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Distributor Profile: First Look Studios

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 3, 2010 at 6:30AM

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Company History
First Look Studios is a leading independent film distributor that acquires, markets and distributes feature films, television series and specialty programming. First Look owns a vast home entertainment library consisting of over 1000 titles; previous theatrical releases include: "Paris, Je Taime," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," "War, Inc.," "Transsiberian," "The Proposition" and "King of California."


Company Focus

Types of films in distributor’s slate:
We are very proud of the diversity in our upcoming slate as well as in our catalog, which is comprised of films from every genre.

Advice for filmmakers:
Make sure you meet the marketing and distribution people who will be working on your film and make sure they love it! Get specific with the distribution person about which theaters s/he can get for your film. You should trust their experience and expertise, but tell the distributor about other films your film reminds you of and specific elements from other films’ release campaigns that you would like them to emulate. You have been living with the project for a lot longer than they have and they should appreciate your input and feedback. Sometimes it’s better to work with a smaller distributor who will give your film the proper TLC.


Quick Stats

Who handles acquisitions:
Steve Break

Number of films released theatrically each year:
5-10

Distribution platforms other than theatrical:
All platforms - DVD, Blu-ray, TV, all forms of VOD and Digital

Number of films released exclusively via VOD/DVD or “alternative” means of release:
20-25 annually

Number of films acquired at festivals:
25%

Festivals where distributor has acquired films in the last two years:
Toronto, Sundance, Cannes, AFM/AFI

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