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Freestyle Releasing
Subsidiary
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2004
Founders
  • Susan Jackson
  • Mark Borde
  • Mike Doban[1]
Headquarters United States
Key people
Mark Borde[2] (President)
Services Film distribution
Number of employees
25[2]
Parent Entertainment Studios
Divisions Freestyle Digital Media
Turtle’s Crossing
Website Freestyle Releasing.com

Freestyle Releasing is a for-hire independent film distributor founded in 2004, specializing in releasing films theatrically. Unlike most distributors, Freestyle Releasing does not put up any prints and advertising money for its releases.[3]

Freestyle has a service distribution deal with Jeff Clanagan for a line of African-American movies called Code Black.[1]

History

Freestyle Releasing was founded in 2004 by Susan Jackson, Mark Borde and Mike Doban, formerly at United Artists Theaters. By January 2006, Jackson started the DVD label Freestyle Home Entertainment as an adjunct for additional leeway in its deal making. The company booked Winter Passing and Find Me Guilty for Yari Film Group in 2006.[1] Jackson and Borde in 2010 formed Freestyle Digital Media, a film aggregator for the video on demand market.[4]

By May 2011, Doban left to be chief operating officer at Sycamore Entertainment Group, a film prints and advertising (P&A) financing firm.[5] Jackson died in October 2014.[4] In October 2015 Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired Freestyle for an undisclosed amount "said to be sealed for high-eight figures".[2]

Units

  • Freestyle Digital Media, founded in 2010, a film aggregator for the video on demand market with an output deal with Netflix.[2]
  • Turtle’s Crossing, independent producer sales company,[2] which was founded by Jackson in 1999 and represented producers in selling their films[4]

Selected releases

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Toumarkine, Doris (January 5, 2006). "Freestyle Approach". Film Journal International. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Busch, Anita (2015-10-22). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Acquires Indie Freestyle Releasing". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  3. ^ a b c d Goldstein, Patrick (September 16, 2009). "The Big Picture". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sneider, Jeff (October 14, 2014). "Susan Jackson, Co-Founder of Freestyle Releasing, Dead at 54". TheWrap.
  5. ^ Fischer, Michael S. (May 12, 2011). "So You Want To Be In Movies?". Private Wealth Magazine. Charter Financial Publishing Network Inc. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved October 16, 2017.

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