Ketchup Entertainment & Bridge Independent Ink Digital Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainmentare teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push.

As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based BGP Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens Darkly and Sweaty Betty.

“As Ketchup continues to expand its U.S. distribution business we are excited to partner with Bridge Independent,” said Stephen Stanley, Ketchup’s Head of Distribution and Acquisitions. “Bill Straus has repeatedly shown extraordinary vision in finding smart, commercial, and forward looking independent films and we’re excited to formalize an already great working relationship.” Continue reading “Ketchup Entertainment & Bridge Independent Ink Digital Deal”

New Project “BeDeviled” Announced on Deadline!

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Interview with Filmback podcast!

I had the great pleasure of recording an episode of Filmback TV.  I met Claire when my short premiered at Macon Film Festival and was able to catch up with her later and discuss my filmmaking, my time in the industry, and advice for people just starting out on their creative journeys.  Check it out here (link to the podcast at bottom of page).

This Is Not A Club to premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

I couldn’t be more proud that This Is Not A Club will make its festival premiere at Newport Beach Film Fest!   The doc features Chris Pine narrating and tells the story of an amazing group of young people competing in high school Speech Club (also known as Forensics to those of you back home in the South).   Here’s a clip from the film:

This is Not a Club: Clip 1 from Ari Levinson on Vimeo.

Ketchup, Altitude form Pact


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Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.

Ketchup Entertainment has formed a distribution partnership with UK sales and distribution outfit Altitude Film Entertainment, which will see the latter distribute Ketchup titles across home ent, pay TV and free TV in the UK.

The deal was negotiated by Gareth West and Stephen Stanley, head of acquisitions, on behalf of Ketchup and by Will Clarke and Andy Mayson on behalf of Altitude Film Entertainment. Continue reading “Ketchup, Altitude form Pact”

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Love Punch’


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Director-writer: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Marisa Berenson
Distributor: Ketchup Entertainment

Ketchup first had a taste of The Love Punch at the 2012 AFM. The comedy revolves around a divorced couple who scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them. “Even at the promo stage, it had great chemistry,” said Ketchup’s Stephen Stanley. “It then premiered in Toronto and we closed the deal.” Stanley said that the older demographs are the natural fit for The Love Punch, though, they hope it will break out. “The film had the elements we like. It’s a commercial film with great actors,” added Stanley. Continue reading “Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Love Punch’”