank and Asha, an independently produced romantic comedy which won the Audience Award at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.[7]

In February 2017 FilmRise had acquired North American distribution rights to the Cate Blanchett film Manifesto,[8] as well as Marjorie Prime starring Jon Hamm.[9] It was also announced the company would release the James Franco film The Vault in theaters in the US.[10] Later, in 2017, FilmRise also acquired Vengeance: A Love Story starring Nicolas Cage.,[11] and the rights to the Carsey Werner series Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grace Under Fire, Cybill, A Different World, and Grounded for Life to be streamed on Amazon Prime.[12]

In January 2019, FilmRise signed streaming deals with content from ITV Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Warner Bros.[13]


  1. ^ "Fisher Klingenstein Films Acquires 'Back Door Channels – The Price of Peace'" (Press release). RedOrbit. PR Newswire. June 21, 2011.
  2. ^ FilmRise takes digital rights to Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously", The Hollywood Reporter, July 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Filmrise Acquires 80s Cult Horror Titles
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (2015-10-28). "FilmRise Raises $25 Million for Acquisitions, Licensing". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ "FilmRise Raises $50M in Acquisition Financing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  6. ^ FilmRise Nabs Stateside Digital Rights for Forensic Files, Variety, February 10, 2014.
  7. ^ FilmRise Acquires all U.S. Rights, Hollywood Reporter, October 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-02-10). "Cate Blanchett Pic 'Manifesto' Sells To FilmRise". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-03-28). "'Marjorie Prime' Acquired By FilmRise, With Awards-Season Push Planned For Lois Smith". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  10. ^ "FilmRise Opens 'The Vault' This September - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-06-21). "Nicolas Cage's 'Vengeance: A Love Story' Lands at FilmRise". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-08-03). "Amazon Prime Video to Add Full Seasons of 'Roseanne,' '3rd Rock From the Sun,' Four Other Classic Sitcoms". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
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