Bleecker Street (company)

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Bleecker Street
Industry Entertainment
Founded August 2014 (2014-08)
Founder Andrew Karpen
Area served
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]
Products Motion Pictures
Services Film distribution
Number of employees
21 (January 2018) [2]

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


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] Also at the festival, the company signed on with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for a multiyear Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through and Video-on-Demand platforms deal.[7] Also that month, Bleecker signed a Canadian distributor multi-year deal with Elevation Pictures starting with Danny Collins.[8] Bleecker followed that up with an exclusive subscription multi-year content licensing agreement with Amazon Prime.[9]

Distribution library

Film Released Notes
Danny Collins March 20, 2015
I'll See You In My Dreams May 15, 2015
Pawn Sacrifice September 16, 2015
Beasts of No Nation October 16, 2015
Trumbo November 6, 2015
Eye in the Sky[10] March 11, 2016
Elvis & Nixon April 22, 2016 co-distribution with Amazon Studios [11]
Captain Fantastic July 8, 2016
Anthropoid August 12, 2016
Denial September 30, 2016
Paterson December 28, 2016
The Last Word[10] March 3, 2017
The Lost City of Z April 14, 2017
Megan Leavey[10] June 9, 2017
Logan Lucky August 18, 2017
Breathe October 13, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas November 22, 2017
Nostalgia February 16, 2018
Unsane March 23, 2018
Beirut April 11, 2018
Disobedience April 27, 2018
On Chesil Beach May 18, 2018
Leave No Trace June 29, 2018
McQueen July 20, 2018
Papillon August 24, 2018
Colette September 21, 2018
What They Had October 12, 2018
Arctic February 1, 2019
Hotel Mumbai March 22, 2019 co-distribution with ShivHans Pictures[12]
Teen Spirit April 12, 2019
The Tomorrow Man May 22, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense July 12, 2019
Brian Banks August 9, 2019
Normal People
Dream Horse 2020


  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. ^ a b c Brent Lang (2016-03-02). "Bleecker Street Scores With Small Films Like 'Captain Fantastic'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  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.

External links

  • Official website
  • Bleecker Street on IMDb
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