Neon (company)

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IndustryFilm industry
FoundedJanuary 13, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-01-13)[1]
FounderTom Quinn
Tim League
Area served
Key people
Kim Kalyka (Vice president)[2]
Number of employees
11-50 people[2]

Neon (stylized in all caps) is an American independent film production and distribution company founded in 2017 by CEO Tom Quinn and Tim League, who also was the co-founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain. The company is best known for distributing critically acclaimed and award-winning films such as I, Tonya (2017), Parasite (2019), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), The Worst Person in the World (2021), and Spencer (2021). Parasite is Neon's highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office with more than $200 million.[4] As of 2019, Tim League was no longer involved with daily operations for the company.[5]


During the 4th Annual Zurich Summit, Tom Quinn commented on Neon's intent to release titles that appeal to audiences who "skew under 45, that have no aversion to violence, no aversion to foreign language and to non-fiction."[6] In September 2017, the company partnered with Blumhouse Productions to manage BH Tilt.[7]

In 2019, a majority stake of Neon was sold to 30West, the media venture arm of The Friedkin Group.[8][9]

In 2021, Bleecker Street partnered with Neon to launch the joint home entertainment distribution company Decal. DECAL is a standalone full-service operation that handles distribution deals on the home entertainment rights to both Neon and Bleecker Street’s curated slates of features. The first film to be distributed through DECAL is the Bleecker Street release Supernova in winter 2021.[3] In addition, DECAL acquired North American distribution rights to the South African horror film Gaia for a summer theatrical release, marking their first ever acquisition.[10]

Prior to the joint-venture, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment as well as The Criterion Collection and Well Go USA Entertainment (for Possessor where Neon and Well Go co-distribute the film) distributed Neon's titles on home media.


As of February 2022, Neon has received a total of 18 Academy Award nominations. In 2018, I, Tonya received three nominations, winning Best Supporting Actress for Allison Janney.[11] In 2019, Border was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.[12] In 2020, Neon experienced its most successful Oscar season yet with Parasite and Honeyland accruing eight nominations in total, with the former winning four awards including Best Picture, becoming the first non-English language film to receive that honor, [13] and the first film distributed by Neon to be nominated and winning Best Picture. In 2022, Neon received six nominations at the 94th Academy Awards including three for Flee, two for The Worst Person in the World and a Best Actress nod for Kristen Stewart in Spencer.[14]


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  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 13, 2017). "Tom Quinn & Tim League Launch Distribution Shingle Neon For Sundance". Archived from the original on February 5, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "NEON & Bleecker Street Launch Joint Home Entertainment Distribution Company DECAL – Deadline". Archived from the original on March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "Why NEON Is The Hot New Distributor In Town — Deadline Disruptors". May 13, 2018. Archived from the original on February 28, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Sperling, Nicole (November 27, 2019). "'Parasite' Has Shocked the Box Office, Helped by an Upstart Studio". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  5. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (October 1, 2017). "How new US distribution outfit Neon is chasing younger audiences". Screen International. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2017). "Blumhouse Partners With Neon to Manage BH Tilt Label". Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 5, 2017). "Dan Friedkin And Micah Green Name Venture: 30WEST". Deadline. Archived from the original on December 17, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "'Parasite' Oscars are a huge win for Neon. Why the scrappy indie bet on Bong Joon Ho". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 2020. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  9. ^ Amanda N'Duka (March 5, 2021). "Decal Picks Up Horror Thriller 'Gaia' Ahead Of SXSW Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Lopez, Ricardo (March 4, 2018). "Allison Janney on Oscar Win: 'I Did It All by Myself'". Variety. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (February 19, 2019). "The weirdest movie at the Oscars is 'Border'". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on November 7, 2020. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  12. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 9, 2020). "Parasite wins Best Picture, making Oscar history". The Verge. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Oscars: Full List of Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. February 8, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.

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