By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire January 15, 2014 at 4:51PM
Digital distribution company GoDigital, Inc. and Variance Films are merging and will rebrand as Amplify, a new all-rights film distribution company, it was announced today by GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti.
Marchetti will serve as Amplify's Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution & Marketing and will join Kent Sanderson in Amplify’s New York City office. Sanderson was recently brought on to serve as Executive Vice President of Distribution & Merchandising from Focus Features. Mulvey will function as Amplify's CEO, overseeing operations and administration, and will work directly with Marchetti and Sanderson to lead the merged company.
The new company plans to release 7-10 films per year across all platforms, with
an emphasis on matching quality films with the proper release strategy
on a film-by-film basis, whether that
be a day and date, traditional, or completely non-traditional pattern.
Amplify will be attending the The Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, looking to acquire new titles.
Variance and GoDigital will continue to exist as individual brands under Amplify, with Variance partnering directly with filmmakers to release the most exciting independent and foreign films, and GoDigital remaining a major player in the digital distribution space. Marchetti will lead the Variance Films business unit with Sanderson overseeing the core digital distribution business of GoDigital.
"Dylan and his team at Variance are among the best in the business as theatrical distributors and marketers, and I am truly looking forward to seeing their talents applied to a wider array of films at Amplify," said Mulvey.
Marchetti said, "For
the last five and a half years, Variance has had the privilege of
helping everyone from first-time filmmakers to the founders of
independent film release their films theatrically.
Now it's time to take the next step, and GoDigital is the perfect
partner to do it with," said Dylan Marchetti. "The industry is evolving
fast, and Amplify is going to be the best of both worlds: aggressive in
making sure that our films stand out from the
pack in a very loud way, while remaining constantly innovative and
Founded in 2008 by Marchetti, Variance Films partners with leading independent filmmakers to distribute independent films to theaters across the US and Canada. Recent and upcoming releases include Dave Grohl's "Sound City," Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's "Citizen Koch," Roger Ross Williams' "God Loves Uganda" and John Sayles' "Go For Sisters." Mulvey co-founded GoDigital that same year, originally as a distributor of music and filmed entertainment content via digital platforms.
deal was orchestrated by Kevin Iwashina on behalf of Preferred
Ventures, the digital media VC launched by former Facebook Chief Privacy
Officer Chris Kelly and FreeCreditReport.com founder
Ed Ojdana. Preferred Ventures has been a majority shareholder of
GoDigital, Inc. since 2012.