Bleecker Street (company)

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

Bleecker Street Media LLC.
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

HistoryEdit

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] At the same time, the company signed a multi-year home entertainment distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.[7] Later in the month, the company signed a multi-year Canadian distribution deal with Elevation Pictures starting with Danny Collins.[8] Bleecker Street followed that up with an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement with Amazon Prime.[9]

In 2019, Bleecker Street partnered with Hulu on a new output deal granting Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to all upcoming Bleecker Street theatrical films. The first film to hit the streaming service in Fall 2019 is Hotel Mumbai.[10]

Distribution libraryEdit

Released filmsEdit

Release date Film Notes
March 20, 2015 Danny Collins
May 15, 2015 I'll See You In My Dreams
September 16, 2015 Pawn Sacrifice
October 16, 2015 Beasts of No Nation co-distribution with Netflix
November 6, 2015 Trumbo
March 11, 2016 Eye in the Sky
April 22, 2016 Elvis & Nixon co-distribution with Amazon Studios[11]
July 8, 2016 Captain Fantastic
August 12, 2016 Anthropoid
September 30, 2016 Denial
December 28, 2016 Paterson co-distribution with Amazon Studios
March 3, 2017 The Last Word
April 14, 2017 The Lost City of Z co-distribution with Amazon Studios
June 9, 2017 Megan Leavey
August 18, 2017 Logan Lucky
October 13, 2017 Breathe
November 22, 2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas
February 16, 2018 Nostalgia
March 23, 2018 Unsane
April 11, 2018 Beirut
April 27, 2018 Disobedience
May 18, 2018 On Chesil Beach
June 29, 2018 Leave No Trace
July 20, 2018 McQueen
August 24, 2018 Papillon
September 21, 2018 Colette
October 12, 2018 What They Had
February 1, 2019 Arctic
March 22, 2019 Hotel Mumbai co-distribution with ShivHans Pictures[12]
April 12, 2019 Teen Spirit co-distribution with LD Entertainment
May 22, 2019 The Tomorrow Man
July 12, 2019 The Art of Self-Defense
August 9, 2019 Brian Banks
January 31, 2020 The Assistant
February 14, 2020 Ordinary Love
March 13, 2020 The Roads Not Taken
May 22, 2020 Military Wives
September 16, 2020 The Secrets We Keep
October 2, 2020 Save Yourselves!

UpcomingEdit

Release date Film Notes
December 11, 2020 Wild Mountain Thyme[13]
January 29, 2021 Supernova[14]
2022 Mr. Malcolm's List[15]
TBA Dream Horse[16]
TBA Untitled Mike Leigh project[17]
TBA The World to Come
TBA The Klarfelds

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Cheney, Alexandra (August 13, 2014). "Ex-Focus Features Chief Launches Distribution Company". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ 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. ^ 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. ^ "Hulu, Bleecker Street Ink Multiyear Output Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  11. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2015-06-23). "Amazon Teaming Up With Bleecker Street To Acquire 'Elvis + Nixon'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 22, 2018). "'Hotel Mumbai', The Former Weinstein Movie, Scores Bleecker Street & ShivHans Deal Ahead Of Toronto Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Ritman, Alex (September 3, 2019). "Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm Joining Jamie Dornan in 'Wild Mountain Thyme'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (9 October 2020). "'Supernova': Bleecker Street Picks Up Domestic To Colin Firth & Stanley Tucci Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  15. ^ Keslassy, Elsa; Lang, Brent (July 9, 2020). "'Mr. Malcolm's List' With Freida Pinto, Constance Wu Sells to Bleecker Street (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  16. ^ Lang, Brent (October 25, 2019). "Bleecker Street Buys Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Drama 'The Assistant'". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Ritman, Alex (February 14, 2020). "Mike Leigh Sets Next Film, Bleecker Street Takes U.S. Rights". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2020.

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