Industry Veterans Alan Klingenstein, Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher Launch Distribution Company FilmRise


Oct 09, 2013, 12:43 ET from FilmRise

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan Klingenstein, Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher today announced their new distribution company, FilmRise.  As the industry continues to evolve, FilmRise approaches distribution in a forward-looking way with its emphasis on worldwide digital distribution and online DVD sales, together with traditional distribution models including big-box retail DVD, television licensing and theatrical releases on select films.

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FilmRise is engaged in an aggressive acquisition strategy that has seen the new company hit the ground running with over 2,500 film and television titles in a wide range of genres, from classic television, festival award indies, children's programming, documentaries, special interest and award-winning foreign language releases.

The company's acquisitions include over one hundred TV movies from Lifetime and the major broadcast networks, television series including We-TV's "Women Behind Bars," TLC's "Urban Legends," PBS' Emmy award winning "The Big Comfy Couch,"" Discovery Kids' "Popular Mechanics for Kids" and "Deals from the Darkside" from SyFy Channel.

Film titles include digital rights to classics such as John Landis' "American Werewolf in London," Franco Zeffirelli's "Endless Love" and 80's action movie "Red Scorpion," to new documentaries such as "OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie," which the company released theatrically in 25 U.S. cities.

"I'm thrilled to be in an alliance with industry veterans Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher, whose former company City Lights Media created and produced 63 television shows, including Food Network's hit series "Chopped," and financed, produced and distributed dozens of movies and documentaries," said Alan Klingenstein, Chairman, FilmRise.

"We believe we are revolutionizing the way film and television content is distributed by understanding - and knowing how to leverage - the explosive growth of the digital world, both in terms of direct-to-digital distribution, as well as social media and viral marketing," said Danny Fisher, CEO, FilmRise.

FilmRise's titles are in release at all the major big-box retailers including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and Target, on line through Amazon Disc on Demand, and digitally on Amazon Prime, Netflix Instant Watch, iTunes, Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Fandor, Vutopia and other digital platforms. FilmRise is also releasing select films theatrically, licensing films internationally, and licensing to domestic television – cablecast, broadcast, as well as on demand.

The principals behind FilmRise are Alan Klingenstein, Danny Fisher and Jack Fisher. Alan Klingenstein produced such critically acclaimed motion pictures as "Trumbo" and Sundance winner "Two Family House." Alan served for many years as an investment banker, securities attorney, and chief corporate legal officer. Danny Fisher grew City Lights into a world recognized film and television mini-major. Jack Fisher led City Lights' production division, overseeing dozens of television series and theatrical features, over 1,000 webisodes, and one of the world's largest state-of-the-art post-production facilities.