Neon (distributor)

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IndustryFilm industry
FoundedJanuary 13, 2017; 3 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]
ParentThe Friedken Group
DivisionsBH Tilt (with Blumhouse Productions)

Neon (stylized as NEON) is an American 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 releasing films, such as Ingrid Goes West, I, Tonya, Three Identical Strangers, and Parasite.[3] As of 2019, Tim League is no longer involved with daily operations for the company.[4]


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."[5] In September 2017, the company partnered with Blumhouse Productions to manage BH Tilt.[6]

In 2019, a majority stake of NEON was sold to 30West, the media venture arm of The Friedken Group.[7][8]


As of February 2020, Neon has received a total of 12 Academy Award nominations. In 2018, I, Tonya received three nominations, winning Best Supporting Actress for Allison Janney.[9] In 2019, Border was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.[10] 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.[11]


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  1. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (January 13, 2017). "Tom Quinn & Tim League Launch Distribution Shingle Neon For Sundance".
  2. ^ "Why NEON Is The Hot New Distributor In Town — Deadline Disruptors". May 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Sperling, Nicole (November 27, 2019). "'Parasite' Has Shocked the Box Office, Helped by an Upstart Studio". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  4. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (October 1, 2017). "How new US distribution outfit Neon is chasing younger audiences". Screen International. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (September 7, 2017). "Blumhouse Partners With Neon to Manage BH Tilt Label".
  6. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (September 5, 2017). "Dan Friedkin And Micah Green Name Venture: 30WEST". Deadline. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "'Parasite' Oscars are a huge win for Neon. Why the scrappy indie bet on Bong Joon Ho". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Lopez, Ricardo (March 4, 2018). "Allison Janney on Oscar Win: 'I Did It All by Myself'". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (February 19, 2019). "The weirdest movie at the Oscars is 'Border'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  10. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 9, 2020). "Parasite wins Best Picture, making Oscar history". The Verge. Retrieved February 10, 2020.

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