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Susan Jackson, Freestyle Releasing Co-Founder, Loses Breast Cancer Battle

Susan Jackson, Freestyle Releasing Co-Founder, Loses Breast Cancer Battle

Longtime indie producer Susan Jackson, who most recently co-founded the indie distribution label Freestyle Releasing, passed away yesterday after a long battle with breast cancer.

According to an official statement released by Freestyle Releasing, Jackson “was surrounded by family and friends in her last days, and died peacefully.”

Jackson’s career in film distribution spanned two decades. She started off working at established labels such as The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Sony and the BBC. In 1999, however, she finally decided to strike off on her own. Jackson moved to Los Angeles and founded Turtles Crossing LLC, an indie sales company that sold the rights to both film and television projects.

A few years later in 2002, Jackson ventured into producing with Eli Roth’s film “Cabin Fever.” She served as an executive producer on “Cabin Fever,” which got picked up by Lionsgate and performed well at the box office.

Jackson continued to producing and working in distribution for the rest of her life. Freestyle Releasing, a distribution company that Jackson started back in 2004 with Mark Borde, boasts a robust slate of successful releases including “The Illusionist,” “Bottle Shock,” “My One and Only,” “Me and Orson Welles,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Left Behind.”

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Born in the UK, Jackson is survived by her husband, Ben Morahan, who lives in Los Angeles. For those wishing to send their condolences, you can make a donation in Jackson’s name to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara.

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